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Did you know that skipping flossing your teeth for days to months can actually be worse for your smile than not brushing? The American Dental Association wants you to be informed that flossing daily is an essential component of oral health care. In this post, we inform you why daily flossing is crucial to the health of your smile.

While brushing your teeth does a lot for your smile, daily flossing removes plaque from around the gum line and between your teeth, where toothbrushes can’t reach. The time of day you floss doesn’t matter as long as you floss every single day. Simply designate a time of day to take a few minutes to enhance your dental health. Many people prefer to floss before bed because salivary glands responsible for neutralizing bacteria decrease production during sleep.

While you may experience mild discomfort or bleeding if you are new to flossing or haven’t flossed in a while, this should dissipate within a week or two, and you should never experience actual pain. If discomfort persists longer, though, please contact McQuiston Dental for a visit.

To speak with our dentist, Dr. Scott McQuiston, about proper flossing habits in Alexandria, Virginia, please feel free to call 703-354-0111 today.