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How to Floss Using Your Ears

Like it or not, flossing is an essential step of a healthy daily oral hygiene routine. Brushing is an effective way to clean the broad surfaces within your mouth, but leaves the tight spaces untouched and allows bacteria to grow there. But if you are going to floss everyday, why not do it as effectively as you possibly can. There is a very simple technique that very few patients know about that is guaranteed to improve your bacteria-killing and tissue-saving abilities as a daily flosser.

The oral cavity is extremely sensitive to sound because of its proximity to the inner ear. To take advantage of the super-hearing ability of your teeth, simply bring the floss up and down along each side of each tooth, paying close attention to the sound that this motion produces. When there is plaque on the side of your tooth, you will hear little sound at all. Once the plaque is removed, you will hear the squeaking sound of the floss rubbing directly against the tooth enamel.

This can be compared a ‘squeaky clean window’ which makes a noise because there is zero grime between the glass and the rag with which you are cleaning. The mild friction between the two surfaces is what is producing the sound in each case.

If you remember to use your ears each time you floss, you are certain to do a more thorough job and improve your oral and overall health.