As we finish up Thanksgiving and prepare for the rest of the holiday festivities, we know that busy is just an understatement to what our schedule will turn out to be as we balance our day-to-day lives and our social schedules. One thing we need to realize is that we need to maintain our health in order to be able to celebrate these festive times with our loved ones. And this first line of defense against most health issues is our mouth, so it is imperative that we take the time to follow our dental routines every day. And that includes flossing.
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 to prevent 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 dental hygiene, call Dr. Lee Cohen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at 561-691-0020 or visit www.pbcperio.com.
Dr. Cohen proudly accepts patients from Palm Beach Gardens and all surrounding areas.