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By Franklin Dental
May 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Do you only floss occasionally? If so, you're doing a better job than the 20 percent of Americans who never pick up a container of floss, flossingaccording to the American Dental Association. Flossing is an important way to reduce tooth decay, but it's most effective if it's done daily. Franklin, WI, dentist Dr. John Olsen of Franklin Dental explains why flossing is important and shares a few flossing tips.

Plaque lurks in crevices

Plaque doesn't just coat the surface of your teeth, but also forms on the sides of your teeth. Although you can't reach those areas with your toothbrush, you can get rid of the plaque with floss. Floss manually removes plaque before it can lead to tooth decay. If you don't make flossing a regular habit, you just might discover that a cavity has formed on the side of a tooth or between two teeth. Failure to floss can also raise your gum disease risk. When you don't remove plaque, it turns into hard tartar, a substance that can force your gums away from your teeth, creating pockets that offer the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

Flossing is easy

When you're busy, it can be hard enough to find time to brush your teeth, let alone floss, but flossing only takes a minute or two. Flossing can be accomplished in these four simple steps:

  • Unravel about two feet of floss and wrap it around your middle or index fingers, leaving about four inches free between your hands.
  • Insert the floss between two teeth and move it up and down gently several times.
  • Bend the floss into a semi-circular shape to clear plaque from the space between the bottoms of your teeth and your gums.
  • Repeat until you've flossed all of your teeth.

Although you'll need access to a sink when you brush your teeth, flossing can be done almost anywhere. Keep a container of floss by your bed. If you realize that you forgot to floss, you can indulge in a quick flossing session before you fall asleep. Stash the small packages of floss you receive when you visit Dr. Olsen's Franklin office throughout your house to ensure that you don't have an excuse not to floss.

Keep your smile healthy with daily flossing and regular dental visits. Is it time to schedule your next dental appointment? Call Franklin, WI, dentist Dr. John Olsen of Franklin Dental at (414) 425-7050 to arrange your visit.


Dr. John Olsen

Dr. John Olsen

For over 24 years, Dr. John has been successfully restoring the smiles and improving the lives of people in the Milwaukee area with his expert knowledge and attention to detail.

Dr. John strives for excellence and holds a number of impressive titles including:

  • Diplomat in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)

  • Mastership in Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) & Regional Director

  • Induction into the International College of Dentists

  • Certified with American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE)


He frequently is invited to speak and teach workshops around the country to help spread his expert knowledge in the dental fields. Additionally, he regularly attends trainings and workshops to continue his own education.


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