You know brushing twice a day is important. But do you floss? And, no, twice a month doesn’t count. Here’s why you shouldn’t write off this essential step.
Skipping a few days allows bacteria the perfect amount of time to solidify. Plaque starts to harden within hours of eating, and once 48 hours have passed, the cavity-causing substance will be firmly stuck to your teeth, best removed by a professional cleaning.
Flossing every 24 hours is just as important as brushing because it helps remove the plaque and debris that adhere to your teeth and gums. Flossing also helps polish the surfaces of your teeth and control bad breath.
Pregnant women have an extra reason to floss: Gum disease is linked to premature and low-weight birth.
Last updated January 10, 2022
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