Are You Flossing Correctly?

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One of the easiest things to use in your house has to be dental floss. It’s a no-brainer. You pull some floss out of the box, run it between your teeth and presto! Good for another day, right?

Well, not quite. Yes, technically we are talking about a piece of string, which isn’t that hard to operate. But there is a technique involved, and as our dentist, Dr. John H. Koot will tell you, the sooner you learn it, the better off you, and your teeth will be. With that in mind, find that dental floss in your medicine cabinet or drawer, and let’s get flossing.

Start off with 18 inches of floss. Don’t worry; you will be using all of it. Wrap the majority of it around your middle fingers, and hold around two inches between your thumb and your forefingers. Floss your top teeth first, and then your bottom teeth. Start at the back with your molars and floss your way forward. You want to floss below and then away from your gum line. Use a fresh section of floss for each tooth, and throw away the floss when you are done – don’t reuse it. If you don’t, you will just spreading food debris around your mouth.

Do you need a little help in the flossing department? Is it about time for your checkup? We would love to help you out. To make an appointment to see the dentist in Las Vegas, Nevada, call 702-736-6381 today to plan your visit to John H Koot DMD LTD.