Your smile is very important to the your first impression and overall self image. The appearance and condition of your teeth can enhance or detract from it. A beautiful, white toothed smile always exemplifies your facial features like an exclamation point. Dingy, uncared for teeth, eludes to poor hygiene and detracts from your otherwise nice features.
Denis F. Kinane, professor of pathology and periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Dental Medicine, answers a few questions about flossing in a recent Wall Street Journal Health and Wellness Article :
“Is it better to floss first or brush first?
The typical regime would be brushing, flossing and rinsing. Flossing cleans out places where the toothbrush can’t reach. But if you were on a desert island and could only bring one dental-health item, choose a toothbrush.
What about morning versus evening?
Your teeth are typically covered in microbial plaque, or biofilm, which is understood to be linked to every disease caused by infection, from strep and on.”
“How do I floss my teeth?
- Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the opposite hand. This finger will take up the floss as it becomes dirty. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
- Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. Never snap the floss into the gums.
- When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
- Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up and down motions.
- Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth.
- Don’t forget the back side of your last tooth. “
I’m a fan of night time flossing, which gives your mouth many hours after brushing and flossing to better prevent gum disease. Part of my dietary lifestyle includes an early, light dinner, followed by brushing and flossing my teeth. It signals to my brain that the “kitchen” is closed – no snacking before bed, drinking water only.
If I’m going somewhere important, I sometimes floss again in the morning. It gives clarity to your teeth as you talk and smile, and having good breath is always a plus!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope this helps you put your best smile on!