To Floss or Not To Floss?


As we all know, you can’t believe everything you read or hear these days. You have probably heard some say there is no benefit to flossing, they are wrong. The American Dental Association and basically every other major dental hygiene organization, including Dr. Wyman Martin, agree you must continue to floss. It is recommended to brush for two minutes, at least twice daily, floss between teeth once daily and continue your regular visits every six months.  Statistics say approximately 3% of people floss regularly, something so simple that has been known to extend your life for up to 7 years isn’t being adhered to. Flossing helps prevent plaque from hardening into tartar, which can contribute to receding gums and gum disease. It’s best to floss after brushing before bed, but if you can’t do it then, do it when most convenient for you.

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