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Removing plaque from your teeth is a key to preventing cavities and other oral health emergencies. But brushing alone can’t do the job properly. It is vital that you floss your teeth as well as brush, so as to remove the plaque and debris from all areas of your mouth–including places that your brush can’t reach, like in between teeth and behind your back molars.

To properly floss, start with an 18” piece of single-filament dental floss, specifically designed for cleaning in between teeth. Using single-filament floss will help prevent fraying and breaking.

Wrap the thread around two fingers–one on each hand–and leave a bit in between. Slide this portion of thread between teeth using a sawing motion, gently sliding the floss back and forth to the gum line. Repeat this motion moving upwards, removing plaque and debris from teeth. It does not matter whether you floss first or brush first, as long as they both get done.

If traditional flossing is difficult for you, talk to your dentist about interdental cleaning alternatives, such as pre-strung flossers, a specially designed dental pick, or even a water-flosser.

For more information, call Kurt A. Seidler DDS in Carrollton, Texas, at 972-492-0411. Dr. Kurt Seidler and our team are happy to help!