Did you know? There is one health tip that takes less than one minute a day, costs pennies, and keeps you from winding up toothless.
It’s called Flossing Your Teeth!
Unlike a toothbrush, which cleans the tops and outer surfaces of the teeth and gums, floss is an interdental cleaner– it’s designed specifically to clean the tight spaces between the teeth and the gap between the base of the teeth and the gums. These are places that a toothbrush can’t reach.
Flossing helps prevent gum disease and cavities. The most important thing about flossing is to do it. Pick a time of day when you can devote an extra couple of minutes to your oral hygiene.
It even can reverse Gingivitis symptoms.
Ever floss your teeth and notice that your gums are bleeding uncontrollably?
Believe it or not, the more you floss, over time, the less bleeding will occur because the gum tissue will tighten and the inflammation will eventually subside. Inflammation of the gums, redness around the gum line and bleeding when flossing are all indications of gingivitis.
Excuse #1: I don’t know how to floss.
Flossing isn’t easy. But practice makes perfect. Here’s how the American Dental Association describes the process:
- Start with about 18 inches of floss. Wrap most of it around the middle finger of one hand, the rest around the other middle finger.
- Grasp the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers, and use a gentle shoeshine motion to guide it between teeth.
- When the floss reaches the gum line, form a C shape to follow the contours of the tooth.
- Hold the floss firmly against the tooth, and move the floss gently up and down.
- Repeat with the other tooth, and then repeat the entire process with the rest of your teeth, “unspooling” fresh sections of floss as you go along.
- Don’t forget to floss the backs of your last molars. Most gum disease and most decay occurs in the back teeth.