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manhattan dentistIn our Manhattan dentist office, we can show you how to floss correctly so that you can get the most benefit from your efforts.  We understand that many people don't enjoy flossing, and it can be a chore to remember to do it.  Even so, it is incredibly important to floss your teeth because if you don't you can suffer from a variety of symptoms including severe bad breath, cavities, and gum disease. Given that the majority of U.S. adults suffer from some form of gum disease in their lifetime, it is reasonable to propose that regular and proper flossing may decrease these occurrences.

In spite of the risk factors, many people simply don't like to floss.  You can make it easier by carrying disposable flossing tools.  They are easy to carry and easy to hold, making them an ideal solution for those that simply don't enjoy flossing.  Remember that when you do floss, it is important to do so correctly.  Otherwise, you may miss out on the health benefits of doing so in the first place.

Here is what you should know:

  • Be gentle.  When placing the floss in between your teeth, wiggle it in gently so as, not to irritate your gum tissue.  Move the floss back and forth while carefully moving down towards the gum line. 
  • Buy the right kind.  Floss comes in different thicknesses, and it is important to select the right type.  If you have space in between your teeth, you may want a thicker floss, where those with perfectly straight teeth should buy thin floss in order to avoid irritation.  As a Manhattan dentist, we can give you a specific recommendation during your dental examination.
  • Use enough.  A lot of people make the mistake of using the same piece of floss to clean in between different teeth.  You should pull enough floss so that the same section is never used more than one time.  
  • Flavors. If you don't enjoy flossing, try using a flavor like cinnamon.  This subtle change may help the experience to be more pleasant. 
  • Floss by your gums. Many people make the mistake of only flossing in between their teeth instead of going all the way down to the gums.  Make sure that you floss in between the gums and your teeth and do so gently.  It is important to remove plaque and food from the area around your gums since leaving it there can lead to gum disease.
  • Rinse your mouth.  Once you are done flossing, be sure to rinse your mouth and if possible do so using an antiseptic mouthwash.  This will help to kill any lingering bacteria. 

In our Manhattan dentist office, we can show you how to floss correctly if you are unsure of whether or not you are getting to everything around the gums.  While this may seem like a simple task, doing it correctly can help to prevent gum disease, bone loss, and even tooth loss, making it essential for your oral health.  You can even make it easier by purchasing flossing tools that you can carry with you to use after eating lunch or on the go.



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