When Is National Flossing Day?

National Flossing Day

“I wrote a song about dental floss but did anyone’s teeth get cleaner?” – Frank Zappa

Dental floss really gets a bad wrap.

Despite it being part of our recommended daily dental hygiene regimen, and as a result, one of the best things we can do to prevent the cavity creeps, do we really give dental floss the respect it deserves?

It seems like trendy activated charcoal teeth whitening products, DIY teeth-straightening, and $300 electric toothbrushes that play music and time your brushing efforts are all the rage.

And the dental floss is sitting in your medicine cabinet pulling a Rodney Dangerfield.

Dental floss has the respect of clinicians, hygienists, and dental professionals, despite what even the FDA says about flossing. But do the rest of us?

Enter National Flossing Day, brought to us by the National Flossing Council.

When Is National Flossing Day?

National Flossing Day first started in 2000, and it comes to us on the day after Thanksgiving.

It seems fitting, given all the tasty turkey, ham, turducken, and fixins we gobble down on the last Thursday of every November.

If there was ever a day when we absolutely, positively need to floss, it would probably be after we’ve eaten one of the largest meals of the year.

But flossing for flossing’s sake on National Flossing Day won’t really do anything to ward off the cavity creeps, as with anything in life – consistency is key!

The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to achieve the best results for oral health.

Daily flossing helps to remove plaque from the areas in between our teeth – where that $300 toothbrush can’t even reach.

If we don’t floss, that nasty plaque can turn into calculus, which if left untreated will result in gum disease and tooth decay – then worse.

Taking care of our teeth and gums is an important part of maintaining our overall health, not just our dental health.

And it doesn’t matter if your chosen between tooth cleaning tool is good ‘ol fashioned floss, floss picks, or interdental brushes, there are a variety of flossing products available.

FLOSSING…JUST DO IT!

Forget Black Friday, let’s celebrate National Flossing Day!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on a Dental Patient News and has been republished here with permission. It has since been updated for accuracy & comprehensiveness.

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