Imagine if you had a nearly foolproof way to prevent disease of the support of your teeth (gum disease). Imagine if you can also prevent cavities in between your teeth by a preventive technique that will not only prevent damage to your teeth but also assure that your teeth will stay in your mouth for your lifetime. Imagine if this technique will also help you prevent bad breath and prevent a great deal of bacteria from gaining access to your blood stream and lodging in your systemic organs.
Wait! It gets better! What if this preventive technique costs just about 2 dollars per month, takes a minimum of effort on your part and can save you thousands of dollars in cost of repairing and/ or replacing your teeth?
What is this magic technique? It is F-L-O-S-S. By spending two minutes per day using floss to clean in-between your teeth, you can accomplish all of the above!
What type of floss should you use?
Most novice flossers will find waxed floss easiest to use because it slides well between the teeth and is less likely to shred. The floss holders and floss picks are good for people who lack or have lost the dexterity needed to use the floss conventionally and might also be helpful when a caregiver would floss someone else’s teeth.
What is the proper way to floss?
To use floss effectively, take an 18-inch piece of floss and hold it with your thumbs and index fingers. Then gently saw it between the teeth and keep it wrapped around the tooth like a letter “C”. Make sure that the floss gets all the way down between the gum tissue and the tooth and then while keeping it wrapped around the tooth pull it up and down.
Floss should be used anytime there are two teeth that touch each other. In fact, parents should start flossing their children’s teeth as soon as two teeth abut.