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You hear a lot about brushing your teeth. But brushing, as important as it is, must be accompanied by flossing in order to be most effective. It does not matter whether you brush first or floss first, as long as they both get done.

Flossing is a way for you to remove plaque and food debris from in between your teeth. To floss properly, take a piece of floss about 18 inches long and wind it around one finger on each hand. Gently slip the floss in between your front two teeth. Using a gentle sawing motion, glide the floss back and forth. This removed the plaque from between teeth. Use a clean section of floss for every tooth. The 18 inches should give you enough to use a new section every time.

If conventional flossing is difficult for you, talk to Dr. Guy M. Bennett about other ADA approved interdental cleaners. Alternative cleaner options include water flossers, pre-strung flossers, floss for sensitive gums, and dental picks designed specifically for this purpose.

Of course, along with daily brushing and flossing come consistent, biannual dental visits. If you live in the Flemington, New Jersey area, be sure to call Flemington Dental Arts at 908-788-1661 for an appointment today! Our team will be happy to see you.