Are you thinking of finally taking your dentist’s advice to floss your teeth? Excellent! However, before you decide whether to go with waxed or un-waxed and break open your floss container, you need to know how to floss correctly. Flossing the right way ensures a clean smile and healthy gums. Flossing Method
- Wrap 18 inches of floss around your middle fingers. Pinch it tightly between your forefingers and thumbs with an inch of space between.
- Slowly, gently rub floss up between your teeth.
- Curve the floss into a C-shape and gently slide it between the tooth and gum. Rub floss against the side of the tooth, away from the gum line.
- Floss the neighboring tooth. Repeat the process on the rest of your teeth.
- Floss once a day.
- Wash your hands before and after flossing.
- Floss gently (flossing too hard can damage your gums).
- Don’t forget to clean the space behind your last tooth.
- When the floss dirties or frays, use the extra floss wrapped around your middle fingers.
- Flossing shouldn’t hurt. It may feel uncomfortable for a week or two, but after that you should have no problems. If it still hurts, then see your dentist.