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Best Cosmetic Dentist Alabama Spanish Fort

Dental or Water Flossing

 

 

There is an old jingle that says “You are what you eat from your head down to your feet.”  It really doesn’t matter if your snack choice is fresh fruit, veggies, or sugary sweets!  At some point, food will get stuck in those teeth of yours!  Our reaction is to brush to rid your teeth of the food, but you should always remember that flossing will help, too!  If you aren’t a traditional flosser, water flossing may do the trick as well! 

Traditional Flossing

Flossing what invented to remove food particles and plaque from in between the teeth-the place where a toothbrush can’t reach!  Tooth decay and gum disease can develop when the plaque isn’t removed properly from the teeth.  If you are going to take the time to floss every day, you need to make sure you are flossing correctly. 

Step one, tear off a piece of floss around 18 inches in length.  Wrap the majority of it around each middle finger, only a couple of inches should be free to use for flossing.  Best Cosmetic Dentist Alabama Spanish Fort

Step two, use your index fingers and thumbs to hold the floss tight.  Slide the floss up and down between each tooth.  Don’t force the floss, and curve it around the base of each tooth.  Work the floss around your fingers, a clean section should be used to clean each tooth.  Use the same motion, up and down sliding even when removing the floss from between the teeth. 

Water Flossing

Water flossing is another way to help clean the teeth.  It is very different from traditional flossing.  According to the ADA (American Dental Association) using water flossing incorporates a hand-held device that can remove food from between the teeth using a steady water stream.  It is a substitute for traditional flossing, especially for those who have difficulty holding or using string floss and dental work (like braces).  Best Cosmetic Dentist Alabama Spanish Fort

 

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