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Brushing your teeth twice a day is vital to your continued dental health, but you also need to remember to floss, everyday. Flossing your teeth is a very simple process that some have a hard time getting into the habit of doing–but once you get it, your smile will thank you. Let’s review the how-to’s of flossing your teeth.

First, take a long piece of single-filament floss that has been designed specifically for cleaning teeth. Wrap the ends of the floss around your index fingers. Then, carefully slip the floss between two of your teeth. Use a back-and-forth motion to gently push the floss toward the gumline. Slide the floss against the sides of your teeth. Continue sawing back and forth to carefully remove plaque, food particles, and other debris from your mouth.

If you are just getting started with flossing and it feels a little uncomfortable, don’t worry. That is totally normal. The discomfort should go away inside of 2 weeks. If it doesn’t, talk with Dr. Henry Bowman.

If conventional flossing isn’t working for you for any reason, talk with your dentist about alternative interdental cleaners. These could include water flossing, pre-strung flossers, floss for sensitive teeth, or ADA-approved dental picks.

For more information on flossing and other interdental cleaning options, call Henry B. Bowman, DDS in Houston, Texas at 713-961-9894. Our team will be happy to help!