Flossing In Five Easy Steps

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Do you know how to floss? No, we’re not talking about the dance so you don’t need a backpack or have to be a Fortnite fan. We’re talking about flossing… your teeth!

It’s Easy, Promise!

We promise, flossing is easy. The hard part is committing to flossing your teeth on a daily basis. If you need a little refresher, just follow these five simple steps courtesy of our friends at Mouthhealthy.org and you’ll be on your way to healthier teeth. You’re on your own with the dancing, though!

Five Steps to Flossing Like a Pro

Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the opposite hand. This finger will take up the floss as it becomes dirty.
  Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
  Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. Never snap the floss into the gums.
  When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
  Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up and down motions. Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth. Don’t forget the back side of your last tooth.

Once you’re finished, throw the floss away. A used piece of floss won’t be as effective and could leave bacteria behind in your mouth.  If you have questions about flossing or anything regarding your dental health, make sure to ask at your next appointment or call us anytime at 248.852.3130.

 

About Dr. Gregory Mansour

Owner of The Family Laser & Cosmetic Dentistry Center