Flossing, is it really necessary?
Brushing daily is great. But if you don’t floss, too, you’re leaving 40% of your tooth surface untouched.
And if you floss but don’t use a long enough piece of string, you’re just pushing that plaque around your mouth from tooth to tooth. So start with an 18-inch piece of floss, and move to a fresh bit of string for each new tooth you clean.
Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and index fingers and gently curl the floss around the tooth edge, sliding up and down along the tooth surface. And be sure to go under the gumline.
What you don’t want is to make a back-and-forth sawing motion with the string. You’ll end up cutting your gums and allowing plaque and bacteria to build up between your teeth.
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