Dental flossing is an important part of a good oral hygiene routine. Even if food never gets stuck between your teeth, plaque can build up there and cause problems with your mouth in the long run. It doesn’t matter how long it has been since you last flossed. It is never too late to start. Consider this your ultimate guide for proper dental flossing, showing just what you need to do to preserve your smile in the future.
1 – Buy the Right Floss
There are dozens of flosses to choose from these days, and they seem to be growing in number every year. All you really need to worry about is finding floss from a trusted brand, like Colgate or Oral-B. This has more to do with durability than anything else. Generic brands of floss can still work, but they have a tendency to break when you use them. Then you end up with particles of floss you have to remove with even more floss. It’s a big mess, but it is easily avoidable if you buy from a quality brand.
And of course, assume that anything you get from our office – as a free gift or otherwise – will be safe and strong to use for your flossing.
2 – Prepare the Floss
Pull off about 18 inches of floss from the roll to use at one time. Wrap one end around the middle finger of one hand and then wrap the other end over your other middle finger. If you have trouble coordinating this way, you may also try using your pointer fingers, or leaving one end loose and pulling it tight with your other hand.
3 – Floss Your Teeth
Grasp the string between your thumb and forefinger so it is tight. Then work it in between the teeth, all the way down to the gum line. Pull the floss so it forms a C around one side of the teeth. Then work your way up and down, front and back 10 times over that one area. Move to the side of the tooth on the opposite side and repeat the process. Do this for all of your dental separations.
Try to use a fresh section of floss every time you move to a new set of teeth. You can do this easily by wrapping it around one of your fingers as you go. Make sure to get to the teeth in the back as those are the ones that are most often forgotten.
Flossing your teeth may take a little time to get used to, but it will do wonders for your plaque control. Follow the steps above to preserve your smile well into the future.