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Not everyone flosses as regularly as they could be. But those thinking of having a baby should definitely get into the habit.

Now doctors are saying that poor oral health is on par with obesity in negatively affecting a woman’s chances of conceiving in short order.

They cite inflammation as the underlying cause, saying that it sets off chain reactions that can damage the body’s normal workings.

Obviously, trouble conceiving can be attributed to a whole host of issues, many of which are unavoidable. Poor oral health is one of the avoidable ones, and all it takes is five minutes before bed.

Four keys to proper flossing

 1. The right amount of floss

Start with about 18 inches of floss. This should give you enough to floss each tooth with a clean area so you’re not just moving deposits from one part of your mouth to another.

2. The right way to hold your floss

Roll the floss around your middle fingers on each hand, leaving about an inch and a half in the middle. Then squeeze each side between it and your index finger. You want to pull the floss tightly – the tautness is what will give it the strength to dislodge whatever’s between your teeth.

3. The right way to move your floss

Curve the floss around the sides of each tooth. Remember to be gentle with your gums. The majority of your effort should be directed to your teeth and not your gums. Too much downward pressure can cut or bruise them.

4. The right way to remove your floss

A lot of people have good form as they floss towards their gums, but are less than thorough on the way back out. You should use the same back and forth motion both ways to catch anything you may have missed.

 

More of a hands-on learner?

Ask one of our hygienist to show you the proper form when you come in for your cleaning. They’ll be happy to help.

 

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