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A healthier smile is as close as your dental floss dispenser! The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once a day for a healthy smile.

While toothbrushes effectively remove plaque and food debris from the tops and sides of teeth, dental floss reaches those tight crevices between teeth and the teeth and gum line. It doesn’t matter whether you floss before or after brushing or when you go to bed or when you wake up–the key is to be thorough when flossing. This means you will need to set enough time aside to do the job right.

Time to Floss:

First, choose a floss that works for you, whether it is a single filament (monofilament) floss or nylon multifilament floss, both work well.

— To begin flossing, pull about 18 inches of floss from your floss dispenser.

— Carefully wrap the amount of floss you have around each of your middle fingers, with about an inch or so stretched in between to clean.

— Keeping the string taut between your thumbs and your index fingers, work it carefully and gently between your teeth and up-and-down.

— Slide gently in a C-curved shape around the base of each tooth, including below the gum line.

— Then, rub back and forth and up and down against the sides of each tooth, using clean sections of floss every time you move to a new tooth.

— Once you have cleaned each tooth, rinse with water or mouthwash to remove any loosened debris.

And there you have it. To improve your smile, take the extra time to floss your pearly whites thoroughly every single day. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the team at VIP Smiles at 801-776-3000 today!