Today’s post is for smart kids who want to make flossing a habit. Here are 5 flossing steps made so easy you can tick them off one finger at a time thanks to Cornertown Dentistry, on the web at http://mydentistblog.com/.
Thumbkin: Thumb to Chest Reminder
Thumb to chest can remind me that this isn’t for my friends. Brushing the goobers off so I don’t gross them out. Rinsing with a fluoride rinse for fresh breath as I speak. That is for friends. Flossing is for me, myself and I. I want Your overall oral health depends not only on healthy teeth but also healthy gums, therefore I floss.
Pointer: Pointer Fingers Measure
How much floss will I need to floss my 32 teeth? The American Dental Association counsels that you begin with about 18 inches. Roughly 6 lengths of your pointer finger should suffice.
Tall Man: Wrap the Middle Fingers
This is a team exercise. With the middle fingers wound up in the floss, the thumb and forefinger can grip and guide the floss into place. After wrapping the floss around the tooth into a “C” shape, and the up and down motions have wiped away plaque, then “unspool” for a new section for the next tooth in line.
Ring Man: The Smell Test
Many a long term relationship has been cut short due to not-so-fresh breath. Smell floss before going between teeth. Smell it after. Bad smell? Brushing is not cleaning away that bacteria thoroughly enough. Hurray for floss! This smell test says the brushing needs to be adjusted. Be gentle with your gums. Keep those spots at the base of your teeth bacteria free.
Pinky: Time to Promise
Make the vow now. Every time you look at your pinky, remember that you pinky promised to keep those gums free from disease. Flossing isn’t so much about removing food as it is about removing dental plaque. Plaque causes cavities and inflamed gums. Periodontal disease can eventually result in tooth loss. Tooth neglect is a slippery slope.
I’m Doctor Larry Johnson at Cornertown Dentistry. I encourage you to take care of your oral health needs for a happier, healthier life.
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