Make Over Your Smile: Learn To Floss Correctly

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Dentists say to brush and floss daily, but unless you floss your teeth the right way, you may not be doing any good.

Start by choosing 18 to 24 inches of dental floss. Wrapping the ends of the floss around your index fingers is the best way to hold it.

Do not force the floss between your teeth. Dentists say you should use floss in a gentle sawing motion. Start the flossing procedure from your rear molars.

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'GMA' Tip of the Day: Floss the Right Way

You must work the floss in a C shape. Be gentle and scrape the floss around your teeth. The best way is to go up in a gentle manner until you meet resistance.

When you are done with each tooth, change the section of floss you're using. Do not use the same piece of floss between more than two teeth. Keep on doing this until you are done with all your teeth.

After you have done a few teeth, you should rinse your mouth. Not only would it wash away the dislodged tartar, it would also show if your gums are bleeding.

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More Tips to Prevent Bad Breath:

1. Drink plenty of water.

2. Maintain good oral hygiene.

This includes flossing. Toothbrushes cannot remove bacteria that gets trapped under your gums. Also, be sure to get your teeth cleaned by a dentist twice a year.

3. Treat existing oral diseases.

4. Clean your tongue while brushing your teeth.

5. Use natural antibiotics.

6. Switch from coffee to tea.

7. Chew sugarless gum.

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Make Over Your Smile

From mouthwash to tongue scrapers and halimeters, there are many items on the market today geared to control bad breath. CLICK HERE for an overview of these products.

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