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This article brought to you courtesy of Dr. Alan Neal, DMD, FAGD of Neal Family Dental, Canby Herald Insider Dental Expert.

Dr. Alan Neal, DMD, FAG D

Do you floss your teeth? Or are you one of those people who hates the long skinny stuff? The American Dental Association recommends that you brush twice a day and use and use an interdental cleaner once a day, preferably before bed. And use waxed floss so it doesn't shred between the teeth.. An interdental cleaner is dentist speak for floss. There are good reasons to floss and Dr. Neal wants you to know them.

Plaque is bad, it generates acid which causes cavities, gum disease and bad breath. Only flossing can remove the plaque between your teeth. 1/3 of your tooth surface is between the teeth and only flossing can reach it.

Flossing keeps food from being trapped between teeth and causing bad breath.

Flossing helps you avoid costly dental appointments. Cleaning between your teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease.

Not flossing can make your gums sore and bleed due to plaque buildup.

Now that you are convinced that flossing is to your benefit, here is how to do it. Wind about 18 inches of floss around your middle fingers. Slide the floss between your teeth and move it up and down to dislodge particles and plaque. Repeat on both sides of your teeth, using a new area of floss each time.

More questions about flossing or dental care? Give Neal Family Dental a call and let them show you the best way to care for your teeth.

Neal Family Dental

333 NW 3rd Ave

Canby, OR 97013

503-266-2705

www.NealFamilyDental.com

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