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Most of us remember to brush our teeth and use mouthwash one or more times a day. After all, we are conscious of the fact that other people will see our smile, and may accidentally get a whiff of the anchovy pizza we had for lunch. But unless someone tells us that we have a bit of our salad stuck between our teeth, we may not floss as often as we should.

First of all, waxed or unwaxed, flavored versus non-flavored; it really doesn’t make a difference. While the nylon floss comes in waxed and flavored varieties, monofilament floss will not shred when you use it. It also doesn’t matter whether you floss before or after you brush, as long as you do both.

You should floss at least once a day; a good time to floss is just before going to bed. When you floss, use about 18 inches, but wrap most of the floss around each of your middle fingers, giving yourself about two inches with which to floss. As you work your way from your back teeth to your front teeth, curve the floss around each tooth, making sure to floss under your gumlines. After each tooth, use a fresh section of floss.

Flossing every night will help to clean food debris and plaque from between your teeth and below you gumlines. That will help in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. If you have concerns about the health of your teeth, or if it time for your cleaning and exam, our dentist, Dr. Christopher McGonigle would love to see you. If you live in the Burlington, Massachusetts, area, call 781-272-2875 to make an appointment at Advanced Dental Care. We are looking forward to your visit.