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  • Writer's pictureDr. Medina

Common Misconceptions About Flossing

Myths vs. Facts

There are many myths surrounding flossing that can discourage people from making it a regular part of their oral hygiene routine. Here are some of the most common myths and the facts that dispel them:

  • Myth: Flossing is only necessary if there's something stuck between your teeth.

  • Fact: Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Even if there's nothing visibly stuck, there could still be harmful bacteria lurking in those tight spaces.

  • Myth: Flossing is painful and can damage gums.

  • Fact: Flossing shouldn't be painful if done correctly. It's important to use a gentle back-and-forth motion and avoid snapping the floss into the gums. Proper flossing technique can actually improve gum health.

  • Myth: Flossing is time-consuming and inconvenient.

  • Fact: Flossing only takes a few minutes and can be done while watching TV or listening to music. The benefits of flossing far outweigh the minor inconvenience.

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