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There are so many types of floss methods on the market today, there really is no good reason to skip this important part of a good oral hygiene routine. Flossing clears your teeth of plaque-causing bacteria, residing in between your pearly whites, something your toothbrush is not designed to do.

Dental flossing all started when a New Orleans dentist started advising his patients to clean in between their teeth using a thin silk thread. As flossing caught on, the Massachusetts based company called Codman and Shurtleft Company began marketing unwaxed silk dental floss in 1882. Six years later, a New Jersey based company known as Johnson & Johnson took out a patent for dental floss in 1898, made from the same silk material doctors used for silk stitches.

Flossing is a matter of finding a method that works best for you and then making the time to do it. Whether you floss before or after brushing your teeth, before bed or when you wake up, doesn’t matter. However, NOT flossing leads to bleeding gums. Any floss tool removes bacteria and food particles from your teeth, so find one that you like and stick to it!

Flossing options include:

–Waxed floss
–Unwaxed floss
–Wide floss (dental tape)
–Flossing sticks
–Small round brushes
–Pointed rubber tips
–Wooden or plastic picks
–Water flossers

Since flossing is your #1 plaque-fighting weapon in the battle for optimal oral health (According to the Academy of General Dentistry, or AGD) you really don’t want to skip this important step! For more information about finding the best flossing method for you, see Dr. James D. Schuette or give our team a call at 816-554-7656.