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Flossing 101

Taking care of your gums is about so much more than having pretty teeth. Having healthy gums may help prevent pancreatic cancer. I thought it would be worthwhile to review good flossing technique.

  • You should floss daily. Keep floss in your purse or desk drawer as well as your medicine cabinet at home. Easy access to floss is key to getting the job done.
  • Guide the floss between your teeth and rub up and down the side of each tooth.
  • Gently slide the floss between the gum and the tooth, with the emphasis on the word gently. Ramming the floss up against the gum will only irritate it.
  • Use a fresh bit of floss for each tooth.
  • Don't forget to floss the backside of your last molar and to gently massage between the gum and tooth there as well.


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superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
I love flossing and feel like a mutant when I don't. I wasn't always that way..but when you start seeing plaque and crap burrow into your teeth, it's a jarring reminder to make this behavior a habit. Dentures aren't sexy yo.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
I have to floss. I do it everyday. Plus brush my teeth, use listerine, and chew sugar free polar ice Extra gum.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I have a habit of flossing, too. It's true -- it's difficult to miss a day once you have that habit. No matter how tired I get at night, I MUST floss. It's like an addiction. Also, my teeth doesn't feel clean unless I floss. A dentist once told me that he thinks flossing is more important than brushing. That's just his opinion.
queenegg queenegg 8 years
My Nanny is so addicted to flossing that she wants to buried with dental floss. It's way too cute.
emsmiley emsmiley 8 years
As I am in the middle of Root Canal #2 and just was informed that all 4 of my Wisdom teeth have cavities and the first root canal has a cavity I am getting my butt on track and flossing everyday. My biggest excuse was that my teeth are too tight and too close and that flossing hurts. As I learned a few months ago when i was more diligent, with time flossing doesn't hurt because your gums become used to the subtle invasion. I have officially learned my lesson.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's really funny - for years i never flossed - i was an avid toothbrusher but not a flosser and only recently (in the past couple years) have i started to do it more and more. it's funny though cause when i go to the dentist for my 6 month cleaning - they are always so rough on me, but at least they don't find as much plaque.
bythesea bythesea 8 years
summer2815- same with me! I can't stand traditional floss. The floss sticks make it SO much easier!
MrDPember MrDPember 8 years
I became addicted when I started using the floss sticks. I can never handle the string floss - too complicated for me. Now I can't miss a day!
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 8 years
Maybe I just have really disgusting plaque because I NEED to floss. I do think it's all genetics. My husband rarely flosses but I definitely have to.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
i'm so bad @ not flossing...that's why i use two different types of listerine when I brush...because I know I'm bad at forgetting!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
I need to floss more. I'm guilty of missing a day sometimes. :oops:
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 8 years
Once you get into the habit of flossing, it is unbearable to miss a day.
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