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The American Dental Association advocates a consistent daily oral hygiene routine to help maintain good oral health. This includes brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing at least once. Performing this basic regimen will help remove plaque and food particles from your mouth to reduce your chances of suffering from cavities and gum disease.

Many people are happy to brush their teeth. It’s also worth noting that flossing is especially important for preventing hardened tartar from developing at the gumline. Once this happens, your mouth is at increased risk of suffering from gum disease and other periodontal health problems.

There are some minor variations in dental floss. Finding the one that you like best, will help keep you encouraged to floss every day.

The two most common types of dental floss are braided nylon and microfilament. Some brands include an added flavor and offer dental floss with a wax coating. None of these differences make one type of dental floss more effective than the other. Finding the one that you prefer will help keep you encouraged to floss each day.

When flossing, you can wrap the excess floss around your middle fingers. Grip the strand firmly between your thumb and index fingers. You can then gently slide it between the teeth. Then, you should work it around your teeth in a basic U shape. Try to make several small passes along the length of each tooth.

Be sure to also floss thoroughly into the gumline as well as behind each of your rear molars. These areas are sometimes ignored, yet they can trap a significant amount of bacterial matter.

When you’re shopping for dental floss be sure to choose a brand that has earned the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance. This ensures that it has been tested and researched for safe and effective oral use.

If you live in the Mundelein, Illinois, area and you have oral hygiene questions you can call 847-566-5350 to speak to Dr. Anthony J. Collins or a staff member at Gentle Dental Care.