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At First Dental, we are committed to helping you and your family avoid gum disease by maintaining effective oral hygiene habits to clean your smile. Taking proper care of your teeth and gums with daily habits such as flossing can reduce the bacteria content that contributes to gum disease. If you are unsure how to floss effectively to prevent gum disease, we are pleased to offer some helpful tips to improve your technique.

When food particles aren’t cleaned away from the teeth, they can accumulate in narrow spaces between the teeth and lead to gum disease. Your daily habits of brushing and flossing should be performed slowly and carefully rather than quickly to achieve a more efficient clean for your smile. Many patients struggle with proper flossing methods needed for a healthy smile, which is why we offer the following tips for flossing techniques:

– Don’t try to floss with random materials that could be harmful. You can go to your dentist for a recommendation for dental floss products.

– Find safe products that have earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.

– Floss gently and slowly to avoid damage to your teeth and gums.

– Floss string should be about 16-20 inches in length so that you can use a fresh section of floss for each tooth. Be sure to carefully extract the string from each tooth before moving on.

– Clean every section of your smile, including the section behind your back teeth, where plaque can build.

– Choose high-quality floss string so that it doesn’t tear or fray easily during use.

– Visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings every six months.

If you need to see one of our dentists, Dr. Lehmkuhler or Dr. Asbjornson, to discuss flossing to prevent gum disease in Dodge City, Kansas, contact First Dental at 620-225-5154 today.