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You may be a champion tooth brusher, with flawless technique and attention to detail. You may hit every square millimeter of your tooth enamel, and follow up your brushing routine with a mouthwash that freshens your breath, fights plaque and gives you a shot of fluoride to boot. But are you cleaning between your teeth? Since those areas are not readily visible, they are easy to miss. But plaque and food debris can build up between your teeth, leading to cavities and contributing to gum disease. With that in mind, it’s time to find that package of dental floss in the back of your medicine cabinet, or dig it out of your bathroom drawer, and take it out for a spin.

First, it doesn’t matter if you brush or floss first, as long as you do a careful job of both. You need to start with about 18 inches of floss. Wrap the majority of it around each of your middle fingers and grasp about two inches between your thumbs and forefingers. Start with your back teeth and work your way forward. You will want to curve the floss around each tooth and floss below, and then away from the gumline.

Use a fresh section of floss for each tooth to avoid spreading the food debris and plaque around your mouth, and do not reuse the floss, since that would defeat the purpose of flossing. You can choose flavored or unflavored floss depending on your preference. Waxed floss may slide between your teeth and around your dental work more easily than unwaxed. Nylon floss tends to shred more easily than monofilament.

Even if you become a flossing pro, good dental care at home is still no substitute for seeing your dentist twice a year for your routine cleaning and exam. You can also talk to your dentist about what kind of floss will work best for you. If you would like to plan your visit with our dentist, Dr. Mark Kupec you can call Mark Kupec D.D.S. P.C. in Georgetown, Texas. Let’s get started on sprucing up your smile!