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Do you understand the importance of dental floss? Although brushing your teeth is highly touted as an essential oral health care treatment tool, flossing is just as important. You should always floss your teeth for at least 2 minutes every day. Furthermore, make sure you are flossing correctly.

If you are using traditional threaded floss, make sure your product is capable of flossing your teeth without ripping or shredding. Single filament thread is shred-resistant, so it should be your first choice when selecting a dental floss. When using threaded floss, wrap a strand around each finger to ensure you can effectively clean between your teeth. Typical strands should be approximately 18 inches in length. Never use the same section of a strand more than once. In addition, never use the same strand more than once, as you should throw it out and use a new strand for each new flossing session.

As an alternative to threaded floss, consider trying a water flosser. Water flossers are highly effective for individuals who suffer from muscle ailments, are older, or simply cannot floss with thread efficiently. If you do choose to use a water flosser, always look for products that feature the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The seal is given out by the American Dental Association to signify products that meet the highest quality standards of safety and effectiveness. Water flossers are also extremely beneficial for individuals who have root canals, dental implants, or dental bridges.

If you would like an oral examination or a professional cleaning from Samuel D. Knight, DDS at our dentist office in Farr West, Utah, please contact us at 801-731-3200. Dr. Samuel D. Knight and the rest of our team will ensure you get the beautiful smile you desire. We look forward to doing our best to ensure your oral health remains terrific.