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Is your oral hygiene operating at the levels that you desire? If you weren’t aware, there are numerous tricks and tips you can use to improve your smile with simple cleaning habits including brushing and flossing. In order to ensure you are adequately cleaning your entire mouth, make sure you’re cleaning between teeth with functional dental floss. In order to ensure your dental floss is functioning correctly, a few simple steps are needed to keep your smile safe.

Are you flossing correctly? Do you know how long it takes to floss and how well your flossing techniques are working? If you have any questions about your flossing techniques, visit your dentist for an oral examination to determine if any debris or harmful acids are escaping your cleaning procedures. In addition, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on product packaging.

Always floss at least two minutes per session, with a focus on flossing between each and every tooth and behind the back row of teeth. Flossing is required because brushing cannot reach all areas in your mouth. When choosing a dental floss, always make sure it is shred-resistant. As a substitute product, try using an alternative interdental cleaner such as a water flosser, which uses beams of water instead of thread.

However, if you do use a threaded floss, always make sure it is long enough to clean between each and every tooth. To avoid contamination, never use the same section of a strand more than once. Thus, make sure you strand is long enough so you can clean between each tooth without using the same area. Furthermore, throw out the strand after each use and use a new strand each subsequent flossing session.

Take your smile to the next level with interdental treatments. If you are ready to take the next step to achieve a fantastic smile with interdental treatments, schedule an appointment with Portland Dental at our dentist office in Portland, Oregon by calling 503-227-1693. Dr. Gerald Fujii and the rest of our team look forward to helping you.