In all honesty, how many of us in central London cases truly say we know how to floss correctly? Flossing has come from nowhere to become one of the most important elements in oral hygiene today. Normal brushing has been around for years, but for all our best efforts to do it properly, it fails to get right in amongst those places that hold onto foodstuffs and breed bacteria. Floss can- getting between the teeth and in and around the gums. If you take a look at what’s available, there is a heck of a lot of choices in the shops these days, from tapes to threads, to some holders that have the floss strung between two small prongs. It’s a matter of ‘try it and see’ to get the one that suits you and when you do, it’s then down to your technique and this may take a little while to master too. Try asking your dentist if you are unsure, but it’s basically down to working the floss gently between your teeth. This is done by wrapping a length between the middle fingers of each hand and then once it is between the teeth, you can use your thumbs and index finger to direct it around the teeth and into the gums. When you’re ready to move onto the next tooth, you simply use a fresh piece of floss and so on and so on. You may like to develop a system, top teeth first and then the bottom. But importantly, crack the technique and get into a daily routine (maybe whilst watching the television), and you will be giving your teeth the best chance in life to be with you until the end.
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