Flossing is part of a good oral hygiene routine. It’s very important to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. You should floss your teeth once a day.
Start by pulling out some dental floss from the container, break off about 45 centimeters, 18 inches and wind the ends around each of your index fingers. Keep winding the dental floss until you have about five centimeters between your fingers.
Next, gently slide the floss between two of your teeth using a rocking motion. Be careful not to force the floss in or snap it into place. You may find it helpful to use your thumbs to gently push the floss between your teeth. When the floss reaches your gum line, curve it against one of your teeth.
Next, slide the floss up and down between your tooth and gum. This helps to clean between your teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach. Be careful not to push the floss into your gum as this can damage it. Once you start to feel some resistance on your gum, gently take the floss away from between your teeth.
Next, wind the used floss around one finger and release a new section from the other finger. Make your way around your mouth. Continue using these steps until you’ve cleaned between all of your teeth. Don’t forget to floss behind your back teeth too.
You can also clean between your teeth with interdental brushes, which come in different widths and shapes. These remove plaque in much the same way that flossing does. It’s important to use the correct technique. Ask your dentist or hygienist for advice. They may recommend you use an interdental brush if you have a bridge.