Learn About Proper Flossing

 In Dental Talk - Tumwater Family Dentistry Blog

Flossing is hardly anyone’s favorite activity. It is time consuming and painful. Since people don’t like to do it, they tend to floss as quickly as possible. What they don’t realize is they could be doing more harm than good.

In an effort to avoid causing potential problems by not flossing properly, it is important that you take the time to learn how to properly floss. Learning how to properly floss will save you time, make the experience less painful, and help you improve your overall oral health.

Start with Enough Dental Floss

Many people think they only need to use a small amount of dental floss when flossing, but you actually need to use approximately a foot and half of dental floss. Using 18 inches of dental floss will give you enough floss to properly floss each tooth with a clean section of dental floss.

Proper Flossing Technique

The following steps guide you through how to properly floss your teeth:

  • Hold the dental floss out and pull it taunt.
  • Wrap it around your middle fingers several times. Leave about an inch or two between your fingers. This is the floss that you will use to clean your teeth.
  • Gently slide the dental floss in between your teeth. Move the floss up and down.
  • When you reach the bottom of the tooth, curve the floss so it creates a C shape. This allows the floss to clean beneath the gum line.
  • Do not pull the floss out quickly from your teeth. Wiggle it up and down to gently remove it from your teeth.
  • Make sure you floss between all of your teeth. Use a new section of the dental floss for each section you floss.

Tumwater Family Dentistry can help you learn how to properly floss your teeth at your next dental exam. Just ask our hygienists and they will gladly show you how or answer any questions you may have about floss!

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