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Are you one who doesn’t quite understand the techniques and fundamentals of flossing? If so, we are happy to help you! Many believe flossing is a complicated and hard task, but it is easier than you might think. Flossing is an important technique that is required if you want a healthy, strong, and beautiful smile, and we are here to help you efficiently floss your smile by answering your flossing questions.

How do I floss?
As you get ready to floss, use about 18 inches of your preferred product and wrap each end and most of the floss around each pointer finger, leaving about 2 inches between each finger. Now, use your thumbs and index fingers to gently slide the floss between two teeth. Move the floss up and down and slide it against the sides of your teeth, removing any excess food particles that may be stuck. Then, gently curve the floss against the base of each tooth and move it back and forth, eliminating the plaque that resides there. As you do so, make sure you go beneath the gumline. It is important that you go beneath and around the gums in a gentle but efficient way. Repeat this process between each tooth and remember to use a new section of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.

What can I use to floss?
When it comes to flossing, there are many options. There are different tools you can use to clean your smile, including:

• Dental floss
• Dental picks
• Pre-threaded flossers
• Small brushes that successfully clean between your teeth
• Water flossers
• Wooden plaque removers

When it comes to the flossing material, you can usually find nylon or PTFE floss. Nylon floss is available waxed and unwaxed and it can be found in a variety of different flavors. PTFE is durable floss that is generally more expensive. It is a strong product that slides successfully between your teeth without shredding.

When is the best time to floss?
Many people floss at night, right before they go to bed. That way, they go to sleep with a clean mouth. However, as long as you floss your teeth at least once a day, it does not matter what time you do it.

Why should I floss?
Flossing is very important because it deeply cleans your smile each day and it helps remove plaque from the surfaces of your teeth, which saves your smile from gum disease and tooth loss in the long run.

Call our office today if you have unanswered questions about flossing! We look forward to helping you.