How long should one floss?

Filinto Fernandes
As long as you can get between all the teeth and make sure nothing is left in there. It doesn’t matter how long, but how qualitatively. 🙂

Nick Carter
The amount of time you spend flossing is not as important as how thoroughly you floss. You should make sure to get down the side of each tooth as far as you can comfortably go without causing pain or bleeding*. In other words, once the floss is between your teeth, using decent pressure, wiggle the floss back and forth and side to side to scrape the sides of both teeth. The point is to remove any junk that your toothbrush can’t reach and to interrupt bad bacterial growth.
*If you’re just beginning flossing or starting to floss again after a long break, there may be some bleeding as your gums toughen up, but it shouldn’t last more than a day or two. If it persists, you may have a more serious dental issue and you should go see a dentist.

Erwan Lucas
You should floss as long as needed. Back and forth and up and down for every tooth. Your not only stimulating and cleaning the gums, your also cleaning the tooth where they connect and removing and bacteria.

Daisy Long
This is a personal decision as we all have different dental work, for example: braces, bridges, crowns, and implants… Personally I have found that it is good to floss, gently in between the gum and tooth, rinse. Then look for anything that have been hiding. I hope that helps.

Dustin Rodriguez
Maybe one minute. You should feel all the particles must have been dislodged. Also the very end of molars. Better to floss after gargling, then brush the teeth teeth .

Connor Owens
! U have to move the floss two times between each gap. 2 times to cover both teeth. Goal is not just to take out the food. U have to draw the floss on the surface of your tooth to break the plakes. I just tried and it took me less than two minutes.

Mahmut Hartwich
Quality of floss rather than time. Brush your teeth dry, no water, then floss. This will allow the toothpaste to go between your teeth, reaching the 40% of your teeth that your toothbrush can’t.

Cristine Ribeiro
Not sure. Maybe it’s not how long but accuracy and efficiency. Sometimes it take some me a bit longer after I eat fibrous and thready foods.

Edmundo Da costa
An excellent question. I have never really thought about how long it should take to floss and indeed break down tartar buildup.
Researching this topic, I found that the Canadian Dental Assoc. proposed that one should spend 2-3 minutes flossing ‘the teeth you want to keep’ (that was my favorite saying). However, the way one flosses is more complex than the timing. Be certain to look up the correct way of flossing.
Thank you for asking the question.
Question: what is the correct technique for flossing?

Alison Richards
As long as it takes to remove all debris from each tooth! I always do each tooth once, unless food comes out. Then I go over the same tooth until nothing comes out any more. I find it best to rinse thoroughly, then floss, then brush, then rinse again, and lightly brush if you are going to bed so the paste can cover your teeth all night. This whole routine typically takes 5-10 minutes. Hope this helps and happy dental hygiene!

Manuel Perry
Until you get the job done doesn’t matter the time as long as it is done to all your teeth and gums effectively should only take a few minutes more or less and gets easier and less painful with time