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I floss and still get cavities. What’s going on?

If you brush and floss conscientiously and still get cavities, the problem may be that your flossing skills aren’t up to par. If you aren’t flossing correctly, you aren’t getting the most out of your daily routine.

How to Floss Like a Pro

So what's the best way to make the most of your efforts? You don't need to make flossing a major event, but you do need to put some thought in it to make it productive. Here are a few flossing tips: 

  • When you slide the floss between teeth, be sure you are getting both teeth on either side. Clean one side first, then move to the other.
  • You don’t want to just saw the floss up and down between your teeth. When the floss is in place, form a “C” shape with it so it wraps around the side of the tooth you’re working.
  • Floss is inexpensive, so don’t be stingy with it. The point of flossing is to remove plaque, but if you reuse your floss, you are just be spreading plaque to other teeth, which completely defeats the purpose!

Please Call for An Appointment

If you're not confident in your flossing skills, please call our Alpharetta, GA general to schedule a teeth cleaning appointment. One of our skilled hygienists will be happy to review the proper technique for flossing to make sure your efforts are productive.

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