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Brushing your teeth twice daily is vital to continued mouth health, but it cannot stand alone. You also need to remember to floss your teeth, every day. It is only then that you can truly get the clean and healthy smile you want. Flossing your teeth is a very simple process. Unfortunately, some people have a hard time getting into the habit of doing it–but once you do, your smile will thank you. Let’s review the basics of how to floss.

First, take a long piece of single-filament floss that has been designed specifically for interdental cleaning. Wrap the floss around one finger on each hand. Carefully slip the floss between two of your front teeth. Use a gliding, back-and-forth motion to guide the floss gently toward the gumline, then slide it against your teeth. Continue sawing back and forth to carefully remove plaque, food particles, and other debris from your mouth.

If you are a beginner flosser and flossing is uncomfortable, don’t get discouraged! The discomfort is normal and should go away within 2 weeks. If it doesn’t, talk with Dr. Richard Cavallaro.

If conventional flossing is too difficult for you or any reason, talk with your dentist about interdental cleaning alternatives. These could include water flossing, pre-strung flossers, floss for sensitive teeth, and ADA-approved dental picks.

For more information on flossing or other interdental cleaning alternatives, call Lemon Grove Dental Group, Inc in Lemon Grove, California at 619-569-1925. Our team will be happy to help you achieve a healthy smile!