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Learning how to floss for the holidays is like learning how to ride a bike. It is a skill we remember throughout our entire lives, but our effectiveness may drop if we don’t continue to give it our full attention.

Flossing your teeth during the holidays should consist of the same care and attentional to detail as with any other time of year. If you have forgotten some basic routines with flossing, here are some helpful tips:

How often should you floss?

–  The American Dental Association recommends you floss at least once per day.

What is the proper technique for flossing?

– You should use a piece of thread that is roughly 18” in length wrapped around your middle fingers. Move to a new section of the floss for each tooth. Be sure to floss between every tooth, including the last ones in the back of your mouth.

What types of floss work best?

– There are two main types of floss: nylon multifilament floss or single filament floss. Nylon floss can come waxed or unwaxed. Single filament floss is nearly impossible to shred but tends to cost more. Either type is acceptable. You dentist may also recommend a separate type of dental flossing apparatus.

What does flossing do?

– Flossing between your teeth can remove plaque and debris that brushing alone cannot reach. Flossing helps in the prevention of gum disease and cavities.

The more options you implement for your oral health, the healthier your teeth can be. If you would like to speak with our dentist at ADC Dental & Denture Clinic Inc. or to set up an appointment with Dr. Teresa Eplett, you can call us at 541-772-8280 or stop by our office at Medford, Oregon. Visit us today, and enjoy the holidays with a smile!