(HealthDay News) -- If you really want healthy teeth and gums, brushing alone won't cut it. Make sure you floss regularly to help keep your mouth clean.
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The American Dental Association offers these tips for proper flossing:
- Make flossing part of your daily routine.
- Designate a time of day to devote to flossing.
- Don't forget to floss your child's teeth. Start as soon as the child has two teeth that are touching.
- Understand that flossing should not be painful. Mild discomfort when you start flossing should ease within a week or two.
- Talk to your dentist if you continue to have pain.
- Try different flossing methods until you find one that is comfortable.
-- Diana Kohnle
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