Roughly one in four adults lie to their dentist about their flossing habits, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. If you’ve stretched the truth a little bit about your oral hygiene, you may have wondered whether your dentist knows.

Take a look at this video from the American Dental Association. Then, why not recommit to proper brushing and flossing habits as a New Year resolution? That way, when it comes time for your next routine checkup and cleaning, you’ll be able to truthfully deliver some good news when your dentist asks about your habits.

We recommend brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, using a soft-bristled toothbrush. As for flossing, once a day is generally sufficient if you do a thorough job.

And don’t forget to schedule your regular checkups! That should happen once every six months unless otherwise recommended by your dentist. If you’re due for an appointment in the Newburgh, NY area, call Smile Design Dental at 845-670-5423!