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The Right Way to Floss Your Teeth


Posted on 4/12/2021 by Thomas Mahar
The Right Way to Floss Your TeethYour dental hygiene sings hallelujah every time you floss. You can exactly brush after every meal, especially when you are at a party or dinner meeting. However, you can pop into the bathroom and give your teeth a quick flossing.

Your oral cavity is the ideal environment for bacterial. When food is consumed, some of the particles get left behind that form plaque. It slowly accumulates in the spaces between your teeth and transforms into a hard deposit called tartar, which is hard to remove. Before it comes to that, you can remove plaque from the equation entirely. The thin string of floss easily reaches all the nook and crannies and does better cleaning, which you can't achieve with brushing. This is why Dr. Mahar and Thomas F. Mahar, DDS at Mahar Dental recommend that you floss and brush regularly to maintain your oral hygiene.

Steps on How to Floss Your Teeth


•  Pull the floss out from the roll and wind each end around your middle fingers. Depending on how flexible your jaw is, break off at least 18 inches of the string
•  Grip the floss tightly using your forefingers and thumbs
•  Gently insert the floss between the gap in your teeth and start with a gentle rubbing motion
•  Curve the floss around your teeth, forming a C and slide it up and down, and back and forth between the tooth and gum
•  Repeat this process on the sides and back

When Should You Start Flossing


Flossing is recommended as soon as a kid's milk teeth are replaced by permanent dentition. The ideal age is 12 years. However, you should seek expert advice in this matter.

At Mahar Dental, Dr. Mahar and Thomas F. Mahar, DDS urge parents to start their kids on interproxa brushes. They are a great substitute and easy on the teeth.

Children pick up habits from their parents, which is why you must start a tradition of brushing and flossing. Visit Mahar Dental to get your kid's oral hygiene sorted out. For booking, call us at (315) 766-2770 today.


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