Once a day is actually optimal. Constant flossing can irritate the gums' soft tissue and cause inflammation and bleeding. Over time, flossing too vigorously can also wear down your gum line and tooth enamel. So floss your teeth gently.
The only exception to the once a day flossing would be after eating something sticky, hard, or stringy. That can get stuck behind your teeth, but just using a toothpick should be fine.
- What’s dental tape? How do you use it???
- How do you stop yourself from gagging while flossing?
- Why should I floss???
- What tool do you use for flossing and how wasteful is it? I use some rubber toothpicks myself, and some string on fork picks, but would like to find a less wasteful solution.
- How can I motivate myself to floss when I just want to go to bed?
To start of with, you should try flossing just once a day, but when this becomes part of your routine, you should start flossing twice a day. If you started flossing twice a day at the beginning, you would most like find it difficult to keep going so you would just give up.
- Is it really helpful to have the floss habit?
- What are the benefits of flossing? But I mean, visible ones. I’ve not been flossing for more then 10 years and nothing happened.
- Do you have a travel floss?
- Does having a scented floss actually do anything?
- What flossing tools can I use to keep from damaging my gums? Mint dental floss sticks between my teeth and is hard to use. Any suggestions for good alternative ways to floss?
- Are you supposed to floss after every meal? How do you do that if you aren’t home?
- How to I get in to the habit of flossing again?
- Do you think flossing is important? If you don’t or do, why so?
- It doesn’t hurt your teeth to floss more than once a day, right?
- Do you recommend any particular type of floss for teeth with wide gaps between them?