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Did you know flossing is an integral part of your oral health hygiene habits to prevent gum disease and cavities? It’s true, so be sure to always floss daily by using the proper methods to ensure your teeth are cleaned safely and effectively. Never force the floss too hard on your teeth and gums, or you could easily damage your gum tissues. For more helpful hints, save your smile with these great flossing tips:

– It is recommended by the American Dental Association to clean the areas between teeth at least once per day to eliminate food particles and plaque buildup that cannot be easily reached by brushing alone.

– Always use dental floss or an interdental cleaner that has been recommended by your dentist or one that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

– When flossing, never use the same strand of dental floss twice, as it can contaminate your mouth with harmful bacteria.

– To floss your entire mouth with one strand, opt for a piece at least 18 inches long, draped around a finger on each hand, with a different section of the strand being used between each tooth.

– Always look for dental floss that is not easily torn, which is often the case for floss that uses single filament thread. Although multi-filament nylon thread is more likely to shred, it is just as effective at removing plaque and debris.

Be sure to visit us at Laura Miller, DDS in Middletown, Connecticut, at least twice a year for oral exams and professional cleanings. Dr. Laura Miller and our team can be reached calling 860-346-6872 today. We look forward to seeing your healthy, confident smile!