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If you had to answer honestly when the last time you flossed was, what would you say? Most people can’t give an honest answer, so don’t feel bad. Most adults – and kids, for that matter – don’t enjoy flossing. That’s a part of the reason oral health is such a problem today.

A lot of the problem with flossing is that it’s not done regularly, so when you do floss, it irritates your gums for a few days. Regularly flossing, though, makes your gums used to this You’ll see a huge difference in your oral health, too.

How often do I floss?
Once a day is a great frequency to shoot for. Before bed is usually recommended, since it gets all of the junk out from between your teeth before spending eight hours asleep. This is the common advice you’ll hear from a dentist.

In addition, after eating meals where food can easily get stuck in your teeth – shredded beef or pork, for example – flossing is needed. This is what Dr. J. Kenneth Carver advises his patients to do.

Why do I need to floss?
Why would our team here at Kingsport Dentistry in Kingsport, Tennessee, tell you to floss? Because we see firsthand how much it helps improve your oral health. Your oral health will get such a boost from flossing. You won’t be at as high a risk for cavities. You also won’t have to worry about contracting gum disease, either.

To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 423-247-5175. We can’t wait to help you.