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Flossing is a wonderful tool for hitting the sides of the teeth that can’t be reached by the bristles of a toothbrush.  You should floss daily or after any food sticks to your teeth.  Debris caught in the cracks between teeth can cause odors and cavities if not addressed frequently.

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Flossing your teeth at least once a day is imperative to keeping a clean mouth. It removes the plaque between your teeth and along the gum line. However, there is a right and wrong way to floss.

How to Floss

  • To begin, start off with about 18 inches of Nylon or PTFE floss.
  • Wrap the majority of the floss around each middle finger, leaving about an inch or two for leeway.
  • Holding the floss tightly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth.
  • Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gum line.
  • As you work from tooth to tooth, use clean sections of floss.
  • Never force the floss as this can cut or bruise your gum tissue.