Only 5% – 10% of Americans are regular flossers? According to studies done at Emory University by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, common gum problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis (an inflammation and/or infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth) lead to a 23% – 46% higher rate of death.
If that doesn’t get your attention, are you aware that daily flossing adds an average of 6.3 years to a person’s lifespan? That’s right! According to Michael F. Roizen, MD in his book, Real Age, he writes that “flossing your teeth daily can make your arteries younger…studies show that flossing helps keep your immune system young.”
- Wrap most of an 18-inch piece of floss around your middle finger on one hand and the same finger on the other hand. Hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers.
- Guide the floss between the 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.