Flossing Basics

Flossing BasicsFlossing the in-between spaces of your teeth with good quality dental floss is in every way just as important as brushing with fluoride toothpaste and rinsing with dentist recommended mouthwash.

Spokesperson for the American Dental Association and former clinical instructor at the Boston University Richard H. Price DMD compares the importance of flossing to cleaning a house. Dr. Price remarks “You cannot effectively vacuum a house with only one attachment… Your need other attachments to get into the nooks and crannies. That’s what floss does.”


The active prevention of gum disease is perhaps, if not, the most apparent benefit of keeping a regular flossing habit.

Unlike the bristles of a toothbrush, which clean the in-between spaces of your teeth with much difficulty, a single strand of dental floss can easily access deep interdental spaces. This makes for an easier, better, and more comprehensive cleaning. There are a number of things to keep in mind when flossing.