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You probably understand how brushing your teeth can benefit the health of your entire mouth, but do you know why flossing is important? In reality, there are a number of benefits to flossing, and a few things you may need to do to get the most benefits from your flossing.

When you brush your teeth, you’re removing plaque and bacteria. If you don’t remove bad bacteria from your teeth, you could be more vulnerable to tooth decay. However, you probably realize that your brush can’t reach certain areas of your mouth. To avoid this issue, you’ll need to use floss. Floss can reach these areas, including between your teeth and beneath your gumline.

Still, to enjoy the benefits of flossing, there are a few things you’ll need to do. For instance, it’s extremely important for you to use a clean section of floss for every tooth—meaning you’ll need about 18 inches of floss. You should floss at least once a day, though keeping floss on hand to use after you eat could also be beneficial.

When you floss your teeth, please remember to wrap it around your tooth. In reality, your floss should be in a “C” shape when you’re cleaning your pearly whites. It’s also important to remember that, despite what you’ve heard, your gums should not bleed when you floss. Please don’t misunderstand: if you haven’t flossed for some time and start again, your gums might bleed for a few days. Generally, this shouldn’t last for longer than a week. If it does, please give us a call.

If you’re interested in learning more about flossing, or how to floss correctly, please feel free to contact Wright Smile Center of Woodbridge at 703-878-7883. Dr. Rita D. Wright and our team will answer any questions you have. We look forward to receiving your call soon.