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Health Tip: Floss for Healthier Teeth and Gums

Health Tip: Floss for Healthier Teeth and Gums

06/01/11

(HealthDay News) -- Daily flossing can minimize plaque and help keep teeth and gums healthy.

The American Dental Association offers these guidelines to help you floss teeth effectively:

  • Using a piece of floss about 18 inches long, wrap it around the forefinger of both hands and hold it between the forefingers and thumbs. Forefingers will rotate the floss as it becomes dirty, ensuring that clean floss is used continually.
  • Gently ease the floss between teeth and rub it against each tooth.
  • Push the floss into a "C" shape against each tooth, sliding it gently between the tooth and gum, and up and down the tooth.
  • Repeat on each tooth, making sure to get both sides of all teeth, even those in the back.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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