How To Floss Teeth
We often tell our patients to “floss teeth” but do you really know how to do that well? Most people think that brushing is enough, but the surfaces between teeth are not easily accessible by your toothbrush and need extra attention to prevent decay and gum disease.
The ideal frequency to floss teeth is like brushing: ideally after each meal, though one time a day (before going to bed) is the minimum necessary.
How To Floss Teeth Step 1:
To start, cut a piece of dental floss (approximately 2 feet). Wrap both sides of the floss around your middle fingers.
How To Floss Teeth Step 2:
Using your index and thumb, glide the floss in between all of your teeth one by one.
When flossing, make sure you are not cutting your gums. The goal is to clean the teeth surfaces, not the gums.
In the space in between the teeth, press the floss against each side of the tooth (hug the tooth) and gently move it back and forth and up and down.
Then move to the opposite surface of the adjacent tooth.