Flossing is important because it removes plaque and food particles from areas that you cannot reach with your toothbrush. About 1/3 of your tooth’s surface can only be reached by flossing. You should floss at least once a day, be thorough, but don’t press the floss too hard against your gums. (Improper flossing or flossing too hard may cause your gums to recede). Your gums may bleed when you first begin to floss. If the bleeding persists every time you floss, be sure to make an appointment with our office.