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Taking care of your teeth during the holiday season begins with flossing. You may find yourself eating lots of foods that can easily stick between your teeth and gums. Examples include honey-glazed hams, turkey, stuffing, cookies of all varieties, and nuts and berries with chocolate cherries. Many types of holiday foods can hide in places that brushing alone will not be able to clean.

Here are some reminders to help you floss for the holidays:

How often should you floss?

–  The American Dental Association recommends you floss at least once per day.

What is the proper technique for flossing?

– You should use a piece of thread that is roughly 18” in length wrapped around your middle fingers. Move to a new section of the floss for each tooth. Be sure to floss between every tooth, including the last ones in the back of your mouth.

What types of floss work best?

– There are two main types of floss: nylon multifilament floss or single filament floss. Nylon floss can come waxed or unwaxed. Single filament floss is nearly impossible to shred but tends to cost more. Either type is acceptable. You dentist may also recommend a separate type of dental flossing apparatus.

What does flossing do?

– Flossing between your teeth can remove plaque and debris that brushing alone cannot reach. Flossing helps in the prevention of gum disease and cavities.

The more options you implement for your oral health, the healthier your teeth can be. If you would like to speak with our dentist at Brandon Burger, DDS or to set up an appointment with Dr. Brandon Burger, you can call us at 615-889-8202 or stop by our office at Hermitage, Tennessee. Come in and restore your smile today!