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Though some have debated the importance of interdental cleaning in the recent past, it remains that flossing is an integral and irreplaceable part of a complete oral hygiene routine. Let’s take a look at a few common questions presented about flossing.

What is flossing, and why is it important?

Flossing is a common method of interdental cleaning, that is, cleaning between teeth. While brushing cleans plaque and debris off of the surfaces of your teeth, flossing removes plaque from spaces your toothbrush can’t reach very well, like in between teeth and behind the back molars.

How often should I floss?

You should floss once daily. Cleaning around each of 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 get done.

Can I just use mouthwash instead?

No. Mouthwash is not an effective substitute for flossing, though it does bring its own benefits and can be part of a highly effective oral health routine.

If traditional flossing is difficult for you, there are alternatives. Pre-strung flossers are a great option. If you floss regularly, but your gums still get irritated or bleed, floss designed for sensitive gums may be a good alternative. Water flossers are also an effective option, especially if your have trouble maneuvering traditional dental floss.

For more information, call Luminous Dental Studio in Frisco, Texas, at 469-731-5700. Dr. Kim and Dr. Chang are happy to help you get the smile you desire!