Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month? It’s true! The same month that celebrates ghouls and candy is also the same month we need to pay attention to how we treat our teeth. One of the least favorite of these little dental chores is flossing. Not only did a survey conducted by the American Dental Association revealed that more adults would rather do something they find awful than floss, but the amount of times they floss is the biggest lie dentists hear on a day-to-day basis.
Flossing is merely the act of wrapping a piece of string around your teeth, one by one, in order to remove any bacteria and excess material stuck between each tooth. The process itself is relatively simple. Cut yourself a piece of floss about 18 inches long. Wrap both sides around your fingers until you have a good two inches separating either side. Pull it taut between your thumb and index finger and guide the floss in between each tooth. With a downward zigzag motion, slide the floss around each tooth in a curved motion, to gently scrub down all the space between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. Work from top to bottom or vice versa. Floss before you brush your teeth or after. You just want to get the cleanest mouth you possibly can each time you clean those pearly whites so that bacteria can’t glom onto your teeth and give you cavities or some other kind of gum disease while you aren’t looking. Preventative measures lead to fewer emergency dental visits.
For more information about flossing, call Dr. Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0200 or visit www.pbcperio.com.
Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Tequesta, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach and Singer Island and all surrounding areas.