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In a survey conducted not long ago, more people preferred to go grocery shopping than floss their teeth. That is rather odd when you consider that flossing costs less and doesn’t require you to stand in line. And if you don’t floss, eventually you won’t need to buy as much food.

You see, tooth decay can occur on any surface of your teeth, including the areas between your teeth. Plaque and food debris can accumulate in those areas, contributing to cavities and gum disease. Brushing can’t reach those areas, and flossing is the best way to ensure that your teeth stay healthy. If you are unsure of what kind of floss you should use, talk with our dentists, Dr. Gina Kaiser and Dr. Nicole Malony to find out what they recommends.

Flossing is a fairly simple procedure. You can do it before or after your brush, just so long as you do it at least once a day. You’ll need at least 18 inches of floss to do the job right. Wrap most of the floss around each of your middle fingers but leave yourself about two inches. Floss your top teeth before your bottom teeth. Floss your back teeth first and work your way to the front. Use a fresh section of floss for each tooth and throw the floss away when you are done. If you don’t, you are merely spreading the bacteria and around your mouth, which defeats the purpose of flossing.

If you could use a refresher course on flossing, our dentists will be happy to see you. If you live in the Berryville, Virginia, area and would like to schedule an appointment at Berryville Dental Associates, call 540-955-0270 today to plan your visit.