Flossing Best Practices

It’s always a smart choice to make flossing part of your oral care routine. It is one of the best ways to take care of your teeth at any age. However, it takes a little practice to floss effectively. Here are some tips to help.

Brushing your teeth twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride is essential, but toothbrush bristles cannot always reach the spaces between teeth. These spaces trap bits of food and plaque, a sticky film of decay-causing bacteria.

Dental floss or other interdental cleaners can help keep these tooth surfaces clean and reduce the chance of tooth decay.

If you have difficulty handling floss, you may find it helpful to use a floss holder or other interdental cleaners, which include special picks or narrow brushes that reach between teeth. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist to help you develop a comfortable and effective technique. To keep your smile healthy, brush twice a day, floss daily, eat a balanced diet, limit snacks and see your dentist regularly.

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