Every dentist will tell you that flossing is a necessary step in a person's dental care routine, helping to remove plaque and food debris from between the teeth.
Many dental experts recommend flossing once per day, in addition to twice-daily brushing, to help prevent gum disease and protect dental health.
A dentist or dental hygienist can show you the proper technique for flossing. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, people may either use the spool or loop method.
The spool method - which is appropriate for people with manual dexterity - involves winding an 18-inch piece of floss around the two middle fingers on each hand.
This floss should then be moved between the teeth using the index fingers and thumbs, forming a "C" shape to wrap it around each tooth.
With the loop method, the floss is tied into a circle so that people with less manual dexterity can better handle it.
Some people prefer to use a different type of interdental cleaner that achieves the same purpose. Your dentist can help you choose a good dental care tool.
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