How to Properly Floss Your Teeth

How to Properly Floss Your Teeth

Flossing is an important part of dental health. It removes food that is lodged in between the teeth, and it keeps plaque from building up around the gum line, helping to prevent- disease.

Many patients may just think quickly sticking a piece of floss in between your teeth is beneficial for your dental health. However, in order for flossing to be effective -, you need to know how to floss properly and repetitively on a daily basis. Follow these steps below to ensure that you are flossing efficiently:

1. Start by using a clean piece of floss. It should be around 18 inches in length. Wind the majority of it around your middle finger, leaving leave about two inches of it free.

2. Use your index fingers and thumbs to hold the floss. While doing so, gently slide it up between two teeth and then down. It should go all the way beneath your gum line. You will need to curve it around the tooth’s base in order for it to fully clean this area.

3. Remove the piece of floss by moving it back and forth while bringing it down. Don’t force the floss or try to move it too quickly. Taking your time will prevent injury and ensure you are properly cleaning your teeth.

4. Repeat this process for each tooth. Do not use the same section of floss. Unwind a small piece of it, from around your finger. This will allow you to use a clean section for each of your teeth.

It is just as important to floss daily as it is to brush your teeth. Failing to floss properly can cause tooth decay and gum disease. If you don't floss regularly, your gums may bleed. By making it a habit to floss daily, you will notice that your gums will be healthier, and bleeding will eventually subside.

If you have any questions about flossing, feel free to ask us at your next visit. At Robert A. Neal, DDS Family Dentistry, we make it a habit to take additional time during our appointments to discuss proper oral hygiene with you to help you maintain a healthy smile after you leave our office.