Why is Flossing Important?
Did you know that if you don’t floss you’re missing 40% of your tooth’s surface?
Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush just can’t reach like in between your teeth and under the gum line. Excessive plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay (cavities) and gum disease which is why flossing daily is highly recommended.
Gum disease is an inflammatory disorder that can contribute to major problems throughout the body. Recent studies suggest links between advanced gum disease and diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and stomach cancer, though more research is needed.
Just flossing properly once a day can greatly decrease your chances of gum disease.
So…how do you floss properly?
Keep reading to find out!
Proper Flossing Technique
According to the ADA (American Dental Association) the proper way to floss is as follows:
- Use about 18 inches of floss wound around one of your middle fingers, with the rest wound around the opposite middle finger.
- Hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers and gently insert it between the teeth.
- Curve the floss into a “C” shape against the side of the tooth.
- Rub the floss gently up and down, keeping it pressed against the tooth. Don’t jerk or snap the floss.
- Floss all your teeth. Don’t forget to floss behind your back teeth.
Your Dental Health
When it comes to your health, trust in the dentists at Dental Made Easy. Dental Made Easy has the best dental practices in New York City and we are open on Sundays as well as late evenings. All of our dental offices are opened and accepting new patients at this time. We are rated among the top dental practices in New York, NY with numerous 5 star reviews on Google, Yelp and Facebook. For a teeth cleaning or exam, we recommend calling or booking an appointment online with one of our talented dental professionals. All new patients may also take advantage of our $149 Cleaning Special that includes an exam and x-rays or our Free Dental Implant Consultation Special.
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