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Effectively flossing your teeth is easy! The ADA, or American Dental Association, advises flossing at least once a day to prevent tooth decay. Because a toothbrush is designed to remove plaque and food debris from the tops and sides of teeth, it can’t reach between the tight crevices between teeth. Dental floss however, is specifically designed to fit into those hard to reach places in between teeth and between teeth and the gum line.

Whether you floss before or after brushing, when you go to bed or when you wake up, the key is to be thorough when you floss, so set enough time aside to do the job right.

Flossing Effectively:

–Pick your floss—whether it is a single filament (monofilament) floss or nylon multifilament floss, both work well and have their advantages.

–Pull about 18 inches of floss from the floss dispenser.

–Wrap the amount of floss you have around each of your middle fingers, with about an inch or so in between that you will be using at a time.

–Keeping the floss string taut between your thumbs and your index fingers, slide gently between your teeth in an up-and-down movement.

–Next, work it carefully in a C-curved shape around the base of each tooth, including below the gum line.

–Gently wipe back and forth and up and down against the sides of each tooth.

–Use clean sections of floss every time you move to a new tooth. You don’t want to spread bacteria.

–Once you have scrubbed each tooth, rinse with water or mouthwash to remove loosened debris.

For a healthy, brighter smile, take the time to care for your teeth and gums using an daily brushing and flossing routine. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment to see our doctor, please call the caring team of Dr. Alan White at 540-886-1979 today!