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Flossing is a very important part of your oral hygiene regimen. Flossing regularly can make the difference between a healthy mouth and long-term, chronic issues with gum disease.

Brushing your teeth, even with a quality toothbrush designed to help remove food particles from between teeth, is only one part of the process of maintaining a healthy mouth.

At first glance, the act of flossing might seem to be little more than running a piece of waxed or unwaxed floss between your teeth. However, the spaces between your teeth are only one part of the landscape that’s exploited by bacteria in your mouth. The gum line itself can also harbor bacteria, plaque and tartar.

Cut off a section of floss, roughly 16 to 18 inches long, and wrap the excess floss around your middle fingers. Then use a firm grip to hold a small section of floss between your thumb and index fingers.

Gently work the floss between your teeth. It’s important that you don’t force the floss between your teeth because this can potentially harm the gums. You might prefer to use waxed floss if the spaces between your teeth are tight.

Work the floss around your teeth in a “U” shape and gently work it into the space between your gum line and the tooth. Carefully use the floss to remove any food particles or unseen plaque from the gums. On larger teeth like molars, this might require three motions to focus on the rear and front of the gum line.

Be sure to also floss behind all your back teeth. This is a commonly ignored or forgotten spot where food particles and bacteria can hide.

If you have questions about your flossing technique, please feel free to call us at 908-509-4428 or ask the hygienist at your next appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!