Here’s something you may not know – nearly half the surface area of your teeth lies between them. And no, we’re not telling you this so you can ace your next trivia night!

The fact is, if you’re relying solely on brushing, you’re not effectively cleaning a large portion of your teeth; so, flossing should be an essential part of your oral care routine and not an optional extra. By using floss to remove the plaque from between your teeth, you’re helping to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and halitosis (otherwise known as “bad breath”). That’s a lot of upside for just a couple of minutes spent each day flossing between your teeth!

Use floss at least once a day.

  • Make flossing part of your oral hygiene regime.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Ask your dentist to demonstrate the correct flossing technique.
  • Ask your dentist if interdental aids will complement your flossing.
  • Your children should floss too; start as soon as your child has two teeth that touch.

Read more about the importance of flossing and its upsides by downloading the Flossing Fact Sheet provided by the ADA: