To Floss or Not to Floss?

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Most people will brush their teeth twice daily but not all follow through with flossing. Brushing, on its own, is not enough to remove all harmful bacteria and plaque and especially not from between the teeth.

Flossing reaches these problem areas and loosens the plaque, bacteria and food debris which is then removed with brushing.

Your dentist can instruct you on how to floss properly but the basic rules are:

– Floss before brushing

– Floss between the teeth using an up-and-down motion

– Use 15 to 18 inches of dental floss

Flossing should be done gently and shouldn’t irritate the gums and further tips can be read at

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Loran Simon

Dental Care Tips is a dental news website for patients. We also provide a free service to help patients find local dentists. Dental Care Tips is operated by Somnowell Marketing, a digital marketing agency for dental practices. We also founded Somnowell, the ground breaking anti-snoring device invented by Prof. Simon Ash.