Is flossing worth the effort?
Flossing is vital to help maintain good oral health. It removes food debris and plaque that builds up in between teeth that tooth brushing alone cannot remove effectively. Even with regular brushing, you are only reaching 60% of your tooth surface as the brush does not clean in between your teeth. If you do not floss in addition to brushing, you are more likely to get gum disease, bad breath and tooth decay, as well as decrease the life of any restorations such as fillings you may have. There are many types of floss or tape but usually the waxed type are much easier to use. And it is easy!
Break off about 18 inches of floss, and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the other hand. As you use the floss, you will take up the used section with this finger.
Hold the floss tightly between your thumb and forefingers, with about an inch of floss between them, leaving no slack. Use a gentle ‘rocking’ motion to guide the floss between your teeth. Do not jerk the floss or snap the floss into the gums. When the floss reaches the gumline, curve it into a C-shape against one tooth until you feel resistance.
Hold the floss against the tooth. Gently scrape the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum. Repeat on the other side of the gap, along the side of the next tooth. And don’t forget the back of your last tooth. When you consider that research suggests a few minutes spent flossing daily is believed to increase life expectancy by seven years – that in itself is worth the bother, don’t you think?
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