Flossing is one of those things that causes grown men and women to all of a sudden get that, “I don’t want to!” feeling. It’s not fun, it’s not something you look forward to, but the importance of flossing is well known and is constantly being talked about. The good news is; it does get easier. The more often your teeth get exposure to flossing, the stronger they become and the less uncomfortable it will be for you. Read these steps on how to correctly floss your teeth to get the best results.

  • Break off about 18 inches of floss and hold it within your fingers so that it can be taut between both forefingers and thumbs.
  • Gently guide the floss between your teeth with a back and forth motion. Try to never snap the floss into the gums.
  • When the floss reaches the gum line, curve the floss around each in tooth in a C shape. Move the floss up and down along both teeth. Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth, not forgetting the back of the last tooth.
  • Don’t reuse the floss as it won’t be as effective in removing bacteria and plaque from your mouth.

The American Dental Association recommends flossing once a day, to assist in removing plaque that brushing misses. Whether you’re flossing before or after you brush, in the morning or in the evening, with traditional floss or with a dental pick or pre-threaded flossers, the importance is in actually doing it. Approximately 18% of Americans do not floss at all. Even though it is uncomfortable, flossing will remove food that is lodged between your teeth, it can help with preventing cavities, bad breath and gum disease. Take the extra minute during your regular oral hygiene routine and floss those pearly whites. Then schedule an appointment at First Hill Dental Center to show off your clean teeth.