When you were younger, you were probably reminded by your parents, or at least your dentist, to floss your teeth once a day in addition to the standard brushing twice a day. This is because flossing is just as important as brushing for the health of your mouth. In fact, without flossing, you’re leaving behind a lot of harmful bacteria that your toothbrush simply cannot reach.
Floss gets to places your toothbrush can’t, removing small bits of food trapped in between your teeth and gums. If you don’t get all this food out, it forms bacteria. Those bacteria will eventually turn into plaque, which yields to tartar and eventually some form of gum disease. At first, your gums might become sore, inflamed, or bleed when you brush. After some time, this can lead to gingivitis and then periodontitis, also known as advanced gum disease.
Whether or not you floss in the morning or evening is up to you. Some people prefer bedtime so their mouth is nice and clean before they hit the pillow for a good night’s snooze. It doesn’t really matter if you floss before or after you brush. However, flossing before you brush can clean out the spaces between your teeth and allow for more coverage and penetration by the fluoride in your toothpaste.
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