How to save your teeth using one simple method.
A very simple, effective and cheap option to protect your teeth and gums from decay and loss in floss!
Flossing teeth correctly does two things. First, it removes food that has been trapped between your teeth. And second flossing removes the film of bacteria that could otherwise turn into plaque.
The problem with just brushing is that the bristles on your toothbrush cannot clean between these tight spaces and leaves food and bacteria.
Plaque is known to harden into tartar, which can only be removed through professional cleaning at the dentist office. And, tartar leads to gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease.
Something as simple as flossing each day is essential to healthy teeth and gums.
Floss is simply a manufactured product of nylon or plastic often with a flavoring like mint to make it more pleasant to use.
Sometimes floss is waxed – but it makes no difference to your teeth whether the floss is waxed or not – it is just what you prefer.
Any tool that removes the material between your teeth is helpful whether it is small brushes, wooden or plastic picks, or even water flossers. As long as these products are used correctly, and often enough, they should help keep those spaces cleaner, and help prevent problems.
Floss is designed to be used with toothbrushes. Obviously you are not going to be able to clean all areas of your teeth with just floss!
Be sure the product you are using does no harm to your gums. If you have not used floss, you will find your gums might be sore – and even bleed mildly – when you begin. This is normal and should clear up quickly as the gums become familiar with the floss. The idea is to use the floss to remove material that is trying to attach itself to the gums, so there might be some tenderness when you first begin to do this.
Most dentists recommend flossing daily (usually in the evening so you sleep with clean teeth!) and brushing twice daily.
You can brush first and then floss – but some feel it is better to floss first then brush to help remove the material loosened during flossing. As long as you do it!
So for an easy, inexpensive and quick way to help save teeth and gums – use floss daily!
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