Today’s article is for smart folks who want to make flossing a habit. Here are some flossing steps made so easy you can tick them off one finger at a time thanks to Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington.
How much floss will I need to floss my teeth?
The American Dental Association says that you begin with about 18 inches. Wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Hold a small section of the floss tightly between your thumb and forefingers. As you floss, work the used floss onto the other finger, so that you are using clean floss as you move throughout your mouth.
Brush first or after flossing?
It’s up to you. Some dentists recommend to floss first because then you can brush away any particles that were removed. Others want you to brush first, because you’ll get some toothpaste between your teeth as you floss.
No matter what – make sure you rinse after you’re done. That gets that plaque out of your mouth and not down your stomach.
Make the commitment now to floss every day and to keep those gums free from disease. Flossing isn’t so much about removing food as it is about removing dental plaque. Plaque results in decay and inflamed gums.
Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington offers general and family dentistry. We also perform dental implants and teeth whitening, as well as many other cosmetic dentistry procedures. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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