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Even though flossing is a relatively simple thing, it is easy to let it drop by the wayside, or at the very least get a little sloppy about it. It’s always a good idea to review technique, just to make sure you are giving your teeth the best care that they can get!

When flossing, use a thread that is roughly 18 inches long. This will allow you to clean each tooth with a clean section of floss, avoiding cross-contamination of the teeth. Wrap each end of the strand around a finger on each hand so you can move the thread up and down as necessary. Gently maneuver the floss in between your teeth, then move up and down along the teeth using an easy sawing motion. Don’t forget to clean behind the back molars!

If your floss shreds when you use it, it’s time to upgrade to a stronger product! Single filament thread is shred resistant, available, and should be used if possible. Always check for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on any oral cleaning products that you use. This seal guarantees that you are getting a top-quality product approved by the American Dental Association.

If you struggle to properly floss every day using conventional flossing methods, there is still hope for a strong smile. Try using an alternative interdental cleaning product as recommended by your dentist, such as a water flosser! Water flossers easily clean your mouth by shooting beams of water to wash debris away.

Randy Cockrell, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry looks forward to meeting you and admiring your oral hygiene habits! To schedule an oral examination with Dr. Randy Cockrell and our team at our office in Anaheim Hills, California, please contact us at your earliest convenience at 714-974-0949. It’s never too late to start taking steps to a healthier you.