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The need to properly brush your teeth can’t be overstated; but as important as brushing may be, it is only one part of your oral hygiene regimen. Your toothbrush cannot reach between your teeth, and your mouthwash may not find its way into those spaces either. But plaque and food love to hide in those spaces to create tooth decay and contribute to gum disease.

The best way to clean between your teeth is with dental floss. You should floss at least once a day, and many people choose to floss just before bed. You can floss before or after you brush. As long as you do a thorough job of both, it doesn’t matter which you do first.

Waxed floss is often good for smooth flossing, particularly where braces or dental work is involved. A monofilament floss is less prone to shredding than a nylon floss. But, like flavored or unflavored floss, it is a matter of personal preference.

You want to use about 18 inches of floss each time. Wrap the majority of it around each middle finger, leaving one to two inches between your thumbs and forefingers. Start at your back teeth and work your way forward, curving the floss around each tooth. Floss by starting under, and then away from the gumline. Use a fresh section of floss for each tooth and of course, dispose of used floss when you are done.

Brushing and flossing are two of the best things you can do to fight tooth decay and gum disease. You should also see your dentist at least twice a year for your regular cleanings and exams. If that time has come for your, our dentist, Dr. Robert Renner will be happy to see you. To make an appointment at York Dental Group in York, South Carolina, call 803-684-2366 today.