How To Floss

how to floss your teethPeriodontal disease usually appears between the teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach – so flossing is essential in your quest to prevent gum disease. Flossing takes time and practice.

Here are the basic steps to follow:

  • Start with a piece of floss (waxed is easier) about 18” long.
  • Lightly wrap the floss around your fingers and position them to allow the floss to go between your teeth.
  • Don’t force the floss or try to snap it into place.
  • Bring the floss to the gum line on the side of one tooth, and then curve it into a C-shape against that tooth and pull up to remove debris.
  • Clean the upper teeth and then the lower teeth.
  • Rinse to remove any plaque or food that may have loosened.

During your first week of regular flossing, you might experience some gum pain or experience your gums bleeding. However, if the pain continues after regular flossing, call our office.