Advice On Flossing Correctly
- Use a section of floss 18 to 24 inches in length.
- Wind most of the floss around one of your middle fingers.
- Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the other hand. This finger will “take up” the floss as it becomes used.
- Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers, with about an inch of floss between them. There should be no slack.
- Using a gentle sawing motion, guide the floss between your teeth. Never “snap” the floss into the gums.
- When the floss reaches the gumline, curve it into a “C”-shape against one tooth.
- Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth until you feel resistance.
- Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently scrape the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum.
- Move the floss to the tooth on the other side of the same gap. Repeat the same process.
- Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth. Don’t forget the back side of your last tooth.