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With the constant hustle and bustle of the holiday season, flossing is one of those small things that is easily ignored or forgotten. However, remembering to employ proper flossing techniques every day will help your teeth remain healthy and clean throughout the holidays and into the new year.

Proper flossing begins with an 18” thread of dental floss, which you wind around your index or middle fingers, leaving a few inches of floss in between. Slip the floss between two teeth using a gentle rocking motion, and continue this motion to gently remove debris and plaque from between the teeth. Repeat this method around each tooth, including the area behind your rear molars, using a fresh area of floss per tooth.

While flossing is very simple, many people struggle to develop the habit. Complications include gum discomfort and difficulty maneuvering the floss in tight spaces. If you have trouble with floss, you can consider other interdental cleaning tools such as pre-strung flossers, floss for sensitive teeth, and water flossers. Our dentist will gladly help you select an option.

If you haven’t flossed in a while, you may feel some initial mild discomfort. However, persistent discomfort after two weeks or a sharp pain means you need to see a dentist.

For more information about proper flossing habits, and to schedule your appointment with Dr. Stephen Woodard, please call Stephen Woodard at 509-924-8585 so that we can help you protect your smile this holiday season!