Holiday Flossing Fundamentals

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Keep up on you flossing techniques to make sure your teeth stay healthy and clean for this holiday season!

First, take an 18” piece of single-filament floss and wind it around one finger of each hand. Use a gentle sawing motion to slip the floss between your two front teeth until it touches the top of your gums. Continue the gentle sawing motion back upward as you carefully remove plaque and debris from between your teeth. Repeat this process around each tooth–including behind the back molars!

This is really all there is to it. Flossing is very easy–but many people have a hard time getting into the habit. Sometimes it is uncomfortable, or you have a hard time getting the floss around every tooth. If you have problems flossing your teeth, don’t worry. There are other interdental cleaning options, such as water flossers, pre-strung flossers, floss for sensitive teeth, and dental picks created specifically for this purpose. Talk with Dr. Lavanya Gill and our team about potential alternatives.

If you are just starting to floss consistently, know that it is normal to feel slight discomfort at first. If you feel sharp pain, or the discomfort does not go away after 2 weeks, call and set an appointment.

For more information or to schedule a pre-holiday appointment, call Country Club Dental in Stockton, California, at 209-466-1043. Dr. Lavanya Gill and our team look forward to making your smile shine this holiday season!