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How To Effectively Floss Your Teeth

There are multiple choices of floss you can use, whether that is the floss picks or satin floss tape.

Key Flossing Technique

  • Make sure that you are using enough floss. Use a length of about 45cm. This may sound like a lot but you need to make sure you have enough to have a clean segment to use on each tooth. Wrap a large a large section of the floss around your middle finger on one hand and then a small section around the middle finger of your other hand. This keeps your index finger free to manipulate the floss around your mouth.
  • Keep a one to two inch length of floss taut between fingers and use your index fingers to guide floss between contacts of the lower teeth.
  • Gently slide the floss between the teeth in a zigzag motion. Contour the floss around the side of the tooth. Slide the floss up and down and below the gumline. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.
  • Make a ‘C’ shape with the floss as it moves around the tooth. Then carefully pull the floss upward from the gum line.
  • As you move around your mouth, unroll a fresh section of floss.
  • Don’t forget to floss each side of each tooth.

Whether you use floss or interdental brushes, it is important that you clean in between your teeth to prevent the buildup of plaque. This will help to prevent the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

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