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We all know that brushing teeth is the foundation for good oral hygiene. But do you put equal focus on flossing?

Flossing should be brushing’s lifelong companion. It serves similar purposes to brushing, as it removes plaque and food particles. However, flossing removes them from places your brush cannot reach–the spaces in between your teeth.

Removing plaque and food debris from between teeth is not only aesthetically important, it is also vital for oral health and wellness.

The spaces between teeth and along the gumline are excellent breeding grounds for bacteria. The bacteria in your mouth feed on sugars. They eat the sugars, then produce an acid byproduct that eats away at your tooth enamel, eventually forming a cavity. Flossing does double duty, in that it removes existing bacteria, as well as the food bacteria eat (which cuts down on bacterial growth).

To properly floss, take an 18” piece of single-filament dental floss specifically designed for cleaning between teeth. Wrap the ends of the floss around one finger on each hand, leaving enough to slide the floss in between your teeth. Use a gentle back-and-forth motion to work the floss between your teeth. Floss around the entirety of each tooth, including the back molars!

If you have a difficult time with the traditional flossing method, don’t worry! There are alternatives that are equally effective. Talk to your dentist about potentially using a dental pick, pre-strung flossers, or even a water-flosser!

For more information, call Smile Concepts Dental in Norristown, Pennsylvania, at 484-704-7675. Dr. Maral Seroon and our team are happy to help!