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Are you aware that there are different types of dental floss for different individuals and needs? Oftentimes, it comes down to preference and comfort, but variations can affect your overall flossing experience. Always make sure to have a floss that does not fray during use. If you pick a dental floss that you can work with comfortably and easily, you are much more likely to have a more successful cleaning each time you use it, as well as make the effort to clean more consistently.

Consider the following to help you maximize your flossing potential:

— The amount of dental thread you need per use is approximately 18 inches in length. Wrap each end around a finger and move up and down the floss as needed, always using a different portion of the floss for each tooth.

— To floss efficiently, move your floss gently between each tooth in an up-and-down motion without pressing too hard on the gum line.

— Try to include flossing in your everyday oral health care routine by flossing at least once per day.

— Always use dental floss or a dental tool that is ADA-approved or approved by your dentist. ADA-approved products have been proven effective and safe to use. 

— Make sure to floss in between all remaining teeth and behind the back teeth.

If you are having a difficult time finding or using the right floss and flossing tactics, or for a thorough cleaning to ensure your teeth are well protected from gum disease and tooth decay, please don’t hesitate to schedule a visit with Dr. Andrew W Henritze, DDS in Roanoke, Virginia. Please call (540) 989-6600 to speak with a friendly member of our team. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain your healthy smile!