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Even if you are one of the world’s best brushers, and even if you use the highest-quality mouthwash on the market, if you aren’t flossing your teeth, you are still putting them at risk. Plaque, bacteria and food particles accumulate in the spaces between your teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach.

To floss effectively, you should start with about 18 inches of floss. Wrap the floss around each middle finger until you have two to three inches to work with. Start by flossing your back teeth, and work your way forward. Curve the floss into the shape of a “C” around each tooth, and floss under, and the away from your gumline. Use a new section of floss for each tooth, so that you do not spread the food debris or bacteria around your mouth. You should throw the floss away when you are done – reusing floss defeats the purpose of flossing in the first place. Waxed floss works well for braces. While many brands of floss are made of nylon, you may want to try a monofilament floss, which is less likely to shred as you use it. You should floss at least once a day, and if you wear braces, it’s a good idea to floss after every meal. If you have problems flossing around your braces or other dental work, try using a floss threader, floss pick, or a water flosser.

Flossing is just part of a good dental hygiene regimen. Don’t forget to see your dentist twice a year for your regular cleanings and exams. If it has been a while since you have been in for an appointment, or if you are looking for a dentist for your family, why not meet our dentist, Drs. Gill and Gill? If you live in the city, state, area and would like to schedule your appointment at Monte Vista Dental give us a call at 209.669.6500.