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This Thanksgiving, don’t forget to floss. With all the savory sweets and delectable eats we might be gorging down this season, it’s important to keep our oral health care habits at maximum efficiency. Many of the foods in a standard Thanksgiving meal, such as corn on the cob or turkey and stuffing, can easily wedge food particles between our teeth that brushing alone will not be able to remove.

Here are few important tips to remember about flossing your teeth:

The most effective way to grip floss is to wrap a strand (about 18 inches long) around your middle fingers until you are left with about 1-2 inches of floss to work with.

Exercise caution and gently slide the floss up and down between your teeth. Always remember to press gently. When you do reach the gumline, curve the floss around the tooth in a ‘c’ shape pattern. This will help you go even deeper between the teeth and gumline.

Before you begin a new tooth, move the section of floss to an unused portion by adjusting your finger that is holding one side of the string. Always remember to floss between every single tooth, as well as the backside of your last teeth.If you have any additional questions, our excellent team of dentists at Barry E. Malkiel, DDS is here to help you.

Flossing is every bit as vital as brushing your teeth, and should never be avoided. If you would like to set up an oral exam or professional cleaning with Dr. Barry Malkiel, please call us at 770-995-9255, to speak with a member of our helpful staff. You can also stop by our office in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Stop by and let us help you make a great smile everyday!