When it comes to preventing tooth decay, when it comes to stopping gum disease in its ugly, bloody, swollen tracks, doctors agree on one thing – you've got to floss and you've got to do it consistently and in the right manner.

Now, flossing may seem like a simple thing, and really it is. Yet lots of people ignore easy but critical tasks in favor of difficult but trivial ones. It's easy, to be sure, to floss three times a day, but who actually does it? Do you? I sure do not. You forget, you're in a hurry, etc. But again, dentists from all over the place are saying that flossing regularly and properly may be the most important habit you ever develop when it comes to the health of your teeth.

How does one floss properly? Proper flossing means flossing, like brushing, at least twice a day, once when you woke and once before dreamland. Why when you waken, even though you have not been eating beef jerky in your sleep? Well, when you floss properly you're looking for more than just large, obvious chunks of food. Bacteria build quite quickly in the mouth, and that stuff needs to be flushed away too. The mouth is quite a strange area, quite alien and gross. It's this warm, wet, humid place, always shut away from the air and always dark, and always receiving new things into it that its special conditions rot immediately. Thus the importance of proper flossing. Proper flossing means that you get a good, strong, comfortable dental floss right away. Some people prefer the fine hard dental floss that's been around for a while and that's most likely sitting in your bathroom cupboard right now. Others prefer more recent developments, such as sponge-like strands that narrow when … Read the rest

We all want the perfect smile. Your smile says a lot about you. And so do your teeth. And so we do our best to take great care of our teeth. We brush twice a day. We use mouthwash to keep bacteria from forming on our gums. We even try to monitor our diet so that it will be "tooth friendly" and we do not eat too much sugary when we're unable to brush our teeth afterwards. But no matter how hard we brush our teeth- no matter how hard the bristles of our toothbrush are or how aggressive and dense we are, tooth brushing alone will not clean between our teeth. Flossing is an essential part of proper dental hygiene. But how to do it? Maybe you've had bad experiences flossing and caused your gums to bleed. Maybe you never find anything between your teeth so you think it's pointless. Well you're wrong. It's not pointless. It's important! And so let's discuss some of the proper techniques behind flossing properly.

Some dentists have suggested that if you were to toss our toothbrush and floss properly, once or twice every day, you would achieve better dental health than brushing alone three, five or eight times a day. Learning the proper ways to floss takes time and patience. Some dentists will show you how to floss at your biannual check-up. Some dentists charge for flossing lessons. But you will find that it will be the best dental health expense you ever pay.

Your choice of dental floss is a largely a personal one. There are two major options: waxed or weaved floss. Lightly waxed floss works for most people. But if you find that the floss shreds between your teeth, you may want to try a more waxed floss or weaved … Read the rest

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