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With new research emerging about the benefits of flossing, many patients of Drs. Galligan and Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island, NY ask specific questions about this key part of oral hygiene. For instance, when should you floss? How often should it be done? And, just what are those health benefits that come from regular flossing.

Let’s consider each of these issues in turn, beginning with when you should floss. This is a bit of a trick question because the best answer to it begins with a look at why we floss. Flossing is done as part of regular dental hygiene because it both loosens and removes any plaque that has built up on certain areas of the teeth. It also removes any food particles lodged between the teeth. This helps reduce the risk of decay, and as your dentist in Staten Island, we say to just be sure you do it at least once each day.

However, with that being said, it is a good idea to floss before brushing as this ensures any food is removed and plaque loosened up and then brushed away.

Next, we need to consider how often you floss, and that too has to look at general hygiene. After all, we recommend brushing after each meal, and that means you will floss several times per day. If you just floss before bed and when you wake, that is perfectly fine too, the point is to floss.

As to the health benefits of flossing, it is of the utmost importance and something emphasized whenever you get any preventative dentistry or general dentistry treatments. Visit our team and we will typically ask you about flossing whenever we do a checkup and cleaning. We can tell you where you might be missing with the brush and floss, and how to ensure you improve your oral hygiene to eliminate risks of decay or disease.

Contact Our Staten Island Dentist Office to Learn More About Flossing

When to floss? Hopefully, this article has cleared it up, but if you have more questions, feel free to give us a call at our Staten Island, NY office at 718-984-7700. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.