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How Improved Flossing Techniques Can Help Improve Your Gum Disease Risk
Posted on 10/19/2020 by Todd Jorgenson
Flossing is an essential part of any oral hygiene routine. You should be flossing once a day to remove any food debris that may have collected between your teeth. The gaps in between teeth can be tight, which means some food may get stuck there and need a good floss to be removed. Flossing also prevents tooth decay from developing in between your teeth, one of the places it is most likely to emerge. How to Floss Properly Learning how to floss properly can make a big difference in how well you maintain your oral hygiene. Firstly, you want to wrap a sufficient amount of floss around both your middle fingers and then make it taunt by using your thumb on one hand, and your thumb and forefinger on the other. Using this method, you can create an effective force when flossing and easily access all teeth in your mouth. Rub the floss gently until it fits between the teeth, then rub it against one tooth at a time, going up and down to clean all of the tooth. Repeat this until you have cleaned all of the teeth. Why it Reduces Gum Disease Without flossing, plaque will build up between the teeth. Plaque hardens and develops into tartar, which is irremovable even with floss. Tartar has to be removed by a dentist. If this is not removed, it can develop into tooth decay or gum disease, as there will be a build-up of harmful bacteria. This is why you must make sure your flossing technique is effective, otherwise plaque will still build up between the teeth. You can still develop gum disease even if you floss, as your flossing may not be effective. To learn how to floss effectively, contact our office, and one of our oral professionals can teach you improved flossing technique.... Read more...