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Flossing is a very important daily step in maintaining good oral hygiene and disease prevention. Dental floss can be waxed, unwaxed, plain, or flavored. The technique can be awkward at first, but with practice, flossing becomes easier. Together with brushing, it should be a part of one’s daily routine.

The proper technique used in flossing is to wrap the floss between the thumb and forefinger of both hands. Then, beginning with the molars, wrap the floss around each tooth, working it up and down several times on each side of the tooth. This motion removes food particles.

More importantly, it removes the plaque that builds up. As a result, flossing may cause some minor bleeding at first. After a few times, however, the bleeding should stop. Floss at least once a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

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