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Many of us remember to brush at least twice a day, But it also may be tempting to brush, use our mouthwash, and be on our way. So in a rush to get out the door in the morning, or the desire to get to bed at night, we may forget a powerful ally in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease: dental floss.

Ideally, you should floss after every meal. However, you should floss at least once a day. A good time to schedule flossing is right before bed. You can get it done when you are brushing your teeth and can clean the food debris and plaque that builds up during the day.

As long as you do a good job of brushing and flossing, it really does not matter which one you do first. You can use waxed or unwaxed floss depending on your preference, and some brands of floss are flavored with cinnamon or mint. While waxed nylon floss can be easier to use, monofilament floss can slide between your teeth a little easier, and will not shred as quickly.

You want to use about 18 to 24 inches of floss. Wind it around each middle finger, leaving about two inches for you to use. As you floss between each tooth, use a new section of dental floss. You will want to keep a tight grip on the floss, and move it up and down on each side of your teeth, and around the base of your tooth to reach below your gumline. This is the most effective way to get to the parts of your mouth that you can’t reach with your toothbrush to remove food and plaque.

If you have questions about flossing or any other aspect of your dental care; or if you need an exam and cleaning, contact Dr. Robert A. Bell at Bullitt Dental P.L.L.C. in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, today at 502-955-6516. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment for you to ensure that your smile is the best it can be!