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Sunday, July 6, 2014

How To Be An Expert At Flossing!

Flossing is one of those must-dos that everyone needs to include in their daily dental hygiene. But did you know there is a right and wrong way to floss? Did you know that flossing incorrectly can actually harm your teeth and gums?

First, get the right kind of dental floss

The first step in correct flossing is to have the right product. Flosses are made from either nylon or PTFE, which is a synthetic material. Both do the job. However, since nylon floss is made of multiple layers of nylon, it can shed and get stuck between your teeth. PTFE, which is the same material found in Teflon-coated cookware, slides more easily without shedding.

How to floss correctly

Yes, there is a right and wrong way to floss. Two things you should never do is snap or force the floss between the teeth, and use the same section of floss over and over. Forcing the floss can damage gums, and re-using the same section of floss will put the plaque right back on your teeth.

The correct method is to gently slide the floss between the teeth and floss not only between the teeth but at the gum line. Be sure to keep the floss moving so you are using a fresh section for each tooth. Flossing correctly doesn't take more than a couple minutes a day and will keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
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