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The American Dental Association recommends that you brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Flossing should be done immediately after you brush your teeth. While some marketing claims extol the value of antiseptic mouthwashes ability to kill bacteria it still cannot replace the effectiveness of floss for removing food particles and plaque from between teeth.

Start with a length of floss around 16 to 18 inches long. If you are struggling to work the floss between your teeth, you might want to try to use a waxed version. The waxy coating helps you work the floss in easily without risk of injuring your gums.

After working the floss between your teeth bend it into U shape. Be sure to floss between and around each tooth. This includes working the floss up into the gum line. Make sure you floss behind your back teeth. This area is often forgotten, yet it just as likely to harbor plaque and dangerous tartar.

After you are done flossing you can rinse your mouth vigorously with antiseptic mouthwash to help wash away loose food particles and freshen your breath.

If you have questions about your flossing technique, please feel free to call us at (701) 478-4500 or ask the hygienist at your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you!