Everyone agrees that flossing your teeth is important! Using an antimicrobial essential oil in the process makes this powerful habit even more life changing than before.
First and foremost, find a floss that works for you. I like unflavored, waxed floss tape, but there’s many other choices to choose from. I would suggest getting used to using string or tape floss and foregoing floss pics, a strand of floss can do the whole job that a pic can’t. Pics are fine for travel and the office however, just make sure you toss them in the garbage and not on the ground (yuck!)
“Floss should be pushed against each tooth surface until it flattens out. It goes under the gum between the teeth to clean out the sulcus where A LOT of bacterial hang out. The inside surface of each tooth is cleaned with a back and forth or an up and down motion like you are buffing a shoe.”
sulcus (Latin: “furrow”, pl. sulci) is a depression or groove in the … A depression, sulcus, in the surface area allows for continued growth.
Imagine the benefits of adding a drop of CW Lavender Thieves Blend to the process! While you’re flossing and getting deeply acquainted with each tooth you can simultaneously remove debris and, bathe the pockets of the gum area with a powerful antimicrobial that you’ve infused into your ribbon of floss. This is an important habit to develop and can do wonders for those prone to periodontal disease and cavities.
How do you add essential oil to a ribbon of floss you ask? Easy!
- Pull out approximately 18 inches of floss.
- Add a drop of your preferred EO to the tip of your index finger, pinch it with your thumb.
- Run the entire length of floss through your pinched together index finger and thumb.
- Floss baby, floss!
Lavender Thieves Blend has cinnamon bark essential oil in the blend, a tad hot. Since it’s almost impossible not to touch your lips with the floss while flossing so here’s my trick to using any type of hot EOs, comfortably. I simply add a bit of All Purpose Healing Salve or Bare Balm, any kind of lip balm will do, to my lips beforehand. Remember, water won’t diffuse EOs, but neutral oils like coconut oil, will!
The places where the gums and teeth meet are where flossing plays its starring role. Tiny particles of food can get lodged here, and plaque in this area will harden over time to form tartar, a thick deposit that only the dentist can remove with a scraper. Tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis: red, swollen gums that are the first stage of gum disease. If left unchecked, the bacteria-laden tartar and plaque can spread even deeper below the gum line, causing periodontitis: severe gum disease characterized by severe inflammation and eventual tooth and bone loss.
Flossing can get into the space between the teeth and gums, removing much of the food and plaque that a toothbrush or oil pulling can’t do. Make it a habit!
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