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Flossing Mistakes You Don't Want To Make

If dentists had to choose between packing a toothbrush or floss on a vacation, they’d probably go for the floss. Flossing removes bacteria from between teeth and below the gumline, where you’re most likely to get a cavity or gum disease. 

Flossing needs to be a daily ritual. We all miss the odd day, but tartar can form in as little as two days! You need to count ten short, rapid, up-and-down strokes on each tooth. That’s a couple of seconds per tooth, and with 28 teeth, you should be spending at least two minutes per flossing session. The gumline is an important area to clean, and floss should be moved all the way under the gum.

Flossing is not just about removing food particles, it’s about scraping off that film of bacteria that is between your teeth: plaque. Scrape the tooth clean of that film. Removing plaque is tougher tan you might think. Firmly press the floss against the tooth surface and move it up and down. If you’re doing it right, you should hear a squeaking sound.

Don’t just pop the floss in the space between your teeth – each one demands attention! Push against one tooth and pull against the other, covering the whole surface area between the teeth. Mastering your flossing technique means safeguarding your teeth and gums for lifetime.

For more information regarding proper dental hygiene, or to book a consulation with a Winnipeg dentist, contact our Winnipeg Dental Clinic.


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