Wednesday, February 15, 2012

28 Day Diet | Day 23

Bacteria in your mouth doesn't sound appealing at all but if you neglect to do today's activity that is exactly what you have.  Flossing is not only good for your dental health but for your heart health.  But only 1/2 of us floss on a regular basis, I'm guilty too!  My sister the Dental Hygenist is really on me to floss because she says it will be less work for her on my cleaning visits. :)  So the best way to floss, take a note from prosthodontist Jonathan Levine:
1.  Wrap 18 inches of floss around your middle fingers.  Push the floss through the tight space between two teeth. (This is called the contact)

2.  Hook the floss around one tooth in a C shape and slide it under the gum line.  Then move it back and forth over the tooth's surface, in a motion smiliar to shining a shoe.

3.  Before you pull the floss back through the contact, slide under the neighboring tooth's gum line and repeat the shoe-shining motion. 

Viola -- there you have it.  Flossing after each meal is recommended but even if you do it before bed that's better than nothing at all.  There are also some great products on the market to help you floss with no fuss.  Just check out the toothpaste aisle at your local Target or Walmart. 

With Style,



  1. Diva, don't use the back and forth motion (shoe shine) you could saw your gums and cause an infection. Cup the floss in the shape of a "C" around the tooth and move the floss up and down to dislodge the plaque. Keep flossing!!!!


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