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Give the gift of great flossing for the holidays. If you are brushing and flossing safely and effectively, your smile can shine brightly throughout the season. Not all gifts are wrapped or cooked, so take advantage of the natural one your smile can provide to friends, family, and loved ones during the holiday season.

The more effort you give to become a flossing superstar, the better condition your teeth can be in. Here are some helpful hints to keep you focused on optimum oral health:

How often should you floss?

–  The American Dental Association recommends you floss at least once per day.

What is the proper technique for flossing?

– You should use a piece of thread that is roughly 18” in length wrapped around your middle fingers. Move to a new section of the floss for each tooth. Be sure to floss between every tooth, including the last ones in the back of your mouth.

What types of floss work best?

– There are two main types of floss: nylon multifilament floss or single filament floss. Nylon floss can come waxed or unwaxed. Single filament floss is nearly impossible to shred but tends to cost more. Either type is acceptable. You dentist may also recommend a separate type of dental flossing apparatus.

What does flossing do?

– Flossing between your teeth can remove plaque and debris that brushing alone cannot reach. Flossing helps in the prevention of gum disease and cavities.

The more options you implement for your oral health, the healthier your teeth can be. If you would like to speak with our dentist or set up an appointment with Dr. Chris Lindsey, you can call us at 650-327-3770 or stop by our office at Palo Alto, California. It’s time to start crafting the smile you deserve!