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Nothing can distract you more like a piece of food in your teeth you just can’t get out with your fingers or tongue. At Oak Ridge Dental, we suggest the best option for you is using floss. This is a method that should be used daily in your dental care regimen along with brushing twice a day and visiting your dentist regularly.

Plaque buildup is one the most common problems found in dentistry. This is when leftover food and sugar particles stay in your mouth and bacteria growth begins. It builds, damaging the enamel of the tooth, causing gum disease, infections, and cavities. Flossing can help remove this damaging plaque.

Different flossing options include dental picks, plaque removers (speak with your dentist if this option is best for you), dental floss (regular, waxed, flavored, or comfort floss), or even water flossing. Water flossing can get between the smallest cracks, especially if you have braces or dental bridges.

Start flossing your child’s teeth when their teeth grow close to each other, typically around the age of two. Instruct and help them until they are around the age of ten. Establishing the correct flossing technique is vital for them to do it correctly their whole life. Some steps include:

– Breaking off an 18-inch piece of floss, wrapping each end around the middle fingers.

– Hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers, gently guiding the floss between the teeth.

– When the floss reaches the gums, curve the floss into a C-shape, gently sliding it up and down away from the gums.

Floss your teeth at any time in the day! After dinner or lunch, after or before brushing, as long as you do it daily. Oak Ridge Dental are happy to do a consultation with you and set up your next dental appointment here in Burnsville, Minnesota. Give us a call at 952-435-0355 today where Dr. Jeff Olson and his dental professionals will be happy to help you!