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The new year is here! For many people, that means New Year’s Resolutions. Cardio, weights, cleaning, relationships–we make lofty goals that soon fall by the wayside. Here is a suggestion that doesn’t have to be forgotten by Valentine’s Day: take better care of your mouth! This starts with brushing your teeth, of course, but it also involves flossing every day. Here are some things to consider as you develop your flossing habit.

First, remember the point of flossing: to clean between your teeth.This sounds obvious, but it is very important. These areas are great places for bacteria to build up, causing cavities. It is easy for food particles and plaque to get stuck in the spaces that toothbrushes cannot reach–between your teeth and behind your back molars. These leftover food particles feed the bacteria that form plaque, and both are unsightly in your smile.

Use this knowledge to inform your flossing technique. Make sure to go all the way around each tooth, using a gentle up-and-down sawing motion and a clean section of floss for each tooth. Go all the way down to the gum line, but remember, be gentle–you don’t want to cut up your gums in your enthusiasm for clean teeth! Floss your teeth once a day, for 2-3 minutes each time. It doesn’t matter if you floss after you brush or before, as long as both brushing and flossing get done.

For more information, call Rocky Ridge Dental Associates in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, at 205-979-8070. Dr. Roy A. Smith, III and our team are happy to help keep your smile shining through 2018!