The holidays surround us with their joys and celebration just in time to cap off what we hope is yet another wonderful year for you. As we slide into the end of the year festivities, the dedicated team at our dental practice would like to remind you to continue practicing excellent oral health care habits. Don’t let the whirlwind of the holidays envelope you so tight you forget to brush and floss! While most people still find time for brushing, don’t forget to floss as well.
Here are some simple guidelines about flossing your teeth for the holidays:
How often should you floss?
– The American Dental Association recommends you floss at least once per day.
What is the proper technique for flossing?
– You should use a piece of thread that is roughly 18” in length wrapped around your middle fingers. Move to a new section of the floss for each tooth. Be sure to floss between every tooth, including the last ones in the back of your mouth.
What types of floss work best?
– There are two main types of floss: nylon multifilament floss or single filament floss. Nylon floss can come waxed or unwaxed. Single filament floss is nearly impossible to shred but tends to cost more. Either type is acceptable. You dentist may also recommend a separate type of dental flossing apparatus.
What does flossing do?
– Flossing between your teeth can remove plaque and debris that brushing alone cannot reach. Flossing helps in the prevention of gum disease and cavities.
The more options you implement for your oral health, the healthier your teeth can be. If you would like to speak with our dentist or set up an appointment with Dr. Brent Huckabay, you can call us at 432-684-6672 or stop by our office at Midland, Texas. We look forward to helping you begin the holidays with a smile!