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Brushing your teeth is vital to your continued oral health, but you also need to remember to floss your teeth every single day. It is only then that you can truly get the clean and healthy smile you want. Flossing your teeth does not need to be difficult. It is a very simple process that some have a hard time getting into the habit of doing–but once you get it, your smile will thank you. Let’s review the basics of how to floss your teeth.

First, take a long piece (about 18 inches) of single-filament floss that has been designed specifically for cleaning teeth. Wrap the floss around two of your fingers (one on each hand). Then, carefully slip the floss between two of your front teeth. Use a gliding, back-and-forth motion to push the floss gently toward the gumline, then slide it against your teeth and continue sawing back and forth to carefully remove plaque, food particles, and other debris from your mouth.

If you are just starting your flossing habit, it is normal for it to be a little uncomfortable. Don’t get discouraged! It should go away within 2 weeks. If it doesn’t, talk with Dr. David J. Berg.

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

For more information on flossing and other interdental cleaning options, call Studio 1 Dental in Sacramento, California at 916.567.0900. Our team will be happy to help you!