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If you would like an oral exam or a professional cleaning, the dentists at Ortho*Dental, Inc. are here to help. We will help get you on the fast track to a perfect smile. There are many things you can do yourself to better your oral health. Brushing daily helps tremendously with the removal of plaque buildup. Additionally, flossing at least once a day will effectively remove any food particles left behind that brushing alone cannot.

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 gum line, 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 Ortho*Dental, Inc. 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, please call us at (505) 863-8100, to speak with a member of our helpful staff. You can also stop by our office in Gallup, New Mexico. We hope to see you soon!