Flossing

Floss at least once a day. Until you are proficient at flossing, no one likes to floss. Unfortunately, most of us weren’t taught to floss as children, but it’s never too late to learn. With daily practice it will become easy. When you brush your teeth, you are cleaning three surfaces of your teeth, but your teeth have five surfaces. Floss cleans these other two surfaces between your teeth. People often get gum disease and cavities between their teeth when they do not floss everyday. Only floss the teeth you want to keep!

If you cannot master using floss, you may want to purchase a floss holder or try one of the electric flossing devices.

Wind most of 18 inches of floss around one middle finger. Wind the rest around the middle finger of the other hand. Use the thumbs and forefingers to guide an inch of floss between the teeth.

Curve the floss around the tooth in a C-shape at the gumline. Scrape the floss up and down. Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth. Remember to floss the back side of the back teeth.

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