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The American Dental Association advocates a consistent daily oral hygiene routine to help reduce your chances of suffering from cavities and gum disease. This consists of brushing your teeth each morning and night, as well as flossing between each of your teeth and around the gumline at least once per day.

Inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene habits can promote tartar formation on your teeth near the gumline. This is generally considered to be the leading cause of gum disease in the American population. This is often linked to inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene practices.

It is also worth noting that there are different varieties of dental floss. Finding the one that you like best will help keep you motivated to floss every day.

Micro-braided nylon and extruded monofilament are the two most common materials used for dental floss. Some oral care manufacturers also include an added flavor and offer dental floss with a wax coating. None of these differences make one type of dental floss more effective than the other. Finding the one that you prefer will help keep you encouraged to floss each day.

When flossing, you should focus on cleaning between each of your teeth along the gumline as well as behind each of your back molars. These areas can trap a significant amount of bacterial matter.

If you live in the Mountain View, California, area, and if you have an oral health issues, you can call 650-623-0003 to schedule a dental checkup with our experienced dentist, Dr. Golgoun Habibi, and the staff at Aesthetics & Essentials Dental Group.