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How to Floss Teeth

Flossing is vital for keeping your teeth clean, and can significantly reduce your chances of cavities and tooth decay as well as gum disease. Remember to help your child learn proper flossing techniques from an early age.

How to properly floss your teeth:

  • how-to-floss-teeth.jpgBreak off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the opposite hand.
  • Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
  • Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion.
  • When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a “C” shape against one tooth and gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
  • Repeat this procedure for each tooth using a fresh part of the floss, and don’t forget to floss behind your last tooth.

If you have trouble flossing or are uncomfortable flossing, your Dental Associates dental hygienist will show you the proper technique and offer tips on how to get the most out of your flossing.

For an even cleaner mouth, learn how to brush teeth.

If you have questions about proper oral hygiene, see our Dental Hygiene & Preventative Care FAQs page.