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During the busy holiday season, flossing is often neglected or forgotten in all the excitement and activities. However, if you take time every day to floss, your smile can stay healthy and clean clear into the new year. We offer a few useful tips to help you get back into the habit of proper flossing.

Cut a piece of dental floss about 18” in length and wind it around a finger on each hand until you have only a few inches of floss in between. Slide the floss between two teeth on either end of your smile and use a gentle rocking motion to dislodge and buildups of debris or plaque. Continue this tactic for every tooth, using a fresh section of floss each time you move on, and don’t forget to floss behind your rear molars.

It is not uncommon for patients to struggle with proper flossing habits, as come experience gum discomfort or have a hard time flossing tight spaces. Dental floss is not your only options, and you can consider alternative methods such as water flossers and pre-strung flossers if traditional floss doesn’t seem to do the trick.

It’s common to experience initial mild discomfort in the gums if you haven’t flossed in a while, but sharp pains or irritation lasting longer than two weeks are signs that you should visit a dentist.

To speak with Dr. Daniel McKay about proper flossing habits, contact Daniel McKay, DDS Cosmetic & General Dentistry at 206-381-3055 today before the holiday season begins in earnest!