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Benefits of Flossing

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Flossing is it Effective?

Our Federal government has issued its dietary guidelines for the year of 2016, this removed the recommendation of flossing daily, mentioning a lack of research. This oral hygiene practice has been described as “very low” quality. But according to clinicians and dentist you may want to reconsider doing away with your dental floss if you’d like to maintain a bright smile.  As it happens, dentist can easily identify those patients who floss regularly and those who do not. As a result the federal governments decision to change its recommendations, came down to poor research as well several studies that tired to discount them for not being thorough enough.

Disadvantages of removing floss

Since oral health is key to the overall health of the entire body, as a whole system its vitally important, so is flossing! The health of our gums is due to the routine practice of flossing, therefore those who floss have less inflammation. Patient who do not regularly floss have overgrown and puffy gums, which causes their teeth to look shorter. Brushing your teeth on a daily basis is standard protocol to a healthy smile. While brushing will remove cells that contain disease causing bacteria from the chewing surfaces and on the front and back teeth, nothing can remove plaque that remains between your teeth and underneath your gums as effectively as flossing can.

Key Elements of proper flossing

If you wear braces or other dental appliances, proper flossing technique is especially important to avoid getting floss caught on wires or brackets. You can use special orthodontic floss, which has a stiff end that can be easily threaded under the main wire (also called the arch wire) on your braces.

  1. Wind: Wind 18 inches of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Pinch floss between thumbs and index fingers, leaving a one- to two-inch length in between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth.
  2. Guide: Keep a one- to two-inch length of floss taut between fingers. Use index fingers to guide floss between contacts of the lower teeth.
  3. Glide: Gently guide floss between the teeth by using a zig-zag motion. DO NOT SNAP FLOSS BETWEEN YOUR TEETH. Contour floss around the side of the tooth.
  4. Slide: Slide floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gum line. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.
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