ROSELAND, NJ — Rather than debating whether to floss or not, Roseland dentist RoseAnn Giannella said the more crucial question everyone should ask is, “How much should I be flossing and why?”

According to Giannella, although flossing might not offer instant gratification every time the way brushing does, flossing every day is just as important.

“Brushing alone cannot accomplish what brushing and flossing can together,” she said. “As such, it’s vital that you floss on a daily basis to ensure all teeth surfaces are cleaned properly.”

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For those looking for additional reasons to floss, Giannella provided the following input:

  • Flossing Removes Plaque – Flossing picks up where brushing leaves off. This is vital because plaque can produce acid, causing issues like cavities, gum irritation, and even gum disease when left untreated.
  • Flossing Helps Prevent Staining – Stains can build up on your teeth when they adhere to plaque and tartar. Flossing regularly helps stop staining at the source.
  • Flossing Protects Your Gums – Flossing preserves gum health by removing tiny particles of food that brushing can't. This reduces tartar buildup that can cause issues like gingivitis or periodontitis if left untreated.
  • Flossing Helps Prevents Against Systemic Diseases – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), oral bacteria might be connected to heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses. By removing oral bacteria, flossing could offer some protection against these conditions.

Giannella also added that, while taking the initiative to floss is great, “doing it properly is what counts for oral health.”  She provided the following tips on how to floss the “right way.”

  • The Proper Technique – After cutting a piece of floss between 15 and 18 inches long, floss in a "C" shaped motion and also move the floss up and down.
  • Don't Let Blood Stop You – A little bit of blood isn't reason to stop. It often indicates a buildup of plaque that needs to be cleaned away and should become less frequent with regular flossing.
  • Invest In Floss Holders – Sometimes flossing is difficult depending upon your level of dexterity. A floss pick or floss holder can make things much easier.

“When you consider the benefits of flossing and its integral role in your oral and general health, the question of whether or not you should floss tends to not be much of a question any longer,” said Giannella.

To contact RoseAnn Giannella, DMD, call 973-226-7407 or visit her website at http://www.rgdentist.com.