The secret to flossing

Not only is it important to brush your teeth daily, it’s also crucial to floss daily because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Flossing is a crucial defence against the build-up of plaque and food particles in areas that cannot easily be reached with a toothbrush.

The video below, produced by Colgate, demonstrates the correct flossing technique.

Obtain 18 inches of dental floss (this can be purchased from the supermarket or pharmacy)
Wrap it around your index fingers leaving two to four inches between your hands
Hold the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers
Gently slide the floss between your teeth (never force the floss or move it roughly)
Slowly move the floss up and down – gliding along the side of each tooth
Curve the floss around the base of each tooth – making sure you dip beneath the gum line
As you move from tooth to tooth use clean sections of floss
Continue flossing until you have cleaned between all of your teeth
Rinse your mouth with mouth wash or a glass of water
Smile at yourself in the mirror 🙂

For more information on how to keep your teeth healthy, contact your local dentist. If you’re looking for a dentist in Melbourne CBD, call Melbourne Central Dental on (03) 8608 8968.

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Created: 06 November 2014