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How often do you floss?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 23, 2011 at 8:10 AM

how often do you floss your teeth?

Edit: I thought I would ask because I wonder if our gums are meant to handle it. I remember in college (7 years ago), a friend of mine had a friend whose dad was a dentist. He told his family not to floss every day. I should have asked why, but I didn't. Now when I floss, that interaction always comes to mind.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

gotta love an honest answer!

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on June 02, 2011
at 06:22 PM

@hcantrall: Sorry for the delay in replying I will be glad to share. I used something called the “Smile Method”. I picked it up at a local health food store. It was kit that contained a couple of very fine hypodermic needles and a book on how to use them. Basically, it consists of using a solution of Hydrogen peroxide or colloidal silver (both antibacterial) and using the needles to irrigate the affected pockets. It worked REALLY well. My previous dentist wanted to have me go through surgery and root scaling. I promptly looked for another dentist who would work with me to find another way.

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on May 27, 2011
at 03:43 AM

Me too. I floss while driving in school zones, too. At 25 mph, flossing is easy!

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on May 24, 2011
at 04:50 PM

Hell yes! Floss your back teeth and then smell it, hahahaha, you'll see why you need to floss!!!!

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on May 24, 2011
at 01:02 PM

I got it on my brother's recommendation from the dentist. And I saw how well it worked. I LOVE the thing!

E6c790e285048d9d09a554e65879693a

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on May 24, 2011
at 06:58 AM

I use a Sonicare.

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on May 24, 2011
at 03:41 AM

i have one and while i don't use it as often as i probably should, i gotta say, it's totally awesome. I got one cause a dentist of mine mentioned he wished people still used those more, and i'm glad i did.

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on May 24, 2011
at 02:23 AM

Hey, I second that. There were no orthodontists in the Paleo era. I keep running into people from developing countries whose access to orthodentistry was severely limited. I don't think they need to floss at all, since the gaps are rather wide and airy. I don't think they need to floss. So, yes, flossing isn't Paleo. But those who's had braces need to floss.

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on May 24, 2011
at 12:25 AM

Thanks for the link!

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on May 23, 2011
at 08:03 PM

I use virgin coconut oil, I feel that the refined kind doesnt give the same cleansing effect. JMO. I only floss if I have eaten something that leaves junk in my teeth such as meats, nuts, berries, etc. and I usually floss before I oil pull to help stop the bleeding (I have really sensitive gums)

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on May 23, 2011
at 07:14 PM

Which toothbrush do you have, Rhonda ?

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on May 23, 2011
at 07:09 PM

yes http://flossingforlife.com/ good source

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on May 23, 2011
at 05:58 PM

Well if you're paleo, technically....

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

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on May 23, 2011
at 04:11 PM

sunflower, or sesame oil

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on May 23, 2011
at 03:05 PM

Look into "GUM" brand soft tooth picks. I find them superior to floss.

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on May 23, 2011
at 02:48 PM

What do you do the oil pulling with?

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on May 23, 2011
at 02:46 PM

Check out dr ellies blog. Not Paleo, but explains things well.

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 23, 2011
at 02:44 PM

Perhaps Paleo man usually had more room between their teeth, and flossing is the way to compensate for having them so close together? I can see that being the case. Maybe they usually lost a few teeth by adulthood, or their jaws were bigger, or something.

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on May 23, 2011
at 01:48 PM

Do I hear three, four, gone to once an hour!

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on May 23, 2011
at 01:43 PM

I oil pull as well and my teeth are very happy teeth from it!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on May 23, 2011
at 01:27 PM

Twice a day.....

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

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on May 23, 2011
at 12:17 PM

I've got periodontal disease - I'd love to hear how you were able to cure yours if you can share? I hate that scaling and root planing, I brush and floss twice a day and it doesn't seem to me to make the problem any better. I'm assuming I'm just preventing it from getting worse maybe.

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on May 23, 2011
at 08:01 PM

About a week before my dentist appointment so that I don't get yelled at :)

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(5136)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

gotta love an honest answer!

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B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on May 23, 2011
at 12:49 PM

I don't floss, should I?

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on May 24, 2011
at 12:25 AM

Thanks for the link!

34d0dfe6cb1a477bd2b5f984c2af29a9

(493)

on May 23, 2011
at 07:09 PM

yes http://flossingforlife.com/ good source

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on May 24, 2011
at 04:50 PM

Hell yes! Floss your back teeth and then smell it, hahahaha, you'll see why you need to floss!!!!

4
6a7a84ad71fbc6d73d8d3acfee543e54

(40)

on May 23, 2011
at 11:17 AM

I used to floss everyday, twice a day. Now that I have been following a paleo diet I find my teeth just don't get as coated as they used to. My hygienist thinks I'm doing a super job keeping my teeth clean. But I tell her that it's what I am eating. I floss mostly everyday, but there are days when I skip. I also used to have periodontal disease which I cured without root scraping or surgery.

13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

(2339)

on May 23, 2011
at 02:46 PM

Check out dr ellies blog. Not Paleo, but explains things well.

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on May 23, 2011
at 12:17 PM

I've got periodontal disease - I'd love to hear how you were able to cure yours if you can share? I hate that scaling and root planing, I brush and floss twice a day and it doesn't seem to me to make the problem any better. I'm assuming I'm just preventing it from getting worse maybe.

6a7a84ad71fbc6d73d8d3acfee543e54

(40)

on June 02, 2011
at 06:22 PM

@hcantrall: Sorry for the delay in replying I will be glad to share. I used something called the “Smile Method”. I picked it up at a local health food store. It was kit that contained a couple of very fine hypodermic needles and a book on how to use them. Basically, it consists of using a solution of Hydrogen peroxide or colloidal silver (both antibacterial) and using the needles to irrigate the affected pockets. It worked REALLY well. My previous dentist wanted to have me go through surgery and root scaling. I promptly looked for another dentist who would work with me to find another way.

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922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

(392)

on May 23, 2011
at 07:28 PM

I waterpik in the morning and at night. It's fun and it doubles as cleaning the bathroom with all the excess water spray.

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

(392)

on May 24, 2011
at 01:02 PM

I got it on my brother's recommendation from the dentist. And I saw how well it worked. I LOVE the thing!

Medium avatar

(5136)

on May 24, 2011
at 03:41 AM

i have one and while i don't use it as often as i probably should, i gotta say, it's totally awesome. I got one cause a dentist of mine mentioned he wished people still used those more, and i'm glad i did.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 23, 2011
at 01:46 PM

I confess that I floss once a day before bed. However, since Paleo man probably didn't do it, I am concerned about the grave consequences that could arise from this. Maybe it would be more Paleo to go round with food particles hanging from my teeth, even though I would probably never get any sweet lovin' from women in that case.

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 23, 2011
at 02:44 PM

Perhaps Paleo man usually had more room between their teeth, and flossing is the way to compensate for having them so close together? I can see that being the case. Maybe they usually lost a few teeth by adulthood, or their jaws were bigger, or something.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on May 24, 2011
at 02:23 AM

Hey, I second that. There were no orthodontists in the Paleo era. I keep running into people from developing countries whose access to orthodentistry was severely limited. I don't think they need to floss at all, since the gaps are rather wide and airy. I don't think they need to floss. So, yes, flossing isn't Paleo. But those who's had braces need to floss.

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1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on May 23, 2011
at 11:56 AM

I floss every evening. I keep getting my favorite meats stuck in my teeth.

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on May 19, 2013
at 02:41 PM

I usually floss once a day. I admit sometimes I skip a day if I fall asleep before anticipated. I floss at work if I feel stuff stuck in my teeth (I have one of those little flossers on a stick for that, not as good as regular string floss but is great at work and as a secondary flossing method, though I would not recommend them for primary flossing) and a Waterpik that I adore for home and primary flossing. Sometimes, maybe a few times a month, I put some grapefruit seed oil in the water for an extra bacteria-killing boost.

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on May 19, 2013
at 01:39 PM

My dentist taught me to floss using an up-and-down motion rather than pressing floss against the gum and sawing back and forth. If you're concerned that flossing is hard or destructive on your gums, give this a try -- it hardly places any pressure on your gums at all, but supposedly it's still good at removing food.

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3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

on May 24, 2011
at 02:28 AM

My dentists have found no caviites after I started flossing. That was before my Paleo. Since I eat meat 3 out of 3 meals, I do tend to floss 2-3 times a day. However, it might be flossing this one spot where there is a gap that traps meat whenever I chew with that side of my mouth. It's a "meat trap" and I need to git it out of there or it will start smelling like a pile of fermented compost.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, I only notice the smell when I get the trapped piece of meat out.

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on May 23, 2011
at 03:53 PM

I keep denta-piks around because I eat lots of foods that get stuck (roasts, dried beef, etc).

I probably "floss" 3-4 times a day.

Having Ketobreath most of the time sure doesn't help the mouthfunk... which gets marginally worse if I've got some jerky/roast/etc... stuck somewhere in there. I'll stop by produce sections of stores when I can remember to, and buy fresh mint to chew on throughout the day.

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on May 23, 2011
at 12:59 PM

I floss at least once a day, before bed always. Sometimes after lunch if I've eaten something stringy like brisket, etc.

Flossing is very important, as is brushing. Both are important for their mechanical action though, not for their chemical action, as in toothpaste ingredients. Thats why i floss regularly and use a homemade salt/baking soda mixture toothpowder for its use a surfactant-purposes instead of storebought toothpaste.

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2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

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on May 23, 2011
at 12:54 PM

Oil pulling reduces the need for this.

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on May 23, 2011
at 01:43 PM

I oil pull as well and my teeth are very happy teeth from it!

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on May 23, 2011
at 04:11 PM

sunflower, or sesame oil

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on May 23, 2011
at 08:03 PM

I use virgin coconut oil, I feel that the refined kind doesnt give the same cleansing effect. JMO. I only floss if I have eaten something that leaves junk in my teeth such as meats, nuts, berries, etc. and I usually floss before I oil pull to help stop the bleeding (I have really sensitive gums)

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 23, 2011
at 02:48 PM

What do you do the oil pulling with?

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E6c790e285048d9d09a554e65879693a

(435)

on May 23, 2011
at 10:59 AM

once a day, religiously, with a water pic.

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on May 23, 2011
at 07:14 PM

Which toothbrush do you have, Rhonda ?

E6c790e285048d9d09a554e65879693a

(435)

on May 24, 2011
at 06:58 AM

I use a Sonicare.

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22212e9ba2a041e6da6c963d4d41615a

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on May 23, 2011
at 10:43 AM

Twice a day. My teeth are very close together. If I miss flossing once the next time I floss it smells like an animal died in my mouth.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on May 23, 2011
at 05:58 PM

Well if you're paleo, technically....

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A089b683ee0498f2b21b7edfa300e405

on May 23, 2011
at 09:22 AM

Everyday..! But what is the significance of your question? Could you please elaborate.

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on May 16, 2013
at 07:41 PM

At least once a day. And yep, I floss while waiting at traffic lights too. Probably looks disgusting to onlookers but I don't care, my gums are practically bulletproof.

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on May 27, 2011
at 03:16 AM

Twice a day without fail and sometimes more at traffic lights. My father is a periodontist. Need I say more?

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on May 27, 2011
at 03:43 AM

Me too. I floss while driving in school zones, too. At 25 mph, flossing is easy!

0
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on May 27, 2011
at 02:35 AM

Some ancient peoples were obsessed with oral hygiene and used special branches, which, upon chewing, splayed out into bristles, to clean their teeth. Some trees even have a natural mint flavor. Hand and mouth washing after meals is ubiquitous in many ancient cultures. Despite the changes in technology, hygiene (scent maskers, teeth cleaning, etc.) are human universals.

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on May 23, 2011
at 07:38 PM

I floss every morning and then whenever it seems necessary during the day. I still have my wisdom teeth, and one of them likes to get stuff stuck behind it. I have noticed my gum health has improved significantly since I started flossing regularly.

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6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on May 23, 2011
at 02:45 PM

Once per day. Right before I go to sleep.

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