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If you’re brushing twice daily to maintain optimum oral health, it may not be enough by itself. There are still methods and treatments you can add to your brushing routine that will produce better outcomes, including flossing. Flossing fights tooth decay and gum disease by going into those areas between the teeth which may otherwise go unchecked and become havens for plaque buildup.

Ensure your smile has the care it deserves by adding the following flossing tips to your daily cleaning regimen:

— Make sure to floss in between every single tooth and behind the furthest row (molars).

— Always use dental floss or a dental tool that is ADA-approved or recommended by our dentist at Central Illinois Smiles.

— To floss effectively, move your floss softly between each tooth in an up-and-down motion without pressing too hard on the gum line.

— Try to include flossing in your daily oral health care traditions by flossing at least once per day.

— The amount of thread you need per use is around 18 inches in length. Wrap each end around a finger and move up and down the floss as necessary, always using a different cut of the floss for each tooth.

If you are having a difficult time finding or using the right floss and flossing tactics, or if you would like a thorough cleaning to ensure your teeth are well protected from gum disease and tooth decay, please give us a call 217.877.1742 to speak with a friendly member of our team. We are happy to schedule a visit with Dr. Amanda Lewis or Dr. Greg Haarman in Decatur, Illinois.