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As the holiday season keeps on churning along, so too must the highest degree of oral health care. If you are struggling with your food and drink choices this season, be sure to keep your brushing and flossing a part of your daily routine to save your teeth and gums from any added damage that could occur.

Flossing is often neglected or improperly done. Here are some oral health flossing tips for the holiday season:

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 at Preferred Dental Care or to set up an appointment with Dr. Chris A. Gipe, you can call us at 562-431-1349 or stop by our office at Los Alamitos, California. Come in today, and let us help you have a healthy, happy holiday!