How to Floss (The Right Way!)

hi I'm dr. Joe Namath I'm a periodontist

in Southfield Michigan so there was a

patient as a matter of fact just

yesterday and we take a microscope slide

on almost all of our patients so when we

took the slide this is what we saw well

initially we see plaque a plaque is not

necessarily harmful in itself what we're

really looking for is moving bacteria

we're looking for parasites and bacteria

that are related to gum disease now this

is a parasite it's a amoeba

it's an amoeba and if you watch it


you see how that's coming out that's

called the pseudopod and that's how

these amoebas move what they do is they

extend these pseudo pods and then they

could use those to embrace and evocative

our other other cells like white blood

cells and that's what they live off

studies have shown that when you have

these parasites not only do you have gum

disease but you have a very increased

risk of Alzheimer's disease heart

disease stroke all cardiovascular

diseases diabetes for sure now certain

cancers like pancreatic cancer

particularly for men lung cancer so in

the treatment we want to make sure that

we eliminate these parasites and

bacteria completely when a patient's

finished I want to take a slidin see

nothing moving around on there no

bleeding no activity one of the things

that we can do that you can do to treat

periodontal disease is maybe very early

stages and help prevent it is a simple

use of dental floss periodontal disease

usually starts between the teeth where

bacteria and food particles Lodge and

aren't or can't be removed completely

with the toothbrush the brush does a

good job of brushing the outer surfaces

or the inner surfaces but not so good

between the teeth so let me give you a

little lesson in how to use dental floss

here when you use dental floss well I'm

going to use a little yarn let's let's

pretend this yarn as the dental floss so

first of all you don't want to use a


one piece of floss you want to use a

short piece because you can control it

much better short piece between thumb

and index finger or two thumbs typically

and you take that floss and you put it

carefully between the teeth kind of like

that and you work it down between the

teeth don't snap it down don't let it

snap down just great this tooth is a

loose tooth by the way you can see it

moving you move it along the side of the

tooth and you kind of polish the side of

the tooth up and down like that then you

wrap it around the tooth adjacent to it

and you polish that up and down go five

or six times up and down the side of

each tooth and go to the next area and

basically do the same thing and by the

way when you are flossing that gum

tissue between the teeth is called a

papilla well you don't want to irritate

the papilla go up and down the side of

one tooth and bring it up over the

papilla to the other tooth so you're not

rubbing it across that tender tissue

between the teeth and irritating it and

then move the floss along so you're not

using the same contaminated worn piece

of floss in each area cloth is a

narrowest of all of the materials that

we use tape is a little bit thicker and

works well now in some areas where the

teeth are really kind of far apart you

can use actually use yarn you want to

use something that will fill that space

and clean it out thoroughly

but generally dental floss or dental

tape will do the job so you've got a

small piece that you can control and

then with that control piece five or six

times down to the gum line and slightly

under the gum line but don't snap it

don't push it down any further then

it'll go comfortably to clean the plaque

and the bacteria and the material out

from around between and the sides of

those teeth so cleaning between the

teeth is really really important dental

floss even yarn are some of the things

that you can use

but that's a critical area to clean so

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