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Keep up your daily flossing all season long to ensure your teeth remain healthy. Brushing is just as important, and neither brushing or flossing should be done without the daily  each other. Flossing our teeth can remove hard-to-reach food particles that have become trapped between our teeth and gums. Without proper floss and proper flossing techniques, your ability to keep your teeth clean may suffer.

Here are a few important reminders about flossing:

How often should you floss?

–  The American Dental Association recommends you floss at least once per day.

What is the proper technique for flossing?

– You should use a piece of thread that is roughly 18” in length wrapped around your middle fingers. Move to a new section of the floss for each tooth. Be sure to floss between every tooth, including the last ones in the back of your mouth.

What types of floss work best?

– There are two main types of floss: nylon multifilament floss or single filament floss. Nylon floss can come waxed or unwaxed. Single filament floss is nearly impossible to shred but tends to cost more. Either type is acceptable. You dentist may also recommend a separate type of dental flossing apparatus.

What does flossing do?

– Flossing between your teeth can remove plaque and debris that brushing alone cannot reach. Flossing helps in the prevention of gum disease and cavities.

The more options you implement for your oral health, the healthier your teeth can be. If you would like to speak with our dentist at Sylvan S. Stern, DDS or to set up an appointment with Dr. Sylvan Stern, you can call us at 248-559-0995 or stop by our office at Southfield, Michigan. Let us help you get a whiter, brighter smile today!