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You hear about flossing and brushing your teeth, every time you go to the dentist. But do you incorporate flossing into our daily routine? If you do, is your technique excellent? Let’s review some of the basics of flossing for clean teeth and healthy gums.

When you floss, make sure to use an ADA-approved floss–single filament if possible. This will prevent the floss from fraying and splitting. Take a 18 inch piece of floss piece of floss and wind it around one finger on each hand.

Use a gentle back-and-forth motion to gently slide the floss between each set of teeth. Floss all the way around the teeth–it is essential to floss behind the back molars.

It doesn’t matter whether you brush your teeth before or after brushing teeth, as long as both get done. It should take 2-3 minutes to clean all your teeth, If you have trouble sending that much time on it, set a timer. It only takes a few minutes once a day, but the rewards are huge.

Make sure you are supporting your flossing habits with regular visits to the dentist. If you are in the Glendora, California area and would like to set up an appointment with Dr. German G. Jaquez, call Ecco Dental at 626-771-0064. Thanks!