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The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth and flossing your teeth twice per day. Brushing your teeth with abrasive toothpaste and added fluoride helps to remove food particles and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth, while also strengthening enamel. Unfortunately, there are some spots where your toothbrush simply can’t clean.

You should floss your teeth immediately after brushing to clear away food particles and plaque from between the teeth as well as along the gum line. Plaque in these areas will eventually harden into tartar which promotes tooth decay and is the leading cause of gum disease.

Start with a length of floss around 16 to 18 inches long. If you are struggling to work the floss between your teeth, you might want to try to use a waxed version. The waxy coating helps you work the floss in easily without risk of injuring your gums.

After working the floss between your teeth bend it into U shape. Be sure to floss between the teeth and also work the floss up into the gum line. Make sure you floss behind your back teeth. This area is often forgotten, yet it just as likely to harbor plaque and dangerous tartar.

If you’d like to learn more about flossing, please call our office at 845-454-0790 to schedule an appointment. We’re always happy to answer your questions. We look forward to seeing you!