WHY SHOULD I WANT TO FLOSS?

About 30% of your teeth surface face each other.  These are very close spaces (in between your teeth) where bacteria and food collect. If this is not cleaned on the daily basis the food ferments and bacteria feed from it.  Combine that with the minerals from the saliva, and over a period of 24-72 hours we get an acidic, gritty and doughy mixture. Why clean this? This produces cavities, tartar under the gum as it builds up, and can produce bad breath.

If you don’t have time to do it at night before you go to bed, grab a “floss pick” and put it in your pocket or purse. During the day you can use it whenever you remember. The goal is to minimize the food and bacteria in your mouth and not to let them damage your oral health.

Use it in an up and down motion to clean the walls in between your teeth and down the gum line. If you are not used to flossing, try it 2 times a week. If you already do it more times move up to 6-7 times a week. These floss picks will make your life a lot easier!

Remember: Floss only the teeth you want to keep. Ignore the other ones, they’ll go away….  ;)

Author
Alamo Dentist Aminda Modrell

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