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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.

Unfortunately, many people who floss could improve in some areas. For example, did you know that if you don’t use a long enough piece of floss, you could be spreading germs and bacteria between your teeth? To avoid this issue, you should remember to use a piece of floss that’s about 18 inches long. You should also remember to shape your floss into a “C” shape. Finally, don’t expect your gums to bleed when you floss, though they could swell and bleed if you haven’t flossed in some time. However, this shouldn’t last for more than a week.

If you’re interested in learning more about flossing, or how to floss correctly, please feel free to contact Grant R Young DDS at 715-845-6222. Dr. Grant R Young and our team will answer any questions you have. We look forward to receiving your call soon.