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Dr. Perry Westbrook: The Importance ofProper Flossing
Specializing in periodontics,Dr. Perry Westbrook maintains hisSunnyvale, California practice, emphasizingproper brushing a...
The key to correct flossing is to hold the floss tautbetween the forefinger and the thumb, and ease it inbetween the teeth...
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Dr. Perry Westbrook: The Importance of Proper Flossing

  1. 1. Dr. Perry Westbrook: The Importance ofProper Flossing
  2. 2. Specializing in periodontics,Dr. Perry Westbrook maintains hisSunnyvale, California practice, emphasizingproper brushing and flossing as part of a dailyroutine that promotes gum health. Flossing isa particularly vital safeguard againstgingivitis, as periodontal disease typicallyoccurs between the teeth where toothbrushbristles cannot effectively reach.
  3. 3. The key to correct flossing is to hold the floss tautbetween the forefinger and the thumb, and ease it inbetween the teeth rather than using a forcedsnapping motion (which can break the gum tissue).Good flossing technique includes not only cleaningalong the gum line but also between the teeth: trybending the floss in a C shape around the side ofeach tooth and moving the floss gently back andforth. Rinsing completes the flossing process,removing from the mouth completely the foodparticles that were dislodged. In many cases, thefirst week or two of regular flossing may becharacterized by soreness or bleeding until thegums strengthen and heal.

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