While flossing is mostly foolproof, there are a few pointers to keep in mind. Floss is primarily used to remove plaque from the interdental space. For it to work efficiently, floss needs to contact the tooth, hug it, slide down below the gum level and be brought back up. In each space, make sure to clean both the more forward and more backward tooth. In contrast, flossing without contacting the teeth only removes stuck food and doesn't impart the full benefit. If you're short on time or juggling a busy schedule, consider keeping a pack of flossers in your car for the morning commute.  Remember to use floss daily, along with brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste!

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