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You brush your teeth twice a day for 2 full minutes, because you know it is the key to a healthy smile. But is that all there is to it? Many people who are diligent about brushing are less diligent about another process that is just as important: flossing.

Flossing should be a lifelong companion to brushing. They serve similar purposes, in that they remove plaque and food particles from your mouth. However, flossing removes plaque and food particles from places your brush cannot reach–the spaces in between your teeth.

Removing plaque and food debris from between teeth is not only important for an aesthetically pleasing smile; it is also vital for oral health and wellness.

The spaces between teeth and along the gumline create an excellent environment for prolific bacterial growth. The bacteria in your mouth eat sugars. They then produce an acid byproduct that eats away at your tooth enamel, which eventually forms a cavity.

To floss properly,, take an 18” piece of single-filament floss specifically designed for cleaning between teeth (look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging to ensure a quality product). Use a gentle sawing motion to work a section of the floss between your teeth. Use a new section for every tooth. Floss around the whole of each tooth, including the back molars!

For more information, call Comfort Dental Care in Paterson, New Jersey, at 973-742-2610. Dr. Jorge Bastidas and our team are happy to help you into a mouth-healthy 2018!