Did you Floss Today?
Floss With Finesse: 5 Flossing Tips
It may look like a simple piece of string, but dental floss is so much more! It’s a proven
ally in maintaining healthy teeth and gums and helps give your overall health a boost.
Do you floss daily? What techniques help you get the most out of your flossing
experience, without injury to your gums?
Dr. James C. Burden, a dentist in Millstone Township, New Jersey,
has complied a checklist to see if
your flossing habits are up‐to‐par with the standard your smile deserves.
The Flossing Dilemma Statistics
Studies reveal that only 50.5% of Americans follow the recommendation from the American Dental Association
(ADA) to floss every day. Some 31 percent report flossing less than daily, and a
whopping 18% say they never floss. Yikes!
Why You Should Floss
Although brushing is an important part of cleaning your teeth, there are areas between
your pearly whites that your toothbrush bristles simply can’t reach. Left to linger in these
hidden areas, bacteria can flourish. This leads to the formation of plaque, tooth decay,
and gum disease.
That’s why daily flossing is imperative. It does more than just remove food debris stuck
between your teeth. It also removes the plaque that brushing left behind. If you really
want to do what’s best for your smile, it’s time to put an end to excuses. Floss your teeth
every day, not just before you visit
How to Floss Correctly
If you’re going to take the time to floss, it makes sense to do it the right way. Here are
some simple yet important steps to follow according to the American Dental
1. Use about 18 inches of floss wound around your middle finger, with the rest wound
around the opposite middle finger.
2. Pinch the floss tightly between thumbs and forefingers and gently insert it between
your teeth, using a gentle shoeshine motion.
3. When the floss reaches the gum line, curve the floss into a “C” shape against the side
of the tooth.
4. Rub the floss gently up and down, keeping it pressed against the tooth. Don’t jerk or
snap the floss.
5. Floss all your teeth, using extra pieces of floss if necessary. Don’t forget to floss
behind your back teeth! By far the most gum disease and tooth decay occur in these
back regions of the mouth.
If you need some help remembering these steps, simply click here
for a downloadable diagram version of the ADA flossing guidelines.
Ready. Set. Floss!
It does take time to floss correctly, but those 3‐5 minutes per day are well worth the
effort. Along with diligent brushing and faithful flossing, make regular visits to your
dental professionals a part of your oral health routine. Make your appointment with
Dr. Burden at New Paradigm Dentistry today to show off your fabulous flossing