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You are probably aware that there are several steps you should take if you’re hoping to protect your teeth and gums. For instance, you may know that you should be brushing your teeth twice a day and visiting our team once every six months. You may also understand that flossing is very important in protecting your smile. Still, do you know what flossing can actually do for your teeth?

In general, flossing is vital because it can help you remove plaque buildup. If you fail to floss properly, food particles and plaque may ultimately irritate your gums. While this may not seem very serious, it might eventually lead to tooth decay. Moreover, you shouldn’t use your toothbrush to remove plaque from between your teeth or under your gum line. If this plaque is not removed, you could develop cavities.

Luckily, there are many things you can try to get the most out of your flossing. For example, before you start flossing, please remember to clean your hands. It’s also important that you use about 18 inches of floss every time. You should also move your floss up and down gently, instead of side to side. If you aren’t careful, you might accidentally damage your gums. When you move to a different tooth, please use a clean piece of floss. Lastly, you should consider rinsing your mouth out once you are done flossing.

If you would like to learn more about flossing in Jonesboro, Arkansas, please feel free to give Woodruff Family Dental a call at 870-972-8190. Our dentist, Dr. Tim Woodruff, and our team will gladly examine your teeth and offer you individualized advice. We look forward to hearing from you.