How To Floss Properly

The most common advice that a dentist will give his patient is brushing and flossing the teeth. Brushing your teeth is simple and easy for most people. There are people who still struggle with flossing and come up with different excuses as to why they are not flossing. Flossing is easy when you know how to do it correctly. When flossing is done correctly, the action removes plaque and remaining food particles that toothbrushes cannot access. Plaque causes tooth decay. This is disastrous to your oral health.


There are two floss materials that are available in the market. Nylon floss is available in different flavors. This floss has strands of nylon put together and is soft and great to use on your teeth. Single filament floss is also popular because it is gentle to the teeth and does not break even when used in very tight spaces on the teeth.


Flossing is the best technique for prevention of gum diseases. It cleans the gum line and in between the teeth. It is therefore important to learn how to floss properly as this will save you from toothaches and costly dental procedures in the future. Here are rules to follow when flossing:


  • Use floss that is more than 18 inches. You will need at least eighteen inches that you will wind on your fingers with two inches apart for flossing.
  • Hold the floss tightly between the thumb and index finger on both hands. You then slide the floss gently between the teeth.
  • Begin with the lower teeth. The thumbs will guide so that you can move gently from tooth to tooth.
  • Curve the floss on the base of the tooth. It is important to floss on the gum line to remove food particles that the toothbrush could not reach. Do this gently so that you do not injure the gum tissues. Make sure you do not snap the floss as you will injure your gums.
  • When the floss comes into contact with the gum, use a C motion to reach the lines or contours of the gums.
  • As you clean one tooth at a time or the spaces between, make sure you use clean floss as you move around.
  • Maintain the back and forth motion. This brings the floss up and down the teeth. Removing it from the tooth is easier as it will move away from the teeth
Posted by: Admin Admin on 10/26/2014
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