The Importance of Flossing Every DayA survey once asked people what drew them most to other people. The most common answer was their smile. It is, thus, that everyone should care about their teeth and smile. After all, one of the greatest blessings in life is being loved and liked by people around us.

Most people understand the importance of brushing their teeth at least twice a day. However, the importance of flossing often becomes compromised, even when flossing is one of the easiest and most effective ways of keeping your teeth healthy. We dedicate this article to creating awareness about flossing. In this article, we answer two key questions. Why should you floss every day? How should you do it?

Let us answer the first question first.

Why Should You Floss Every Day?

Flossing gives you a beautiful smile, but more importantly, it helps one get rid of the plaque stuck between the teeth, which is the primary source of all bacteria present in the mouth. Plaque also causes the formation of acid within the mouth. This acid, in turn, corrodes the teeth and leads to the formation of cavities and gum disease. Gum disease is something you want to stay away from as it causes the teeth and gums to decay prematurely. Moreover, it also directly impacts the bone that supports our teeth and keeps our face looking fresh and young.

Not many people know that a tooth does not just have interior and exterior surfaces. In fact, each tooth has five surfaces and a toothbrush alone cannot reach all of these surfaces. The only way to reach and clean all five sides is to combine brushing with flossing.

How Should You Floss?

Now, let us move to answer the second question: how should you floss?

Flossing correctly is as important as flossing itself – you don’t want to be doing it wrong. So, how should you floss? To start with, remember that you must floss every day and at least twice each day. How to floss properly?

To start with, the first thing you must know is that there are two types of flosses available in the market: Teflon and nylon. You can go for either of them — there is no particular advantage that one has over the other. However, if you suffer from gum recession or the space between your teeth is more than normal, you will benefit from using a flat and wide dental tape. If the space between your teeth is normal, you should use Gore-tex, a thin floss that is quite easily available in the market. If you find flossing troublesome, you should most certainly use a gore-tex as it is quite simple to use.


If you are someone who hates going to the dentist, you should make it a point to indulge in good oral care. Brushing alone isn’t enough — you must get rid of the food particles and plaque stuck between your teeth. That’s where floss comes in handy. Remember to floss at least twice each day.

If you are looking for a dentist, HPS Advanced Dental Care would love to see you.  Dr. Heather and Dr. Maltese are gladly accepting new patients.

We are located at 4741 24 Mile Rd. Shelby Township, MI 48316, and we can be reached at  (248) 652-0024.  We look forward to meeting you!