Flossing the Right Way…

 In Dental Hygiene, Health

If done incorrectly, flossing can be a waste of time, and can even cause problems. For example, if you’re not careful you can damage your gums, teeth and as well as any work (bridges, etc) your dentist has carried out on your teeth.

Additionally, flossing can dislodge harmful bacteria that are then released into the bloodstream where they can cause infections…

However, Tim Iafolla – a dentist from the National Institutes of Health sums it up best: ‘It’s low risk, low cost. We know there’s a possibility that it works, so we feel comfortable telling people to go ahead and do it.’

So here’s how to do it:

1. Take a length of floss, about 18 inches, and wind it around your index or middle fingers

2. Holding the floss taut between your fingers and thumbs, slide it past the tight contact point at the top of the teeth

3. Gently brush the floss up and around each tooth, making sure to go all the way down to just beneath the gum line

4. Don’t see-saw backwards and forwards, the motion you should be using is an up-down one when cleaning each tooth

5. When you want to remove the floss to move to the next tooth, gently move the floss back and forth until it comes out from between the teeth

6. Use a clean section of floss as you move on to each tooth

7. Don’t force the floss or move it too quickly – this may damage your delicate gum tissue

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