9781130447408: Red Cross notes

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 Excerpt: ...in preventing the start of decay and preserving the fillings that you already have than any one thing you can do in the care of your teeth. The brush is used for common cleanliness of the mouth, but even when the mouth looks and feels clean, the spaces between the teeth may be in a condition most favorable to the propagation of the germs producing decay, unless floss silk is used to clean them. There is no mechanical contrivances for using floss silk between the teeth that is equal to the delicate touch of the fingers. Take about one foot length of floss, wrap one end around the point of the first finger of the left hand, using the second finger of the left hand to guide the silk, hold the other end of the floss with a wrap on the second finger of the right hand, using the first finger of the right hand to guide it, draw the silk through all of the spaces with a lifting motion so as to engage and remove all particles of food. Be careful not to injure the gums. A little practice makes this a very simple operation, and it is quickly done. Toothpicks will not accomplish what floss silk does, and with wood toothpicks injury is likely to be done to the gums. Pocket Floss (J. & J.) in small flat metal boxes is a particularly convenient form for the pocket. The best forms for general toilet use are Lister Floss and the New Era Floss (J. & J.), both in aseptic glass containers that keep the floss in a thoroughly clean condition. Now, just a word to mothers regarding the care of children's teeth. Any trouble that may arise during the period of teething should, of course, be brought to the attention of the physician or dentist. The first, or temporary, teeth of the child should have the same attention given to them, as to proper care and cleanliness, that you...

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