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How often do you floss? If you were to ask this question to most of your friends, chances are that only a handful of them would say they do it daily. In fact, only 30% of Americans do. This is a problem.

What Happens When You Don’t Floss

Think about it: When you brush your teeth, you’re only reaching some areas of your pearly whites. Yet, you eat several times a day, every single day. With each meal, you’re leaving food particles to decompose in between your teeth. If you don’t take care of it, they become a breeding ground for bacteria. This, in turn, will cause plaque buildup.

The story doesn’t end there. Those gnarly little microorganisms having a party in your mouth will then cause your gums to become inflamed. This paves the way for gum disease.

We’re not telling you these Boogeyman stories to freak you out. We’re telling you so you understand the importance of flossing. It’s such a simple task that, when done correctly, will save you from so much hassle in the future.

What if Flossing Makes My Gums Bleed

Bleeding gums are often a sign of gingivitis, which is the early stages of gum disease. If left untreated, it may cause tooth decay and eventual tooth loss. How many dates do you think you’ll get on Tinder if you have no teeth?

A good starting point to prevent all of this from happening is to visit your dentist for regular teeth cleanings. Doing so will mean you’ll have less plaque buildup, which in turn should either reduce or eliminate the bleeding. And then you’ll be more likely to floss (right?)

How to Floss Properly

Tear several inches of floss and wrap it around your fingers. Insert between your teeth , and slide it in up-and-down and side-to-side motions. Gently wrap the floss around each tooth , including the very back ones, and pull it out.

Do this every single day. Make it as much of a habit as brushing your teeth. It doesn’t matter if you do it before or after brushing, just get it done. And if you do it at night, before going to bed, you won’t have festering bacteria partying up in your mouth until sunrise.

Even If You Floss, You Still Have to Go to the Dentist, Contact Impeccable Smiles for Dental Care

Whether you just need to have a regular teeth cleaning, to treat gum disease, or even to just learn in detail how to floss correctly, we’re here to help you. Call us or schedule an appointment online. We’ll be happy to help you.