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Understanding the benefits of dental floss is essential for optimum oral health. Even though brushing your teeth twice a day can effectively clean your teeth and remove plaque, that is not enough to keep your smile completely safe, since your toothbrush cannot reach between teeth. You will need to use dental floss to clean between your teeth.

When selecting which type of dental floss will be best for you, it is important to understand your options. If you choose to use traditional floss, several varieties are available. Water flossers are a good option for people who have trouble using regular floss or who have dental work.

You should start with 18 inches of floss. This will let you floss between each tooth without ever using the same section of floss more than once. This also prevents spreading food debri and plaque around your mouth. Wrap most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving about two inches. Start by flossing just below, and then away from your gums. Dispose of all used floss after you are finished with it.

When seeking out dental floss, speak with your dentist about product recommendations and suggestions. Always make sure that the dental floss you select is shred-resistant. This is extremely important to make sure that it does not tear or fray when you use it.

Riverside Dental & Beauty Spa wants to help you with flossing tips and techniques. To schedule an appointment at our office in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, please call us at 505-219-0594. Dr. Barbara Lewis-Heywood and our team look forward to helping you improve your smile.