Protect your smile from periodontal disease

Dr. Gary R. DiStefano, DDS &
Schaefer Dental Group


HOWELL, MI 48843
OFFICE (517) 546-8983
FAX (517) 546-1422

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Proper Flossing Techniques

Proper Flossing Techniques

Do you floss daily? Flossing can eliminate most of the bacteria in your mouth that causes periodontal disease, tooth loss, tooth decay, and inflamed gums. The more you floss, the healthier you’ll be!

To help improve and protect the oral health of you and your family, Dr. DiStefano suggests that follow these tips to floss your way to better health:

  1. Begin with 15-18 inches of floss

  2. Wrap about half of the floss around the middle finger of one hand, and the rest around your other middle finger, leaving about 2 inches to work with.

  3. Hold the floss firmly between your thumbs and index fingers, and use a moderate backward and forward motion to guide it between each tooth.

  4. Gently bend the floss around the base of each tooth to eliminate plaque build-up.

  5. Scrape the floss firmly against a tooth, but gently up and down and in between gums.

  6. Repeat the entire process with the rest of your teeth.

  7. Use portions of clean floss for each tooth to avoid moving plaque to a different area of your mouth

Flossing every day isn’t the only way to prevent dental or health problems! If you check up with your dentist every six months, you can reduce tooth decay and other dental problems. Call Doctor DiStefano, your favorite Howell family dentist, to schedule your next recare visit today! 517-546-8983

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