Yes! Flossing is the single best way, other than combined with regular dental checkups, to prevent gum disease. Gum disease affects nearly 50% of adults 30 and over in the U.S. and is very preventable. Flossing regularly will also help your regular checkup visits to feel more comfortable, as your gums tend to be sore and may bleed if you haven’t flossed them in a while. Brushing twice each day for two minutes and flossing at least once per day is part of an effective home care routine that can help you keep a healthy smile for the rest of your life.