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Flossing: Your once-a-day ticket to dental health
Updated: 11/3/2008 4:00:34 PM
 

Flossing: Your once-a-day ticket to dental health Though most people may brush their teeth at least once a day, there are many who skip one of the most beneficial dental care habits you can practice - flossing.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, many patients say that they don't floss because they lack the time to do so.

However, dental health experts recommend that people only need to set aside a few minutes every day for flossing in order to see some benefits. Even flossing two or three times a week is better than nothing.

"I request that my patients floss once a day for control of tartar build-up on their teeth, because plaque is continually developing on your teeth, causing cavities and gum disease," commented AGD spokesperson Dr Barbara Rich.

She recommended that people who struggle to remember to floss before bed may want to try fitting it in at some other point during the day - such as their lunch break at work or while watching TV in the evenings.

People who are new to flossing may find that their gums bleed slightly at first due to inflammation. However, this reaction is likely to go away after flossing becomes a regular habit and gums are healthier.
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