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When is the last time you flossed? If you have a dental appointment coming up, it probably wasn’t that long ago. But for many people, that container of floss has been gathering dust in your medicine cabinet for a while. But if you don’t floss, bacteria, plaque and food particles can build up in areas that your toothbrush can’t reach, and that cause cavities and gum disease. With that in mind, maybe it is time to dust off the floss and get to work!

You need about 18 inches of floss. Wrap it around your middle fingers until you have two to three inches available in between. Start flossing at your back teeth and work your way forward. Curve the floss around each tooth in a C shape, making sure to floss beneath the gumline. Use a fresh piece of floss for each tooth and dispose of the floss when you are done. It doesn’t matter if you brush or floss first, as long as you do a good job of both.

What type of floss should you use? You can use waxed or unwaxed. People with braces or other dental work may find waxed floss easier to use. Monofilament floss is less prone to shredding than nylon floss. If you find that you have trouble flossing, you may want to talk to your dentist about using a floss threader or water flosser.

Of course, no matter how well you brush and floss, your dental routine is not complete without regular cleanings and exams. If you have questions about taking care of your teeth, or if it is time for your visit, our dentists, Drs. Higham and Sauchelli have a chair for you! If you live in the Jupiter, Florida, area, call 561-746-8095 today to schedule an appointment.