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Dental care tips: The ins and outs of flossing


Oral hygiene experts agree that one of the most important parts of taking care of your teeth is through a routine that involves daily flossing. Flossing works to remove plaque and food particles that can get lodged between your teeth and create a breeding ground for bacteria. Complications from this can include gum disease and, in extreme cases, tooth loss.

Therefore, you want to make sure you are flossing correctly. Dental professionals recommend:

♦ Flossing every day – Dentists will tell you that flossing, either in the morning or at the end of the day, can help reduce tooth decay, bad breath, the risk of gingivitis and the buildup of plaque.

♦ Paying close to attention to each tooth – According to the American Dental Association, floss can reach areas in the mouth that brushes cannot. Because of this, people should make sure they carefully clean each tooth before moving on to the next one. By holding a piece of floss tightly and gently moving it back and forth, they can be sure they are doing it effectively.

♦ Using fluoride-treated products – Dental experts and government officials agree that fluoride, a common component in tap water, helps rebuild enamel and strengthen teeth. Using floss coated in the compound strengthens the areas at the base of your teeth that are most susceptible to bacteria and erosion.

To learn more about the benefits of flossing – and to get some samples – schedule a cleaning with an affordable dental care professional. After your visit, take the time to devote at least a few minutes a day to ensuring the healthy future of your smile.