Nothing says good oral hygiene like brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. That said, however, there is an alarming number of Americans who do not floss regularly. Our periodontist Dr. J. Robert Friedberg wants to make his patients more aware of the relationship between cavities and flossing in Houston, TX. Here are some ways you can floss your way to better oral health.
Why Flossing Is So Important
Many of the foods and beverages you consume leave residue behind that leads to plaque, tartar, and bacteria buildup. The use of a good toothbrush can keep the surface of your teeth clean, but it is not a very good tool to use to keep the crevices in-between your teeth clean where food particles, tartar, plaque, and bacteria can hide and thrive.
How to Floss
Dental floss is one of the best tools of defense you have to protect your teeth from cavities. Cavities are notorious for developing on the sides of the teeth and near the gum line. To prevent damage to your teeth and gums, you should floss your teeth using the following steps:
- Use a piece of floss that is approximately 18-inches long or the length of your forearm.
- Wrap each end of the floss around your middle fingers. Leave just enough space so you can slip the floss in your mouth to clean in between your teeth.
- Pull the floss tautly with your index fingers and thumbs before sliding it in between your teeth.
- Floss slowly and carefully to avoid injuring the gums. Guide the floss gently by rubbing it up and down. Pay extra attention to the curves and the areas where your gums meet your teeth. Do not forget to floss the back of your teeth as well.
Make flossing a part of your regular dental hygienic routine to keep the cavities away.
To learn more about how flossing can improve your smile and to schedule your next dental examination, contact our dental practice for an appointment with Dr. Friedberg.
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