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Plaque can reside below the gumline and between your teeth where the bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach. That is why flossing is so crucial to keeping your teeth healthy and your smile happy. Our dentist, Dr. Lisa Kirshenbaum with Dental Excellence of Kennesaw in Kennesaw, Georgia, encourages you to brush and floss regularly and is happy to help you understand more information about dental floss and why it should be done each day.

Here are some insightful details about dental floss:

– Cleaning between teeth depends on having a reliable dental floss that will not tear. Seek out single filament thread which is shred resistant.

– If you are older or have muscle and joint pain while flossing, look for more natural tools to use. Water flossers use beams of water to splash away debris and plaque between teeth.

– For additional help with your interdental cleaning needs, speak with your dentist.

– The average length for a thread to clean between your teeth should be between 16 and 20 inches long.

– Always be gentle when flossing between your teeth to avoid cutting your gums or damaging your tooth enamel.

– To prevent contamination from occurring, always make sure the flossing tools you use are clean. If you are using stringy floss, never use the same section more than once.

If you apply these techniques to your oral health, you will be helping your teeth stay healthy and strong for years to come. If you have any questions about your oral health or would like to schedule your regular checkup, please call us today at (770) 429-0955 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.