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A healthy smile is within reach and could be as close as your dental floss dispenser. The ADA, or American Dental Association, recommends brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once a day for healthy teeth and gums.

While a toothbrush removes plaque and food debris from the tops and sides of teeth, dental floss reaches into the crevices between teeth and the teeth and gum line where plaque likes to accumulate. It doesn’t matter whether you floss before or after brushing or when you go to bed or when you wake up–the key is to be thorough when flossing. This means you will need to set enough time aside to do the job right.

How to Floss:

Find a floss string that works for you, whether it is a single filament (monofilament) floss or nylon multifilament floss. Unwind 18 inches of floss from your floss dispenser to begin. Wrap the floss you have around each of your middle fingers, with about an inch or so stretched in between that you will be using to clean one tooth at a time. Keeping the floss taut between your thumbs and your index fingers, work it gently between your teeth in an up-and-down movement. Next, work it into a C-curved shape around the base of each tooth, as well as below the gum line. Rub back and forth and up and down against the sides of each tooth, using clean sections of floss every time you move to a new tooth. Once you have finished cleaning in between each tooth, rinse with water or mouthwash to remove the debris.

Flossing will help to improve your smile and oral health if you do it diligently each day, and your teeth and gums will thank you! If you would like to schedule an appointment with our doctor, Dr. Ramine Nabizadeh (Dr. Nab) or have any questions or concerns, please call Midtown Dental at 713-520-0555 today.