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You Know You Should Brush for Two Minutes – But How Long Should You Floss For?

February 24, 2021

You Know You Should Brush for Two Minutes – But How Long Should You Floss For?

It is a relatively well-known fact that in a perfect world, you should be brushing twice a day for at least two minutes. While not everyone meets that goal, they at least know what it is. But when it comes to flossing, do you know how long you should be doing it? Should you floss for more or less than two minutes?

Find out the secret to exceptional flossing technique, and then contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 if you are in need of a dental appointment with an experienced California dentist. We are standing by to help you learn how to best care for your teeth.

Quality is More Important than Duration

Generally speaking, you want to floss each tooth. This involves flossing between teeth and scraping the sides of each tooth down as well. When you correctly brush your teeth, you will get rid of much of the bacteria from your teeth – but not all of it. Flossing gets to the plaque that can cling to the tooth enamel.

Some people drag the floss between teeth and believe that the only goal is to get rid of any food particles. In fact, you should be dragging the floss across the sides and in between teeth. This cleans off the surface of the teeth from all around.

The More Often You Floss the Less Time it Will Take

That might not sound like a satisfying answer but there is a reason we cannot give you a specific number – because it depends. If you floss daily, then it will not take long at all. You will have less sticky plaque to get rid of, and you will have your routine down.

If you floss once a week, then you should expect it to take longer. You will not be used to the process, you might experience bleeding, and you will have more plaque to get rid of. In short, the amount of time you should take to floss will vary based on how often you floss and the shape of your teeth.

We Can Help Show You the Best Way to Floss

If you are not sure that you are flossing correctly, but sure to talk to us about it at your next appointment. We have written up specific instructions but it can be easier to learn in person. Call California Dental Group now at (800) 407-0161 to make an appointment with a local dentist and then let us show you how to best care for your teeth.

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