Flossing

How To Floss

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1. Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around a finger on the other hand. This finger will take up the used floss. Hold the floss tightly between your thumb and forefingers.

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2. Guide the floss between your teeth, using a gentle back-and-forth motion. To avoid injuring your gums, never snap the floss into gum tissue.

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3. When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a “C” shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.

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4. Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up and down motions.

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5. Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth. As you move from tooth to tooth, unwind the clean floss with one finger and take up the used floss with a finger on the other hand. Don’t forget the back side of the last tooth.

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If you have trouble handling floss, you may find it helpful to use a floss holder or other between-the-teeth cleaners, like special picks or narrow brushes.

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Mar 18, 2019 | Posted by in Dental Hygiene | Comments Off on Flossing
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