Flossing is performed not only to clear food from in between teeth, but most significantly to remove plaque. Flossing is important to incorporate into your daily oral care routine to aid in preventing inflammation of the gums and dental decay.
Interestingly, flossing is said to be the most difficult personal grooming activity. In a recent survey published by the American Academy of Periodontology, 36% of Americans over the age of 30 said they’d rather clean a toilet than floss.
There are numerous of excuses people give for their reasons why they decide to not floss. Such as, “I don’t know how to floss”. The American Dental Association gives these tips for flossing right:
- Use 18 inches of floss. Wrap most of it around the middle finger of one hand, the rest around your other middle finger.
- Grasp the string tightly between your thumb and forefinger, and use a rubbing motion to guide it between teeth.
- When the floss reaches the gum line, form a C to follow the shape of the tooth.
- Hold the strand firmly against the tooth, and move it gently up and down.
- Repeat with the other tooth, and then repeat the entire process with the rest of your teeth.
- Use fresh sections of floss as you go.
No matter the technique, the most important thing is that you commit to completing the task. About 27% of Americans lie to their dentists about how often they floss. So be proactive!
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