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There are few things worse than an oral emergency messing up your holiday plans. Let’s review some flossing techniques to make sure your teeth stay healthy and clean throughout this holiday season!

First, take a long piece of single-filament floss and wind it around two of your fingers (one on each hand). Use a gentle back-and-forth motion to slip the floss between your two front teeth, moving it down to the gum line. Continue the gentle sawing motion as you move the floss back up, carefully removing plaque and debris from between your teeth. Repeat around every tooth–including behind the back teeth!

This’s all there is to it. Flossing is very simple. However, many people struggle to get into the habit. Sometimes it is uncomfortable for your teeth and gums. Some people have a hard time getting the floss around every tooth. But if you have problems flossing your teeth, it’s okay. There are other interdental cleaning options, such as water flossers, pre-strung flossers, floss for sensitive teeth, and dental picks. Talk with Dr. Gregory Dvorak and our team about potential alternative options.

If you don’t floss very often and are trying to floss regularly, know that it can sometimes be uncomfortable at first. If the pain or discomfort does not go away after 2 weeks, call and set an appointment.

For more information or to schedule your pre-holiday appointment, call New Prague Gentle Dental Care in New Prague, Minnesota, at 952-758-3003. Dr. Gregory Dvorak and our team look forward to making your smile shine!