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Dental floss

hiloFlossing is an essential part of any oral health routine . The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once daily to achieve optimal oral health .

When flossing every day, you help remove plaque from the areas between the teeth where the toothbrush can not reach . This is important because the plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can harden into calculus or tartar . Flossing also helps to prevent gum disease and tooth decay .

 

The most important thing about flossing is doing it. Pick a time of day when you can spend an extra couple of minutes on your oral hygiene . People who are too tired at the end of the day can benefit from dental flossing first thing in the morning or flossing after eating .

 

And do not forget that children have to floss too! You must use the floss with children as soon as they have two teeth next to each other . Because flossing requires manual dexterity that very young children do not have, children are often not able to floss by themselves until the age of 10 or 11.

 

Note that flossing should not be painful . You may feel discomfort when you start flossing , but do not give up . After a week or two of daily brushing and flossing , discomfort should ease. If pain persists , consult your dentist.

 

If you find flossing difficult , consider a different method of flossing. People who have difficulty handling dental floss may prefer to use another kind of interdental cleaner as a plaque remover wooden toothpick or pre - threaded floss .