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The new year is here, and for many, that means New Year’s Resolutions. We have 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 do you floss every day? Here are some pointers to consider as you develop your flossing habit.

First, remember that the point of flossing is to clean between your teeth. This is very important, as these areas are great places for bacteria to build up, causing cavities. It is easy for food particles to get stuck in the spaces that toothbrushes cannot reach. These food particles feed the bacteria and are unsightly in your smile.

Use this knowledge to fuel your flossing technique: make sure to go all the way around each tooth, using a gentle up-and-down sawing motion. This removes plaque and debris from the area around the tooth. Go all the way down to the gum line, but be gentle–you don’t want to cut up your gum tissue 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 before or after you brush, as long as both get done.

For more information, call Riverdale Dental P.C. in Riverdale, New York, at 718-548-3353. Dr. Eric Poznyansky and our team are happy to help!