Flossing isn’t something we tend to incorporate into our dental routine. Unfortunately, nearly 35% of Americans are those that don’t floss. Flossing is an essential dental practice that can help in the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease. Today our team will show you the proper way to floss your teeth on a daily basis.
Start by breaking off about 18 inches of floss and winding both ends around the index fingers of both hands, leaving about an inch or two to work with.
Grab the floss between your thumbs and forefingers, pinching it to have a sturdy hold on the floss.
Take the floss and begin by gliding the floss between your teeth, using a gentle rubbing motion. Try and avoid snapping the floss between your gums, this can cause bleeding.
Once the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Carefully and gently slide the floss between the tooth and gum, following along the shape of the tooth.
After you have finished moving the floss up and down along the tooth, finish by repeating the same steps with your remaining teeth. Don’t forget to get the backside of your last tooth.
Once you finish, throw away the floss. Used pieces of floss are not only ineffective; they also can leave bacteria behind in your mouth. Don’t hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns about what oral care practices or products are safe to use by calling 360.727.6976 today!