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You have an irritating piece of food in your teeth and can’t seem to get it out. What can you do? You can floss! Here at Smile Design - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we want to emphasize how important it is to not only brush your teeth and visit the dentist, but to also floss.

Besides removing frustrating pieces of food, floss can help remove plaque buildup. Plaque is the result of bacteria growth left from food and sugar sticking in your teeth. If left untouched, this can damage the outer layer of your teeth, breaking down the enamel, and causing cavities, infections or gum disease.

With so many options to remove particles from your teeth, you are free to choose which is most comfortable for you and your teeth. Some options include regular dental floss (flavored, waxed, or even comfort floss), dental picks, plaque removers, or water flossing. Water flossing is a great tool, especially if you have bridges or braces. Speak to your dentist about which option is best for you!

Flossing is just as important at a young age, so be sure to start flossing your child’s teeth as soon as their teeth begin to grow close to one another. In order to get the best results, help your child with their flossing technique until they are about 10 years old and can do it on their own.

The most important thing is to remember to floss at least once a day! When is the best time? Anytime! You can floss before or after you brush your teeth, after lunch, after dinner, etc. Just be sure to floss daily to remove food particles or plaque that may later damage your teeth.

Dr. Erfan Imeni and his dental professionals are ready to provide the best dental care for you and your smile. Call us at 919-220-5505 to schedule a consultation about which floss is best for you or your next appointment here in Durham, North Carolina.