In case you haven’t heard, reports last year from the Associated Press, concluded that there isn’t a compelling reason to floss: The recommendation for flossing lacks any evidence that flossing actually helps, the report said. And, a recommendation that people floss has been removed from the latest U.S. government dietary guidelines, the report added.
Dr Amer however, isn’t so quick to tell patients they are off the hook and still advises that cleaning between the teeth is all part of good oral hygiene.
“A toothbrush alone doesn’t remove bacteria and plaque from the spaces between teeth, and the bacteria in plaque and inflammation from periodontal or gum diseases can spread to other parts of the body” says Dr Amer. “Evidence suggests that maintaining good oral health may lower the risk of heart disease, stroke. Premature birth and more recently discovered even possibly dementia and Alzheimer’s”, he said.
In order to keep your pearly whites in tip top shape, Dr Amer recommends the following:
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Daily flossing
- Dental Check-up once a year
- Professional Teeth cleaning a minimum of twice a year
FLOSS LIKE A BOSS
You will need approximately 40-45 cms (16-18 inches) of floss. Wrap the ends around your fingertips allowing better control and gently slide the floss between your teeth, being careful not to jam it into the gums. Next, curve the floss around each tooth and slide it up and down to scrape away any plaque. Avoid sawing motions with the floss which can hurt your gums. When you’re done, throw away the used floss. It can fray during use and collect bacteria. Rinse with mouthwash and brush your teeth
WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN?
You should be flossing your child’s teeth as soon as your child has two teeth that touch one another. Because flossing demands more manual dexterity than very young children have, children are not usually able to floss well by themselves until they are age 10 or 11.
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