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How to floss the teeth

One of the most important things you can do for the health of your teeth is flossing. Flossing when combined with brushing, is the more effective way of keeping your teeth free form plaque build-up and decay.

Correct flossing not only removes food that may be trapped between your teeth, but it also removes plaque between the teeth and at the gum line (the complicated areas of mouth, where your brush can’t reach very easily).

However, it is important that you use correct technique for flossing your teeth properly.

Step 1: Clean the gap of the teeth using the floss with gentle motions

If you are not using a pick then take approximately 18 inches of floss from the container. Wrap one end on one middle finger and other end on the other middle finger. There should be about 1-2 inches of floss between both the fingers. Pull the floss taut and pinch it between your thumbs and index fingers.

Step 2: When cleaning the gum, ensure that you are not putting too much of pressure

Keep the floss between the fingers tightly stretched. Gently and slowly work floss between your teeth and down the gum line. Don’t snap the floss into your gums as this can cause bleeding and damage to your gums.

Step 3: Always use gentle back and forth motions and ensure you are not rubbing the floss vigorously

Sweep away the plaque and food particles by moving floss back and forth. Just make sure you don’t rub the floss vigorously.

Step 4: Repeat the step on each tooth till you are sure that all the food particles are removed. After flossing rinse your mouth with fresh water.

Make sure that you repeat the same process on each tooth and remove food particles from all your teeth. Once you are done flossing your teeth, rinse your mouth with fresh water.

Brushing is equally important as flossing, so never think that you can replace flossing with brushing. In your dental regime, make a perfect balance of the two. You can also consult dentist to know the correct flossing technique. Smiles Dental Group is your one stop destination for all dental needs, be it regular dental checkup or cosmetic dentistry needs. We have a team of learned and qualified dentists who know it all about your teeth and how to keep your smile looking beautiful always.