November 14, 2022

Is It Possible To Floss Your Teeth Too Often?


Flossing your teeth is one thing you can do to protect your oral health

It’s one of those tasks people are supposed to do but often don’t. But why is it important? Flossing removes food particles and plaque from between the teeth and below the gum line where a toothbrush can’t reach. Eradicating the stuff your toothbrush can’t reach can save you expensive dental bills later. Flossing may help prevent cavities, periodontal disease, and even gingivitis — all of which can lead to other health issues down the road if you let them fester. Flossing is an important part of your oral health routine, but have you ever wondered how often you should floss and if you can floss too much?

How Many Times Should You Floss Daily?

Flossing once per day is the recommendation of most dentists and the American Dental Association. Dental health professionals say you should brush twice per day to remove plaque and food debris that can cause dental caries and gum disease. As stated, the added benefit of flossing is that it removes the plaque and trapped food particles between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t.

But what if you’re a bit compulsive and want to floss several times per day? Is there harm in doing so? If you’re using the correct flossing technique, there’s little risk of flossing more than once per day. However, there’s also little added benefit to flossing more often and potential downsides. If you don’t know how to floss correctly, more frequent flossing can irritate your gums and cause discomfort. So, if you floss every time you brush, do it correctly.


Flossing is another step to protect your oral health. It’s easy to forget about it when you’re in a hurry, but it’s something you should do daily. Even if you floss regularly, see your dental and dental hygienist at least every six months for a professional cleaning and check-up. It can save you time and money later.


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