The act of gently massaging a plastic string between each tooth isn’t appealing to a lot of people. But it serves a very important purpose.

Flossing not only removes food debris from places your toothbrush can’t reach. It also disrupts cavity-causing bacteria from breeding between your teeth.  It’s important to do it every day.

Traditional floss can be difficult to use for some people. There are other options available:

  • dental tape, which is a flatter and wider version of floss
  • dental picks
  • pre-threaded flossers;
  • interdental brushes that reach between the teeth
  • water flossers
  • wooden or plastic sticks.

You can always ask your dentist what types of product is best for you and how to use it.

Step 1: Take a length of floss equal to the distance from your hand to your shoulder.

Wrap it around your index and middle fingers, leaving about two inches between your hands.

Step 2: Slide the floss between your teeth and wrap it into a “C” shape around the base of the tooth and gently under the gumline. Wipe the tooth from base to tip two or three times.

Step 3: Be sure to floss both sides of every tooth. Don’t forget the backs of your last molars. Go to a new section of the floss as it wears and picks up particles.

Step 4: Brush your teeth after you floss – it is a more effective method of preventing tooth decay and gum disease.


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