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The American Dental Association notes that consistently brushing your teeth each morning and night as well as remembering to thoroughly floss once per day improves your chances of maintaining good oral health. Bacterial deposits that remain in your mouth can gradually harden into tartar near at your gumline. This can put you at increased risk of suffering from gum disease.

It’s also worth noting that your flossing technique will also weigh heavily on the overall effectiveness of your daily routine.

Each time you floss you should start by spooling the excess strand around your middle fingers. You can then grip the dental floss firmly between your thumb and index fingers, before curving the strand to maximize physical contact with the tooth.

It might take several sweeps along the length of each tooth to clear away food particles, plaque and other bacterial deposits. Be sure to also floss into the gumline as well as the space behind each of your teeth.

When shopping for dental floss you should look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This represents that the product has been tested and researched for safe and effective use in a daily oral hygiene routine.

If you live in the Escondido, California, region and you have a gum health concern, we invite you to call 760-745-5416 to schedule an appointment at Mark B. Martin, DDS, MAGD with our dentist. Dr. Mark B. Martin and our team look forward to helping you with your oral care needs.