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Flossing is an integral and indispensable part of a complete oral hygiene routine. Here are a few common questions presented about flossing.

What is flossing, and why is it important?

Flossing is the most common method of interdental cleaning in the United States. While brushing cleans plaque and debris off of the biting and chewing surfaces of your teeth, flossing removes plaque from areas your toothbrush can’t reach. These areas include in between teeth and behind the back molars.

How often should I floss?

You should floss once every day. Flossing your teeth should take a total of about two to three minutes. It doesn’t matter if you floss before or after you brush, as long as both brushing and flossing get done.

Can I just use mouthwash instead?

No. Mouthwash is not an effective substitute for brushing or flossing, though it can be part of a highly effective oral health routine.

If traditional flossing is hard for you, there are some alternatives. If you floss regularly, but your gums still get irritated or bleed, try floss designed for sensitive gums. Pre-strung flossers are also a great option, particularly if you have trouble reaching around all of your teeth. Water flossers are an effective option if your have trouble maneuvering traditional dental floss.

For more information, call Calavera Hills Dental in Oceanside, California, at 760-842-5876. Dr. Christopher Layton and our team are happy to help you get the smile you want!