This post from Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin is for kids who want to make flossing their teeth a habit. Here are 5 flossing steps made so easy you can tick them off one finger at a time!
Thumbkin: Thumb to Chest Reminder
Thumb to chest can remind me that this isn’t for my friends. Brushing the goobers off so I don’t gross them out. Rinsing with a fluoride rinse for fresh breath as I speak. That is for friends. Flossing is for me, myself and I. I want Your overall oral health depends not only on healthy teeth but also healthy gums, therefore I floss.
Pointer: Pointer Fingers Measure
How much floss will I need to floss my 32 teeth? Experts agree that you commence with about 18 inches. Roughly 6 lengths of your pointer finger should suffice.
Tall Man: Wrap the Middle Fingers
This is a team exercise. With the middle fingers wound up in the floss, the thumb and forefinger can grip and guide the floss into place. After sliding the floss around the tooth into a “C” shape, and the up and down motions have wiped away plaque, then “unspool” for a new section for the next tooth in line.
Ring Man: The Smell Test
Many a long term relationship has been cut short due to not-so-fresh breath. Smell floss before going between teeth. Smell it after. Bad smell? Brushing is not cleaning away that bacteria well enough. Hurray for floss! This smell test says the brushing needs to be adjusted. Be gentle with your gums. Keep those locations at the base of your teeth bacteria-free.
Pinky: Time to Promise
Make the vow now. Every time you look at your pinky, remember that you pinky promised to keep those gums free from disease. Flossing isn’t so much about removing food as it is about removing dental plaque. Plaque leads to tooth decay and inflamed gums. Periodontal disease can eventually lead to tooth loss. Tooth neglect is a slippery slope.
At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, we stress the importance of brushing and flossing to all our patients. Our services include general dentistry. People from Leduc, Camrose, and Ponoka also see us for cosmetic dentistry smile improvement. Call for an appointment today!
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