NATIONAL FLOSSING DAY – Day After Thanksgiving

National Flossing Day - Day After Thanksgiving
(Last Updated On: January 4, 2023)

National Flossing Day - Day After Thanksgiving


After enjoying a grand meal, National Flossing Day reminds us to take care of our teeth and gums. This health observance takes place each year on the day after Thanksgiving!

The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to achieve the best results for oral health. Daily flossing removes plaque from areas between your teeth where a toothbrush is ineffective.  Plaque can turn into calculus or tarter so it is important to floss daily.  Flossing is also an important step in the prevention of gum disease and cavities.

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Taking care of our teeth and gums is an important health practice that helps us enjoy many Thanksgiving dinners to come. There are a variety of flossing products that help us take care of teeth. We can use waxed or unwaxed floss. Minty wax gives our gums a fresher breath. The floss removes food particles and prevents plaque build-up between cleanings.

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The National Flossing Council created National Flossing Day in the year 2000.

Flossing FAQ

Q. I’ve never flossed. Is it too late to start?
A. It’s never too late to start flossing.

Q. What does flossing do?
A. Flossing removes food particles and plaque your toothbrush can’t reach. It helps reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Q. What kinds of floss are available?
A. Manufacturers produce several kinds of dental floss. Most flosses are waxed, but not all and they come in different thicknesses so you can choose one based on the spacing of your teeth. They also come in various flavors, though mint is often preferred for fresh breath. If dexterity makes it difficult to floss, you can also choose a dental pick that has a piece of floss threaded on a stick making it easy to reach every tooth.


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