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Flossing

 

Toothbrush and dental floss are the two main aids available to the modern man for maintaing good oral hygiene. It has been proved that only brushing is not adequate, as it fails to remove plaque and food debris present in-between adjacent teeth.This inter-dental area can be cleaned only by use of Dental Floss.
  Dental floss consists of a thread made up of multiple filaments and could be waxed or unwaxed. Your dentist can help you decide as to which type is more suited for you. Dental floss is inexpensive, readily available, and easy to use. It has proved to be an excellent tool in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease.

Here's How To floss: Take about 18 inches of floss and wind a good bit of it around the middle finger of one hand. Wind the rest of it around the middle finger of your other hand. Grasp the floss between the thumb and fore finger of each hand leaving an inch of floss in between your hands to work with . Pull the floss taut and using your thumb gently and carefully guide the floss between your teeth and under the gumline. Use a gentle sawing motion to insert the floss between the two teeth. When the floss reaches the tip of the triangluar gum flap, curve the floss into a c-shape against one of the teeth. Then slide the floss gently into the space between the tooth and the gum until you feel resistance. Holding the floss tightly against the tooth surface, scrape up and down and to and fro five to six times. Without removing the floss, curve it around the adjacent tooth and scrape that one too. Do this on all your natural teeth but avoid doing it on a bridge. Don't forget to floss the far sides of your rear teeth. When the floss becomes frayed or soiled, a turn of each middle finger brings out a fresh section of floss. Rinse vigorously with water after flossing.
With all of the wonders of modern man available to you there is no better way to clean the sides of your teeth than DENTAL FLOSS. Inexpensive, readily available and easy to use. A modern wonder, maybe not. But it is and has always been an excellent tool in the fight against dental decay and periodontal disease. There are many types of dental floss available in your local drugstore. Please speak with our hygienist regarding the best floss for your particular set of dental needs.

Flossing Problems
If you don't like manipulating floss, try one of the commercial floss holders. They have limited flexibility, however, and you must use them with care to avoid injuring the gums. You may have trouble working with the floss between certain teeth, or the floss may consistently break or tear in certain areas. Several causes are possible, including calculus buildup, or improperly installed fillings. Please let us know if this problem occurs. Flossing between bridges requires additional instruction and the use of floss threaders. Alternatives to floss includes interdental brushes and interdental stimulants. Please discuss these tools with your dentist or hygienist before using them. None of these are as good as floss in tight areas between teeth.

You don't have to floss all your teeth - only the ones you want to keep

 
 

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