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Dental hygiene, which includes brushing and flossing, is crucial to your oral health. Many people neglect their daily flossing. However, flossing at least once every day is essential to optimal dental health. But what is the correct way to floss? Here is some flossing advice:

• Before you begin, wash your hands with an antibacterial soap. 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.
• Cut 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 it becomes dirty. Only about two inches of floss will run between the teeth at a time. Use the extra, clean floss to change to a new section as needed. This prevents the transfer of bacteria from one place to another.
• Using your thumbs and index fingers, guide the floss between your teeth by moving it back and forth. Never snap the floss into the gums, as this can cause tissue damage.
• 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.
• Make sure to floss the back side of your back teeth.
• 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.

For more information about dental hygiene and to schedule a visit with our dentist, contact our dental office today.