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Why Your Dentist Loves Dental Floss, and Why You Should, Too!

When I go to the dentist for my twice-yearly cleaning, I always end up hearing the same thing from him. “You only need to floss the ones that you want to keep,”

I guess it’s the running joke of the industry, and everyone uses it.

“You only need to floss the ones that you want to keep,” Nevertheless, the remark does contain something that should not be overlooked.

You have to understand that I’m the type of man who genuinely enjoys flossing his teeth.

In the drive, at home watching television, and of course every evening after a good and thorough brushing.


If you don’t enjoy using dental floss, you probably aren’t aware of how crucial it is to maintain good oral hygiene or how wonderful it is for the sensation it gives your teeth. Both of these benefits come from using dental floss.

Imagine your teeth to be a series of boxes piled one on top of the other. While two sides are pitted against one another, two sides are on display. Just think about how much more thoroughly a tooth brush can clean the two surfaces of your teeth that are in contact with one another. Not much, right?

To remove plaque from the inner surface of your teeth and between your teeth, brushing your teeth alone is just insufficient.

The interproximal areas, often known as the spaces between your teeth, and the areas below the gum line are two places that the toothbrush simply cannot reach. As a result, old food particles become lodged in these areas, creating the ideal conditions for the creation of plaque.

These are the areas that are most susceptible to the development of cavities.

Once plaque hardens, it needs removed at that regular visit to the dentist I was telling you about above. If you floss your teeth every day, however, you may remove plaque from between your teeth before it has a chance to completely solidify. This will not only help your teeth look and feel better, but it will also eliminate a significant source of foul smell.

Please do not interrupt……

The use of dental floss and the act of flossing then come into play. The appearance of dental floss is not dissimilar to that of thread, and its composition is often that of an inorganic material such as nylon.

In addition to being waxed, non-waxed, flat, round, textured, containing baking soda, containing fluoride, and even coming with its own dental floss holders, dental floss is available in a broad variety of forms and sizes. You can get these things in drugstores, grocery stores, or shops that specialize in medical supplies and equipment.

So when flossing, select one that you prefer. Personally, I enjoy waxed with a hint of peppermint the most. The simplicity of use combined with the refreshing flavor of mint is hard to surpass. Anyway…. The floss for your teeth often is sold on a roll and packaged in a plastic container. Take a couple of feet of floss and pull it off the roll. Hey, it’s not expensive and it makes the task a lot simpler to complete.

After that, wrap one end around your index finger a few times until it is secure. The key is to coil it around your finger a sufficient number of times so that you can pull on the long end without it falling off your finger.

Now hold the long end, wrap it once or twice around your other index finger leaving around 1-2 inches of floss between both fingers and prepare for a great experience.

Simply open your mouth, place one finger on the length of floss that is between one and two inches long, and then push it between two teeth. When you are just getting started, you can utilize any teeth that you are able to reach comfortably.

Now that the floss is lodged between your teeth, you should use it like a miniature toothbrush and gently draw it against one tooth while moving it up and down between the teeth. Repeat this process for the opposite tooth surface.

At long last, remove the piece of dental floss from in between those two teeth.

As the floss works its way out from between the teeth, you should sense a little pulling sensation followed by a snapping sound. When there is a significant buildup of plaque, this snap may occasionally release little particles of something that looks like white gunk. This is to the benefit.

Next, wrap another two lengths of floss around your index finger, grab the long end again with another inch or two of new dental floss and you’re ready for the next teeth. Repeat the process with the next set of two teeth until you have thoroughly cleaned between all of your teeth. myself, I can do multiple teeth before I need to “freshen” my floss. Flossing eliminates the necessity for using chemical breath fresheners because it leaves your mouth feeling clean and fresh after use.

Flossing on its own will not cause bleeding in either your mouth or gums if it is done correctly and you have healthy teeth and gums. However, if you push the floss into your gums too firmly by accident, you may end up causing bleeding. However, there is no need to be concerned because a speedy washing with ice water will typically rectify the situation.

One last cautionary note to provide. Flossing has the potential to be addicting.

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