Ask Dr. Baruffi: what’s the deal with flossing?

It's important to floss regularly, says Dr. Jerome Baruffi. We hope you're not a part of the 51 percent of Americans who don’t floss daily. Or worse, we hope you're not part of the 10 percent who never floss at all. Our staff at Southcenter Dental will always tell you that proper flossing is just as important for your dental health as brushing regularly. Flossing cleans food and plaque that build up between teeth and below the gumline, key areas that brushing simply cannot reach.

Flossing 3-to-5 minutes everyday is recommended, but even 60 seconds of flossing has a great benefit over not flossing at all. Also, make sure to always brush your teeth after you floss, and to rinse with water or mouthwash. When you begin flossing you may experience gum pain or bleeding, but with daily flossing and brushing this should stop within a week or so.

On a side note, has it been at least six months since your last checkup at Southcenter Dental? If the answer is yes, we encourage you to schedule an appointment by calling 206.575.1551!

We hope you're having a wonderful summer.

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