First measure an arm's length of floss. Wrap one end around your index finger and hold the other end with your index finger and thumb. Using a back and forth motion slide the floss under the gum line gently and then away.
Flossing seems easy enough, but you'll want to make sure you're doing it right to maximize the benefits of all your effort. Compare your flossing techniques to the steps below, and make adjustments to your routine wherever necessary.
· Break off just over an arm's length of floss.
· Loosely wind about six inches of floss around your middle finger and use your thumb to hold it in place.
· Hold and straighten the floss with the thumb and pointer finger of your other hand.
· Use a gentle back and forth motion to guide the floss between your teeth.
· Make sure to never "snap" the floss into your gums.
· When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it against your tooth and gently slide it under your gums and then away from your gum line.
· Wind the used floss around your middle finger as you go.
Learning how to floss teeth properly can be the difference between a clean, healthy mouth and one riddled with tooth decay and gum disease. Keep in mind that while there are no guarantees when it comes to your dental health, solid oral hygiene habits, combined with regular visits to our office, is the best insurance your teeth have. Remeber: your smile lasts a lifetime!