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How to Floss Your Teeth

flossing.JPGThere’s an old joke dentists like to tell: “Good news! You don’t have to floss all your teeth—just the ones you want to keep!”

To many people, flossing is an annoyance they would prefer to avoid. But the fact is, once you get passed the “cavity-prone” years of childhood and adolescence, flossing is perhaps even more critical to dental health than daily brushing. Flossing not only dislodges irritating bits of food from between teeth, it also removes bacteria-ridden plaque near the gum line, thus helping to prevent gingivitis (gum infection), gum recession and tooth loss. Oh, and it also helps fight bad breath.

Effective flossing is actually quite simple. Here’s how it’s done:

Choose the right kind of floss. While easy to find and inexpensive, nylon floss (waxed or unwaxed) is composed of numerous fibers and may therefore shred when caught in tight spaces between teeth. Monofilament floss (PTFE) is a bit more expensive, but slides more easily between teeth and won’t shred. People with chronic plaque build-up may also find more benefit in the wider “Dento-Tape” than in conventional string-like floss.

Snap off about 18 inches of floss. Wrap the ends tightly around the middle fingers of each hand, leaving about 1 to 2 inches to work with between them.

Holding the floss tightly with the thumbs, carefully slide the floss between each pair of teeth using a smooth zig-zag motion. Do NOT try to jam or snap the floss between teeth as this can cut or otherwise injure your gums.

Wrap the floss around the edges of one tooth and then slide it up and down, making sure to get all the way down to the gum line. Then wrap the floss around the opposite tooth and do the same thing.

Move all around the mouth, using the floss to scrape the surface of each tooth down to the gum line. Don’t forget to floss the backs of your deepest molars as well.

When done, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. Used floss should be disposed of in a waste basket, not the toilet.

Floss at least once or twice per day, especially before bedtime.

Turning flossing into a habit can lead to a lifetime of good dental health.

Dental Assisting Training Courses Offered at Everest College

Interested in a career in the dental field? Everest College is one of America’s leading providers of dental assisting training.

Because Everest has dozens of urban campuses conveniently located throughout the United States, men and women interested in pursuing this exciting and rewarding career can likely find a campus conveniently close to their home or work. Everest’s Career Placement teams work to prepare each graduate for their job search and interface directly with major health care employers to help fill new job openings. All Everest campuses also provide financial aid services for those who qualify.

People interested in training in dental assisting should contact Everest today for information on class schedules.

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