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Flossing is integral to maintaining good dental hygiene, an expert has said.
Along with brushing thoroughly twice a day and using mouthwash, flossing is the best means of removing plaque and bacteria, according to the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) monthly magazine.
AGD spokesperson June Lee said the importance of flossing was not widely appreciated.
"Although flossing requires patience and dexterity, with time and experience, a person can learn to floss more quickly and still be effective," she said.
"In our fast-paced world, many people don't have the patience to give flossing a chance to become second-nature, but it can tremendously improve their oral health," she added.
The AGD's top tips for good dental health include brushing with the radio on, so that you continue cleaning for the entire length of a song.
It also advises keeping dental hygiene products at work and says these should always be fluoridated and antimicrobial to avert decay.
Sharing your fears with your family dentist is also advisable, as is talking about any new products you are using to ensure they are suitable, says the AGD.
Research has shown that plaque regrows on teeth within three to four hours of brushing.
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