Body Buzz: Flossing 101

Is it better to floss before or after a meal? According to experts, it’s best to floss before brushing because flossing helps break up the debris, and brushing sweeps it away. Flossing at least twice a day is best, but once is enough to keep your mouth healthy and your smile bright.

Tips for Flossing:

1. A good tip is to establish a regular routine and time for flossing, so you don’t forget
2. If you’re only brushing and not flossing, you’re only cleaning 60 percent of your teeth.
3. No time to floss? Floss your upper teeth in the morning, lower teeth in the evening.
4. Flossing disturbs bacteria and stops it before it can create plaque and cause gum and bone disease. Floss once a day for a healthier set of teeth and gums.
5. Flossing helps to remove plaque from in between your teeth. Brushing only cleans three fourths of your teeth’s surfaces. That means if you brush and don’t floss it is like not cleaning seven of your teeth!

The ADA recommends the following for good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Decay- causing bacteria still hang around between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach.