Flossing is probably the biggest habit that everyone knows they should do, but seldom follow through. However, if you don’t floss there’s a much higher chance of suffering from tooth decay, gingivitis and many other health complications.
Food gets stuck between our teeth and that causes plaque build-up. If left alone for only 24 hours, plaque can harden into tartar which can only be removed by a dentist. Flossing is the answer to this problem.
Flossing isn’t as horrible or difficult as it seems. Yes, your gums will probably bleed after flossing if you haven’t done it for a while, but over time they’ll toughen up. If you floss daily for a couple weeks and your gums are still bleeding, you should see your dentist to make sure there aren’t other issues.
To floss, simply grip a good length of floss (20 inches is plenty) and wrap the ends around your fingers leaving a 1-2 inch gap. Slid the floss up and down around each tooth and under the gums, but it’s not necessary to “shoe-shine” it. The type of floss you use doesn’t really matter, and there are different threaders and picks available that make it even easier.
Remember to visit your dentist twice a year!
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