How to Floss
For proper flossing, the British Dental Health Foundation advises the following:
- 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 other hand. As you use the floss, you will take up the used section with this finger.
- Hold the floss tightly between your thumb and forefingers, with about an inch of floss between them, leaving no slack. Use a gentle 'rocking' motion to guide the floss between your teeth. Do not jerk the floss or snap the floss into the gums.
- When the floss reaches the gumline, curve it into a C-shape against one tooth until you feel resistance.
- Hold the floss against the tooth. Gently scrape the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum. Repeat on the other side of the gap, along the side of the next tooth.
- Don't forget the back of your last tooth.
Most Don't Understand Risks of Gum Disease
Two-thirds of National Dental Survey respondents remain unaware of possible gum disease links to heart disease, four in five know nothing of the links to strokes or diabetes, and 94% of respondents have no knowledge of potential risks posed to pregnant women.
"The public is put at risk by poor dental hygiene habits yet awareness of these risks is very low", said British Dental Health Foundation chief executive Dr Nigel Carter
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