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Flossing at least once every day is essential to ideal oral health. But what is the correct way to floss? Here are a few tips to help you properly and effectively floss:

• Wash your hands with an antibacterial soap before you begin. This is especially important if you haven’t flossed in a while, as you may experience some bleeding and germs from your hands could infect your gums.
• Use about 18 inches of floss. Wind most of the floss around one of your middle fingers and the rest around the middle finger of the other hand. The finger with less floss will take up floss as you use it and it becomes dirty. Only about two inches of floss will go between the teeth at a time. Use the extra floss to change to a new section from time to time. This prevents the transfer of plaque and bacteria from one place to another.
• Using your thumbs and index fingers, gently guide the floss between your teeth by moving it back and forth. Never snap the floss into the gums.
• Using a C-shaped motion, gently slide the floss under the gums against each side of each tooth.
• Gently glide the floss up and down the side of each tooth to remove plaque.
• If you floss your teeth before brushing, make sure that you brush well afterward. If you brush first, consider using a mouthwash afterward to remove the loosened bacteria from your mouth.
• If you use a floss pick, make sure you don’t transfer bacteria. Switch to a new floss pick as needed.

To learn more and to schedule your next visit, contact our dental office today.