Flossing Your Teeth Properly

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How do you floss your teeth properly? As your dentist will tell you, simply brushing your teeth isn’t enough to efficiently clean your teeth.

There are areas in your mouth that your toothbrush isn’t able to reach. These areas need an alternative method of cleaning them in order to get all the plaque that builds up on them, otherwise your teeth may begin to decay in those areas.

This alternative method is flossing, a process of threading a hygienic strand through the spaces between your teeth.

Flossing is almost as important as brushing your teeth, especially since it makes it almost pointless to brush if you let the hidden areas destroy your teeth by not flossing them properly.

How Do You Floss Your Teeth Properly
The first step to using dental floss is to, of course, brush your teeth. This will remove some of the stuff that is between your teeth so that the floss doesn’t have to do all of the work.

Afterward, dispense the floss. To do this, pull the thread out of the container a few inches. Then, tear the thread against the sharp piece at the top of the floss.

This will tear it, giving you a piece of floss that is no longer attached to the container.

Grab each end of the floss with your fingers. Now choose a starting point that you can use as an ending point as well. Most people start in the middle and then do one side, then go back and do the other.

Ready, Set, Start Flossing
Rub the floss in-between your teeth in a saw-like motion, and move it up and down to make sure that you can reach the entire side of your teeth.

You will want to angle the floss so that it is in a “c” shape, the top of the “c” being the center of your piece of floss, which should be stuck between your teeth.

When you are all done, simply toss the floss into the garbage. You should never reuse the same strand of floss.

If you haven’t flossed in awhile, it can sometimes be helpful to brush again to eliminate any plaque that may have come out from between your teeth and now rest on the tops of them.

Be sure to floss every tooth on the top row and bottom row in your mouth. Regular flossing equals healthier teeth and gums.

Knowing how you should floss your teeth properly is vital to getting rid of any plaque that can be harming your teeth.

When done properly, all the plaque will be removed and you can be proud in knowing that you are another step closer to having a healthy mouth!

Our caring staff and dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have about proper dental care. Give us a call today and schedule a convenient time to visit our dental office.

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