John Joseph, DMD, talks about the "Golden Rule" of maintaining good oral health, which includes brushing and flossing your teeth every day.
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Everybody should at least brush their teeth a minimum of twice a day, possibly three times a day, and flossing. Flossing is essential because what happens if you don’t floss is this plaque accumulates in between your teeth and it’s very difficult to get rid off it with a toothbrush. So, that floss kind of gets in between those teeth and it clears up that plaque. If you have to pick probably at night time would be the best time, but anytime I think as dentist if we do it one time a day we’re happy with it, but if you did it one time just spend a lot of times because everything stays on your mouth for eight to 10 hours while you’re sleeping, so you know at least during the day time you have saliva and you drink a lot of water and all you can get down and that’s a flushing action. It does decrease the bacterial counts so I mean if you’re doing all the other steps of brushing, I mean brushing and flossing is the best. If you said, on the scale of things brush your teeth and flossing is in good oral hygiene, good diet, those are most important. I mean I think down the list would be the mouthwash because I’m sure it’s not one of the most important. But there’s one more aid, there are a lot of over the counter like mouthwashes that have fluoride in it. They work very, very good. The mouthwash is also like they work real good, it’s pro-health that has come out by Procter and Gamble. Listerine also decrease the bacterial count and it also helps with gum disease you know as far as gingivitis and gum problems.