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Is your smile giving you problems that are not easily solved by brushing alone? Are food and snack particles hiding in between your teeth in those tight areas your brush cannot reach? Naturally, a combination of brushing and flossing together is much more efficient in maintaining top-notch oral health habits and ensuring your mouth is cleaned effectively.

All superstar smiles include daily flossing guidelines. To help you improve your flossing prowess, Eli Lawrence, DDS suggests the following:

— Always use dental floss or a dental tool that is ADA-approved or suggested by your dentist, Dr. Lawrence.

— Try to augment flossing in your daily oral health care habits by flossing at least once per day.

— Be sure to floss in between every single tooth and behind the back teeth.

— To floss effectively, move your floss lightly between each tooth in an up-and-down motion without pressing too hard on the gum line.

— The amount of thread you need per use is an estimated 18 inches in length. Wrap each end around a finger and move up and down the floss as necessary, always using a different section of the floss for each tooth.

Are you having a difficult time finding or using the right floss and flossing techniques? Is it time for your next professional cleaning to ensure your teeth are well protected from gum disease and tooth decay? If so, we invite you to schedule a visit with Dr. Eli J. Lawrence at our dental office located in Chicago, Illinois. Call 312-236-9895 today to speak with a friendly member of our team. We look forward to helping you create a superstar smile!