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With everything to do during the holiday season, it’s easy to let our daily habits slide. Don’t let that happen to your dental hygiene habits! Let’s review some flossing techniques to make sure your teeth stay healthy and clean for this holiday season.

Break off an 18” piece of single-filament floss and wind it around one finger on each hand. Use a gentle sawing motion to slip the floss between your two front teeth, down to the gum line. Continue moving the floss back-and-forth as you carefully remove plaque and debris from between your teeth. Repeat around every tooth–including behind your back molars!

As you see, flossing is very easy! However, many people have a hard time getting into the habit. Sometimes it is uncomfortable to your gums, or you have a hard time physically getting the floss around every tooth. If you have problems flossing your teeth, don’t fret. There are interdental cleaning alternatives, such as water flossers, pre-strung flossers, floss for sensitive teeth, and dental picks created specifically for this purpose. Talk with Dr. Amandeep Gill and our team about potential options.

If you haven’t flossed regularly in a while, be aware that it is normal to feel slight discomfort at first. If the pain or discomfort does not go away after 2 weeks, call and set an appointment with our team.

For more information or to set an appointment, call Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California, at (209) 549-1721 today! Dr. Amandeep Gill and our team look forward to making your smile shine this holiday season!