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While many people are diligent about brushing twice a day, not everyone remembers to floss. Flossing is a necessary part your oral health care regimen, because floss can reach between your teeth to remove food debris and plaque that your toothbrush misses.

You should floss at least once a day. Many people make it part of their bedtime routine. People with braces should floss after every meal, since they have a greater chance of getting food caught in their dental work. Should you brush or floss first? The truth is that it really doesn’t matter which one you do first, as long as you do a thorough job of both.

Nylon floss is available in waxed and unwaxed varieties, however it can shred when you use it. Monofilament floss slides easily between your teeth. Monofilament may be easier for people who wear braces. If your braces make flossing difficult, or you have trouble holding the floss, you might want to try using a floss threader or a water flosser.

When you floss, you should start with 18 inches of floss. Wrap most of it around each middle finger, and hold about two inches with your thumbs and forefingers. Start with your back teeth and work your way forward. Curve the floss around each tooth, start below the gumline and floss away from your gums. Use a fresh pieces of floss for each tooth to make sure that you remove the food particles and bacteria, and don’t just spread them around.

If you have questions about your oral health routine, of if it has just been a while since you have had your teeth cleaned, you should make time for a visit with our dentist, Dr. Christopher Layton. If you live in the Oceanside, California, area, you can make an appointment by calling 760-842-5876. We look forward to seeing you soon!