Flossing for oral health…

Dr. Openshaw – Modesto CA

You can’t reach the tight spaces between your teeth or under your gumline with a toothbrush. That’s why daily flossing is important.

When you floss:

Don’t skimp. Break off about 18 inches (46 centimeters) of dental floss.

Wind most of the floss around the middle finger on one hand, and the rest around the middle finger on the other hand — leaving about 1 inch (3 centimeters) to floss your first tooth.

Take it one tooth at a time. Use your thumbs and forefingers to gently pull the floss from the gumline to the top of the tooth to scrape off plaque. Rub the floss against all sides of the tooth.

Unwind to fresh floss as you progress to the next tooth.

Keep it up. If you have trouble getting floss through your teeth, try the waxed variety.

If it’s hard to manipulate the floss, use a floss holder or an interdental cleaner — such as a dental pick or stick designed to clean between the teeth.

Don’t forget to keep your preventative visits with a registered dental hygeinist at least every 6 months. Call our office if you need an appointment. (209) 524-4763. Mention the blog for a special treat!

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dental/DE00003

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