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Have you ever noticed that brushing your teeth isn’t always 100% effective when it comes to removing food particles after a meal? When brushing falls short, we commonly reach for the floss. Interdental cleaning is an important component of good oral hygiene.

Does it matter if you use waxed or unwaxed floss? According to the American Dental Association, both waxed and unwaxed dental floss options are equally effective. The main thing to remember when performing interdental cleaning is to thoroughly clean in between each tooth down to the gumline.

If you are using standard dental floss, sometimes referred to as dental tape, you should cut a portion measuring between 12-18 inches. The next step is to wrap the dental floss around your middle fingers leaving yourself a gap of about 1-2 inches to use when cleaning in between your teeth. Keep the dental floss taut and clean up and down both sides of all of your teeth.

Here at Nephi Dental Clinic we recommend flossing daily. Like all new habits, flossing gets easier with practice. Do your teeth a favor and start flossing today!