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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.

You see, there are areas of your mouth that you shouldn’t clean with your brush. You probably won’t be able to clean these areas effectively and you could damage your gums and teeth try to. Still, you need to remove plaque from your teeth to avoid issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. By flossing, you’ll be able to clean your teeth thoroughly without damaging them.

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. You should form a “C” shape when you floss, to remove as much plaque as possible. 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 Art of Dentistry PC at 212-203-4796. Dr. Zoya Yadgarov and our team will answer any questions you have. We look forward to receiving your call soon.