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The importance of dental floss cannot be understated. Brushing your teeth is an excellent tool to combat tooth decay and gum disease, but unfortunately, it is not enough. Brushing cannot adequately remove food debris and plaque buildup between teeth, which instead must be done with an interdental tool such as dental floss. Here are some tips to remember about dental floss:

– Always floss at least two minutes per session, making sure you floss between every single tooth and behind your teeth in the furthest row back.
– If possible, try to use a dental floss or interdental cleaner that has been given the ADA Seal of Acceptance, or make sure it has been approved by your dentist for regular use.
– To avoid using the same strand of dental floss more than once, always throw it out immediately after use.
– To avoid recontamination, never use the same section of a strand more than once. Typically try to go for a piece of thread that is about 18 inches long, so it will have enough space to clean all areas between your teeth.
– Wrap each end of your floss around one finger on each hand to ensure a sturdy grip, but also grip it so that it can still give you the maneuverability to move up and down the strand.
– Find a dental floss that does not shred when using it. Single-filament thread is shred-resistant, so it would be an ideal choice. Although multi-filament thread is just as effective at cleaning as its counterpart, it can shred.

If you would like to learn more about dental flossing tips, or to book a professional cleaning with Oshins Of Smiles, contact us at our dentist office in Schenectady, New York. Our number is 518-356-5635. Dr. Steven Oshins and our entire team look forward to your visit.