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If you are one of the skeptics about flossing, you aren’t alone. There are over 31% of Americans who don’t floss. But did you know that by not flossing, you are causing more problems for your mouth?

We are going to give your some of the more common misconceptions on flossing and show you the facts as to why they are wrong.

If my gums bleed, I should stop flossing

Truth: It’s not unusual for your gums to bleed after flossing, especially if you haven’t flossed in quite some time. Your gums aren’t bleeding from flossing, they are bleeding because bacteria has grown and caused inflammation. Your gums should bleed less and less the more you floss.

Flossing must be done before brushing

Wrong. It doesn’t necessarily when you floss, just as long as you do it. You can even decide to floss your teeth in the middle of the day at work if you chose. The point is making it a habit every day.

I can loosen my dental work if I floss

Flossing does not loosen fillings, crowns, veneers or bridges. If something does come out while flossing, contact your dentist immediately to notify them of the problem. Once the problem has been fixed, continue to floss daily.

Keeping your teeth healthy and strong is just as important to us as it is to you. Please contact our office to schedule your appointment by calling 479-756-8631!