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Unless you have health problems, having health teeth is a breeze if you are taking the time to brush and floss every single day. The ADA (American Dental Association) advocates brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once a day to prevent tooth decay. Your toothbrush effectively removes plaque and food debris from the tops and sides of teeth, while dental floss reaches those tight crevices between teeth as well as the teeth and gum line area. Whether you floss before or after brushing, when you go to bed or when you wake up, the key is to be thorough when you floss, so be sure to set enough time aside to do the job right.

Steps to Effective Flossing:

1) Choose a floss that works for you, whether it is a single filament (monofilament) floss or nylon multifilament floss.

2) Pull about 18 inches of floss from your floss dispenser.

3) Wrap the amount of floss you have around each of your middle fingers, with about 1 or 1 ½ inches stretched between your fingers that you will be using at a time.

4) Keeping the string taut between your thumbs and your index fingers and slide gently between your teeth in an up-and-down movement.

5) Work it gently in a U-curved shape around the base of each tooth, including below the gum line.

6) Wipe back and forth and up and down against the sides of each tooth.

7) Use clean sections of floss every time you move to a new tooth. You don’t want to spread bacteria.

8) Once you have cleaned each tooth, rinse with water or mouthwash to remove the debris.

And there you have it! To improve your healthy smile, take the extra time to floss your pearly whites thoroughly every single day. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the team at Artistic Dentistry at 949-366-1177 today.