Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Song to Floss!

The people at the gramercy dental group 
are singing the praises of floss in this post.  Enjoy!

To Floss or Not To Floss? ...

I think we all know the answer is…To Floss! I love flossing and I want all my patients to love flossing too. Why? Because, believe it or not, flossing is known to be more effective than brushing when it comes to preventing tooth loss, cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease.

No, this is not permission to stop brushing, but here are the flossing facts:

1. Flossing removes old food and plaque (sticky film) between our teeth that the toothbrush just can’t reach.
2. If you don’t floss, you’re more likely to have plaque build-up, which can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease.
3. If gum disease goes untreated you could be at risk for not only losing your teeth but also heart disease and diabetes.
4. It’s best to floss after a meal to remove food particles before they turn into plaque.
5. If you don’t floss, plaque stays on your teeth and hardens into tartar. Tartar can form in a little over a day, and once it’s there, only a dentist or dental hygienist can remove it.
6. If you can only commit to flossing once a day, I tell my patients to get in the habit of doing it during their evening hygiene ritual. That way you’re removing all the bacteria from between your teeth before turning in for the night.
7. And, if nothing else here impressed upon you the importance of flossing…do it simply for your pride, your ego, your dating & kissing stats. Because NOT flossing leads to halitosis (bad breath) as we shared with you in one of our previous blogs. And who wants halitosis!!??

Flossing Made Easy

1. Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your index fingers. Now, wind the remaining floss around the index finger of your other hand.
2. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and index fingers.
3. Glide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion, make sure to not snap the floss into the gums.
4. When the floss reaches the gum line curve it into a “c” shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth and then rub the floss up and down. Then repeat on the adjacent tooth.
5. Remove the floss from between those two teeth. Unwrap a new section of floss from between your fingers and repeat until you have flossed between all of your teeth…including the backside of your last teeth.
We hoped this has helped you understand the importance of flossing and made you want to bring this healthy practice into your every day life. 
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