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A consistent and effective daily oral hygiene regimen is one of the cornerstones of preventing problems with tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other oral health conditions. To aid in this important effort the American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice each day as well as flossing at least once.

Many people embrace brushing their teeth as it is often perceived as quick and easy. Yet some individuals struggle to remember to floss. Finding the type of dental floss that best meets your personal preference can be very helpful for keeping you encouraged to floss at least once each day. If you struggle to insert the dental floss between your tightly spaced teeth, you might want to try using waxed dental floss. The special coating helps work the strand between teeth without having to force or snap it into place.

It’s important to note that an effective flossing regimen involves flossing between all your teeth. You should also focus on cleaning along the gumline of every single tooth. This will clear away plaque and stray food deposits before they can develop into dangerous hardened tartar.

You also need to remember to brush and floss behind each of your rear molars. These areas can easily collect bacterial deposits that could promote cavities and periodontal disease.

If you live in the Portland, Connecticut, area and you have an oral hygiene concern, you should call 860-342-4141 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Tae Chul Ho and the dental care specialists at Waterview Dental Group’s clinic.