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Most people don’t have a problem with brushing their teeth morning and night, but many people think it’s ok to skip flossing. While brushing and flossing removes plaque from the front, back, and chewing surfaces of the teeth, flossing removes food particles and plaque from between the teeth, where toothbrushes can’t reach. So, flossing reduces the risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

How to Floss

– Cut an 18-inch piece of floss.

– Wind it around a finger on each hand, leaving an inch or two of floss in between.

– Gently work it between each tooth.

– Move the floss up and down between the teeth.

– Floss beneath the gum line by curving the floss around the base of each tooth.

– Use clean portions of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.

– Move the floss back and forth to remove the floss from between the teeth.

Choosing Floss

There are two types of dental floss:

Nylon (multifilament) floss. This floss can be waxed or unwaxed and comes in a variety of flavors. This type of floss may sometimes shred because it is made of many strands of nylon. This is especially the case when flossing between crowded teeth.

PTFE (monofilament) floss. This type of floss is slightly more expensive, but it slides easily between the teeth, even those that are crowded. PTFE floss is virtually shred resistant.

It doesn’t really matter which type you choose. Buy the floss that you prefer.

Feel free to contact Signature Smiles at 512-308-0270 today to learn more about floss in Bastrop, Texas, and to schedule an appointment. Our dentist in Bastrop, Texas, our friendly and professional team is happy to give you dental hygiene tips!