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A 44-year-old member asked:

can you explain how do some people rarely floss and never get cavities?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Genetics: .. And diet. You assume that if you floss you won't get cavities, and if you don't floss, you will. Not true. That's like assuming if you exercise and eat healthy you will live longer that someone who doesn't. Also not true. In general, if you take care of yourself you will have less problems, but not always.

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A 39-year-old female asked:

Hi does it matter whether we brush first and then floss or the other way round? Thank you!

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Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry 38 years experience
Floss first: I usually recommend to floss first then brush to remove the material away that the flossing accomplished.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Any flossing tips for me if never done it?

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Dr. Gregory Houghteling
Dentistry 43 years experience
Look on YouTube : Instructional videos can show you up close and personal.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Flossing is beneficial, but it's also a real chore. How to make flossing more fun?

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Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 39 years experience
Money: Well if you floss correctly and you do not get gum disease or decay think of all the money you will save over your life time; talk about fun. You can floss while listening to your favorite music or watching your favorite program. Have fun.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How to make it easier to start flossing?

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Dr. Doyle Sam Spence
Dentistry 9 years experience
Practice: Practice makes it easier to floss. You might start with floss aides, to start with, but as you advance the clean feeling you get with flossing can only really be achieved with flossing.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is rinsing just as good as flossing?

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Dr. Doyle Sam Spence
Dentistry 9 years experience
No: Rinsing will clean the interproxial portion of your teeth, the only way to effectvely clean this area is with dental floss.

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