You've heard it time and time again from your dentist: floss once a day or you're going to get cavities. For a week or two after you leave the dentist you do it every day, but you're never sure if you're doing it right, so you taper off your flossing and forget about it. Thankfully, the Wall Street Journal has put together a guide with every flossing tip you can imagine.
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Flossing is good for clearing out the junk left in your teeth, but it also aids in gum health, good breath and may protect against diabetes. If you're not doing it right it's not doing you much good. Here are a few highlights from the Wall Street Journal for flossing the right way:
- Floss after brushing your teeth.
- Flossing at night is typically more useful than flossing in the morning.
- Don't saw at your teeth. Instead, bring the floss up to the gum line and then back down.
- No, rinsing with water will not accomplish the same thing as flossing.
It's not too bad if you think about it and if you ask your dentist they'll show you how to floss the right way. Hit up the Wall Street Journal for a few more tips for flossing right and keeping your teeth good and clean.
How to Be a Better Flosser [Wall Street Journal]