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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.

Flossing Tips

  • 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.