Guide on how to floss properly

It is quite important to take care of your teeth, in order to avoid tooth decay and gum disease. The latter can link to your general health as well, such as heart disease. Besides brushing your teeth a very popular way to improve your dental health is flossing. Flossing once a day gets rid off food pieces and plaque between the teeth. However, if plaque stays between your teeth, you should visit a dentist to get them removed.

How to floss properly:

-) Remove around 18 inch of floss from the dispenser

-) Wind the floss around your middle finger of both hands. Beware to leave an inch of the floss for flossing. Always floss the top teeth first then the bottom.

-) Place the floss carefully in your mouth and use your index fingers to move it between the teeth. Don’t push too hard, which could injure your gums.

-) Then start moving the floss up and down against the tooth and up around the gum line. The floss should present a C-shape around your tooth.

-) Use a clean section of floss if needed and wind them around the fingers.

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Five reasons why you should brush your teeth twice a day

Your mum said it and I was preached in school – brushing your teeth twice a day should be a vital thing in your day, such as eating. However, how important is it to keep your teeth clean and fresh all the time? Here is a list of the five most important reasons why you shouldn’t avoid brushing your teeth twice a day:

Prevent gum disease

One of the major reasons are the risk of plaque building up on your teeth if you don’t brush your teeth regularly. Plaque is basically a collection of bacteria and food that occurs in everyone’s mouth. Due to this plaque your base of the teeth can build a yellow lining, which is also called Gingivitis. This can often lead to the first stage of gum disease, which automatically causes inflammation of your gums and starts bleeding when you brush them.

Maintain a fresh breath

Another fact is the build up of bad and faulty breath, due to not brushing your teeth regularly. Bacteria can stick iin your mouth and cause various oral health issues. Therefore, preventing those build ups of bacteria is vital. Hence, make sure you brush your teeth twice a day and start getting into the habit of chewing sugar free gum after each meal.

Removing tooth stains

Brushing your teeth twice a day can help remove those teeth stains, as any toothpaste contains mild abrasives, which removes debris and surface stains. These include calcium carbonate, aluminium oxides dehydrated silicia gels, phosphate salts hydrated and silicates.


It is unavoidable that it is quite unattractive to kiss someone with a smelly breath and/or faulty teeth. Hence, just brushing your teeth more often will effectively remove all stains and bacterias and make your counter part appreciate definitely.

Prevent Dementia

It is scientifically proven that poor gum health can lead to the development of dementis by at least 30% to 40%. So be careful and don’t get lazy – it is for your own future!

Hence, brushing your teeth twice a day for around three minutes can save your oral and gum health in particular. Our dental team can provide you with useful information and appropriate treatments concerning your dental health. For more information just give us a call today on 020 7247 3737 .

Can gums bleed when you brushing your teeth?

Gum disease varies from person to person, because most people unfortunately choose to ignore this problem. Be aware that gum disease is quite common for adult, who have a averagely poor dental hygiene and health.

The most accurate signs are bleeding gums, bad breath, painful gum abscesses, loose teeth and redness. The main causes for gum diseases are caused by mainly a lack of oral hygiene and naturally bad habits, such as smoking. Moreover, pregnancy, medications and illnesses can be reasons as well for bad gums am stupid.

Our games are basically the foundation of our teeth – if you don’t take care of your gums, the teeth can detach itself from the gum causing pocketing. Pocketing refers to the shrinking of the gum, where food can get trapped in. This way the gum can get infected and your teeth might get very loose. However, some cases of gum disease are more severe than other as they depend on how long the disease has been active for.

Gum disease is treatable and there are various ways to maintain a healthy gum. Which only takes around 5 minutes a day:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for approximately 2 minutes in a circular motion with your toothbrush
  • Make use of a mouthwash apart from brushing your teeth
  • Try to floss once a day or use so-called Tepe brushes, in order to remove the hidden plaque in between the teeth

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