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You may be one of the world’s best brushers. You may use a great fluoride toothpaste and a state-of-the-art toothbrush. But if you aren’t flossing, you aren’t finishing the job. In fact, you aren’t cleaning around thirty percent of your teeth, and you are leaving plaque, bacteria and food behind. That can mean cavities later. So, let’s talk about floss.

First, it doesn’t matter if you brush and then floss, or vice versa. What matters is that you do a very thorough job of both. Start with about 18 inches of floss and wrap most of it around each of your middle fingers. You will need about two to three inches of floss to work with in between. Start flossing at your molars and back teeth and work your way forward. Curve the floss around the tooth in the shape of a C, making sure to floss below the gumline. Don’t reuse a section floss and throw the floss away when you are done. Otherwise, you are just spreading the food and bacteria around your mouth. While it doesn’t matter what kind of floss you use, people who wear braces or have other types of dental work often find that waxed floss works better for them than unwaxed. Monofilament floss is less prone to shred when you use it than nylon floss. And of course, dental floss comes in different flavors. You may find it difficult to floss around braces or bridgework, and in that case, you may want to try a water-flosser or a floss pick.

If you want to make sure that you are getting the most out of your dental routine, our dentist, Dr. Thomas R. Watkins, will be happy to see you. If you would like to make an appointment at W Dental Group in San Antonio, Texas, call 210-526-0925 today.


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