Updated: Dec 7, 2022
As a dentist, we get asked this question on a daily basis. Here is what the experts recommend.
You know that flossing is good for your teeth and gums, but are you sure you're flossing as often as you should? And are you doing it correctly? Flossing can feel like an annoying chore, yet this essential task can make all the difference to your dental health. Here's everything you need to know to establish a solid flossing routine.
How Often Should You Floss?
Brushing your teeth twice per day is an effective way to clean the visible surfaces of your teeth, but what about the hard-to-reach areas in between your teeth and the spot where your teeth meet the gums? Flossing cleans between your teeth and along your gumline. If plaque isn't removed from these areas, the sticky deposit builds up and eventually hardens. The resulting substance is called tartar or calculus, and it can lead to gum disease, according to the Canadian Dental Association (CDA). The CDA recommends flossing at least once per day to remove plaque, bacteria and food debris and help prevent cavities and gum disease.