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Even though we typically floss between two to three minutes a day, it is still a trade skill that holds many secrets for many people. Even individuals who have been flossing daily for years may still lack the fundamentals of flossing. This can keep their mouths from reaching their full potential.

When flossing, focus on an effective session that will last between 2-3 minutes, making sure to floss between each tooth and behind the ones in the back. To begin, wrap a strand of threaded dental floss around each finger. The length of thread should be approximately 18 inches to ensure that a new section of thread can be used between each tooth. This ensures you that bacterial contamination will not be spread around your mouth. When you have finished flossing, throw the piece of floss away and use a new strand for each consequent session.

When selecting a dental floss, look for a brand or product that features the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Further, look for floss that is a single filament thread. Single filament thread is shred resistant, which helps ensure your floss will be able to do the job you require efficiently and effectively. If you are using an interdental cleaner such as a water flosser, seek out products that are guaranteed to be safe and effective via the promotion of an ADA Seal of Acceptance.

With a professional cleaning, your smile will not only look better, but it can be healthier too. If you would like to meet with Dr. Laris Milligan and our team at Laris W. Milligan for an examination, please call 910-799-5000 to schedule an appointment at our dentist office in Wilmington, North Carolina. Visit us today, and enjoy the season with a smile!