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Flossing our teeth can sometimes seem like it takes an inordinate amount of time, but in reality, you only need to set aside a few extra minutes a day to effectively add flossing to your daily oral health care routines. If you only brush your teeth and forget to floss, it’s highly possible that food residue will be left behind and trapped between your teeth and gums. Flossing helps remove the harmful particles that brushing your teeth may miss.

Listed below are a few tips you may not know or may have forgotten that can help you floss your teeth:

How often should you floss?

–  The American Dental Association recommends you floss at least once per day.

What is the proper technique for flossing?

– You should use a piece of thread that is roughly 18” in length wrapped around your middle fingers. Move to a new section of the floss for each tooth. Be sure to floss between every tooth, including the last ones in the back of your mouth.

What types of floss work best?

– There are two main types of floss: nylon multifilament floss or single filament floss. Nylon floss can come waxed or unwaxed. Single filament floss is nearly impossible to shred but tends to cost more. Either type is acceptable. You dentist may also recommend a separate type of dental flossing apparatus.

What does flossing do?

– Flossing between your teeth can remove plaque and debris that brushing alone cannot reach. Flossing helps in the prevention of gum disease and cavities.

The more options you implement for your oral health, the healthier your teeth can be. If you would like to speak with our dentist at Golden West Dental Clinic or to set up an appointment with Dr. Rosendo Garza, you can call us at 909-421-8787 or stop by our office at Rialto, California. Enjoy your holiday season with a smile!