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Are you brushing and flossing every day? The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day and flossing once a day to clear plaque and oral debris from your teeth. Done daily, this oral hygiene routine, coupled with six-month dental cleanings, offers you the best chance of avoiding gum disease and tooth decay.

Of course, you have all the tools you need at your fingertips, available at your local supermarket, drugstore, or even online purchasing. Interdental flossing options for you to choose from are dental floss tape, dental picks, pre-threaded flossers, tiny brushes, oral irrigators, and wooden plaque removers. Try out different types until you find something that is both easy and enjoyable to use. You can ensure that the product is both safe and does what it says by choosing products with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on the packaging.

If you are wondering when to floss; the answer is, whenever it works best for you schedule. Patients successfully floss before bedtime, after lunch, or when they begin the day. The important thing is that you floss once a day to keep plaque from building up between the teeth and hardening into tartar. And, likewise, you can floss before or after you brush your teeth.

To keep your oral health strong, don’t skip your flossing habit. For more information about flossing, or to address any oral health concerns you may have, our dentist, Dr. Steven Pooley, is happy to help. Please call Pooley Dentistry in Loves Park, Illinois, at 815-968-5434 today!