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Flossing cleans between teeth, and is therefore irreplaceable in the world of oral health habits. This is important, because knowing a toothbrush doesn’t clean in between teeth very well, floss or other interdental cleaners clean in between the teeth where the brush can’t reach. Don’t try to substitute mouthwash for flossing. For the best clean, use all three–brushing, flossing, and mouthwash.

If you have trouble flossing with traditional floss, there are other options available to you. Pre-strung flossers are a great inexpensive option, especially for young children who are just learning how to floss on their own. Floss designed for those with sensitive gums can help those whose gums bleed often or get irritated when they floss. Water flossers are also a good option, particularly if your hands have trouble maneuvering traditional dental floss.

To floss, take a piece of dental floss about 18 inches long. Wrap it around one finger of each hand. Gently guide the floss in between your teeth using a gentle sawing motion, carefully removing plaque and debris as you go. Use a new section of thread for each tooth.

For more information, call Frandsen Dental in Orem, Utah, at 801-224-7900. Our dentists and our team look forward to helping your smile shine!