Sometimes it is good to review basics and with flossing our teeth, we sometimes slip into bad habits while we do this vital procedure. So let’s review the basics.
Here’s how the American Dental Association describes the process:
- Start with about 18 inches of floss. Wrap most of it around the middle finger of one hand, the rest around the other middle finger.
- Grasp the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers, and use a gentle shoeshine motion to guide it between teeth.
- When the floss reaches the gum line, form a C shape to follow the contours of the tooth.
- Hold the floss firmly against the tooth, and move the floss gently up and down.
- Repeat with the other tooth, and then repeat the entire process with the rest of your teeth, “unspooling” fresh sections of floss as you go along.
Don’t forget to floss the backs of your last molars.
The sad fact is, not enough people floss.
A 2008 survey found that only 49% of Americans floss daily, and 10% never floss. That’s most unfortunate because flossing is even more important than brushing when it comes to preventing periodontal (gum) disease and tooth loss. And as we’ve reminded you, over 70% of Americans over 35 have some form of gum disease.
If you’re not flossing, it is never to late to start. Hopefully our “101” guide will help you do it. And for those who are flossing, hopefully it acts as a reminder of how to floss to the best effect.
Call us with any questions you might have.
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