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With the start of a new year comes New Year’s Resolutions. Unfortunately, many of our best-intentioned resolutions get tossed by the wayside by Valentine’s Day. We have a suggestion that doesn’t need to be forgotten or tossed aside because it is simple–but the payout is huge! Of course, we are talking about taking better care of your smile.

We know that you are brushing twice a day for 2 minutes each session–of course–but do you floss every day? This should be done for 2-3 minutes, once per day. It does not matter if you brush first or floss first, as long as both get done.

The purpose of flossing is to get your teeth as clean as possible by removing food particles, plaque (a sticky film of bacteria), and other debris from the places in your mouth that your brush can’t reach. This includes in between teeth, as well as behind the back molars.

Use this knowledge to inform your flossing technique. Use a single-filament floss when available to prevent breakage and fraying. Start with an 18” piece of floss, wound around one finger of each hand. Leave a small section in between your fingers, and gently slide it in between your first two teeth. Use gentle back and forth motions to clean the area, then use a clean section of floss to clean between the next two teeth (and so on).

For more information, call Cedar Pointe Family Dentistry in Farmington, New Mexico, at (505) 327.0044. Dr. Ryan H. Wilson and our team look forward to making your smile shine!