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Many Americans struggle to find affordable dental care, and even more neglect many of the oral health basics. For example, according to the American Dental Association, barely half of Americans floss their teeth every day. This is a major problem, since the ADA states that floss can remove plaque from between the teeth that brushing often misses. Recently, EmpowHer published an article explaining the importance of flossing, and how to properly do it.
The news source explained that floss is not the only necessary oral health tool. Toothbrushes need to be paired with floss for them to be truly effective.
"Food gets caught between your teeth. A film of bacteria can harden becoming plaque if you don't remove it. This plaque can become a hard mineral deposit called tartar. Tartar on your teeth will only be eliminated by a dental professional. If tartar isn't dealt with it can make cleaning between your teeth harder to accomplish," according to the information provider.
To floss properly, use an 18-inch piece of floss and gently slide it back and forth to get between the teeth. Do not "snap" the floss between teeth, because this can damage them. Remember to use a new section of the floss for each tooth.
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