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Removing plaque from your teeth is vital to preventing cavities, but brushing alone can’t do the job properly. You must floss your teeth as well as brush, so as to remove the plaque and food debris from all areas of your mouth. There are some places that your brush can’t reach very well, such as in between teeth and behind your back molars.

To properly clean between your teeth, start with an 18” piece of single-filament dental floss, specifically designed for interdental cleaning. Using single-filament floss will help prevent fraying and breaking, and should be used as much as possible. Do not use other thread or floss that has not been specifically designed for cleaning between teeth.

Wrap the thread around one finger of each hand and leave a bit in between. Slide this portion of floss between teeth using a careful sawing motion, gently sliding the floss back and forth down to your gum line. Move the floss upwards, removing plaque and debris from teeth. Floss all the way around each tooth, using a new section of thread for each one. It does not matter whether you floss before or after you brush, as long as they both get done.

If traditional flossing is difficult for you for any reason, talk to your dentist about interdental cleaning alternatives. These can include such things as pre-strung flossers, floss for sensitive gums, a specially designed dental pick, or even a water-flosser.

For more information, call Frank C Raymer DDS INC in Irvine, California, at 949-551-2606. Dr. Frank C. Raymer and our team are here to help you!