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Floss Is Your Friend

May 25th, 2012


          It has been proven that a properly angled toothbrush used with short scrubbing motions can effectively remove bacterial plaque (a sticky film that can cover the teeth) from most of the tooth surfaces.  However, flossing is needed to clean those “between the teeth” surfaces and gum line areas where the toothbrush bristles don’t reach.  Quite often, tooth decay and gum disease start in these “hard to reach” areas, and therefore proper flossing should be part of your daily oral home care routine.

          Some practice is needed to become adept at flossing, so don’t feel discouraged if you find it difficult at first.  Once you become used to the technique that’s comfortable for you, full mouth flossing will become easy.  In the beginning, you may find that your gums become sore and may bleed easily.  This is normal, and the situation will soon improve as the flossing cleans out the plaque and starts to resolve the gum inflammation.

It is important to be gentle when inserting the floss between adjacent teeth and under the gum line, and to be thorough with your flossing technique.  If you have any questions or need any help in developing a flossing habit that will work for you, please consult with your dentist or dental hygienist.  A good home care routine should be a regular part of your day, as proper oral hygiene is crucial in the fight against tooth decay and gum

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