The Proper Way to Floss Your Teeth

The Proper Way to Floss Your Teeth

If you want to make sure that your oral health is pristine, it’s important not to skip flossing. Flossing each day is just as important as brushing your teeth twice a day. However, it’s important that you floss properly to get the full benefits and improve your oral health.

How to Floss

The first thing you should do is unwind about 18 inches of floss and wrap it around whichever fingers you prefer. Allow your fingers to manipulate the floss and move freely. Leave about 2 inches of floss available to clean between teeth, keeping the string taut between your two fingers. Guide the floss between your teeth using a zig-zag motion to get everything from between teeth. You may have to go between the same two teeth more than once to get all food particles, plaque, and bacteria from the area.

Curve the floss around the contour of your tooth so that it forms the shape of a C as it wraps around the tooth. Slide the floss up the tooth and under the gumline, going back and forth. Do this for each tooth while making sure the section of floss being used is clean. You can use your thumb to help guide your floss more accurately.


Flossers are a good way to floss your teeth if you find that using wheels of floss is not your preference. A flosser is a handheld device that allows you to floss your teeth without having to gather 18 inches of floss. Electric flossers are also available, and some are angled to get into places that are generally hard to reach. You can speak with your dentist about which flosser may be right for you and your oral health.

When you floss your teeth, you need to make sure that you are using the proper technique to keep your teeth clean. For more information about how to floss your teeth and keep your oral health pristine, you can speak with a dental professional at Meridian Dental Care in Apache Junction, AZ.

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