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Is flossing my teeth really that important?

The answer to this question is - yes, definitely! Brushing your teeth combined with flossing is the best way to protect your smile from tooth decay and gum disease.

Plaque and bacteria build up after eating meals, and brushing your teeth can only reach your teeth's front and back surfaces. Flossing gets between your teeth, where plaque can hide and build up.

And yes - you can get cavities in between your teeth, so it's important to use dental floss to remove plaque buildup in between your teeth before it becomes problematic.

Flossing your teeth is simple and doesn't have to take a long time. You can use flossers or start with about 18 inches if you're using a roll of floss. Wrap the floss around a finger on each hand so it is taut and gently work it between each tooth in a c-shape motion. Be sure to use a clean piece of floss around each tooth so you're not spreading the plaque to other teeth.

If you have questions about flossing your teeth or using proper flossing techniques, you can contact your team at Seymour Dental Associates or talk with your hygienist during your next dental cleaning.

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