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The American Dental Association is dedicated to helping consumers maintain good oral health throughout the course of their life. They do this by reviewing a plethora of oral hygiene products and testing them for safety and effectiveness. They further the cause with a series of recommendations including brushing twice and flossing your teeth at least once each day.

Along with a biannual dental check up, these simple measures will go a long way toward preventing cavities and periodontal health problems.

Gum disease causes serious inflammation and is a potential infection that is directly affected and can be prevented by a consistent daily oral hygiene routine. Consistency and technique are especially important for prevent gum disease. A highly effective flossing technique calls for gently inserting the strand between two teeth. You should then grasp the floss firmly and curve it into a C-shape. You might need to make multiple to thoroughly clean the tooth enamel. You can then work the strand carefully into the gumline to remove any stray bacterial matter in that area.

There are different variations on dental floss that you might want to try. While there is no difference in their clinical effectiveness, finding the variety you like best will keep you and your family members encouraged to floss each day. Unwaxed dental floss is a common option found in many American households. This is simply a plain strand of monofilament or braided nylon that has not been treated with a waxy coating, while some manufactures will apply added flavors to unwaxed floss many sell it plain.

Waxed dental floss has a special waxy coating applied to the strand. This also helps to slip the dental floss into tight places, this helps people with tight fitting teeth or who are struggling to floss around the orthodontic hardware of braces. The wax can also be treated with flavor additives to make it cosmetically appealing.

If you live in the Catoosa, Oklahoma, area and you have an oral hygiene question, you can always call 918-937-2787 to speak to Dr. Soren Michaelsen or a member of the staff at Dental Arts of Catoosa.