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We all know to brush our teeth, two times a day. Many of us even do so, for 2 minutes each session. We know that brushing removes plaque from teeth, keeping them healthy and strong. But do we know the hows and whys of flossing? And what if we struggle with flossing–are there alternatives?

If you want a healthy mouth, it’s important to clean between your teeth. Unfortunately, toothbrushes have a hard time getting in between teeth. Flossing, however, can reach places your toothbrush can’t get to–between teeth and behind back molars, for example.

Interdental cleaning protects against plaque build-up between your teeth and along the gum line. If plaque builds up, it can lead to cavities, inflamed gums, or even gum disease. Advanced gum disease can involve major oral problems, such as tooth loss, halitosis, and loss of supporting bone structure.

If you struggle with traditional flossing, there are alternatives for you. It could be as simple as using a pre-strung flosser, or floss specially designed for sensitive gums. There are even more alternatives, such as a specially designed dental pick (not a standard wooden toothpick), or a water flosser. These alternative are great for those with shaky hands, arthritis, a sensitive gag reflex, or other problem that makes it difficult to floss.

For more information, call Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta in Decatur, Georgia, at (404) 321-4588. Dr. Brett Langston and our team look forward to making your smile shine!