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How To Floss Your Teeth – What Your Dentist May Not Have Told You

Flossing your teeth regularly is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid gum disease and avoid losing teeth. Proper flossing not only dis-lodges food that may be trapped between your teeth, but more importantly it removes plaque between the teeth and at the gum line which are areas that brushing cannot reach. This article describes good techniques for flossing your teeth properly.
1. Normally you should floss after brushing, but it’s better Teeth Cleaner Tools to floss when you can than not to floss at all.
2. Take about 18 inches of floss and wrap it around the middle fingers of each hand, leaving about 2-3 inches of floss stretched between your hands.
3. Gently slide the stretched floss between your teeth, one space at a time. Pull the floss gently around the contour of each tooth, forming a “C” around the tooth as you slide the floss up and down the full length of the tooth, going all the way to and slightly below the gum line. When you finish with the contour of one tooth, pull the floss around the contour of the facing tooth and repeat the process of sliding the floss up and down that tooth.
4. Using a clean section of floss, repeat step 3 around all your upper and lower teeth. Be sure to floss along the back side of all four molars at the back of your mouth.
5. When you finish flossing, rinse your mouth briskly with water to wash away the dislodged Surgical Extraction Of Wisdom Tooth plaque. This helps keep the plaque from immediately re-attaching itself to your teeth.
6. If any of the spaces between your teeth are too tight or rip the floss, you can release one end of the floss and pull it through from the other end, after flossing the contours of both teeth. If you have an area that is tight or that tears the floss, make a note to tell your dentist during your next visit.
7. Although you should floss all the way to and against the gum, flossing should not hurt or cause bleeding, unless you have not been flossing for some time. If you do experience any ongoing bleeding from flossing or brushing, call your dentist schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning and check up. Even mild bleeding from the gums can be a sign of gum disease, also called periodontal disease, which when treated early can usually be reversed. Regular cleaning by a dental hygienist is an important part of maintaining your dental health and keeping your teeth. Flossing should be done daily and cleaning by a dental hygienist should normally be done every six months.