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What is the proper flossing technique?

  1. Extract approximately 18-inches of floss
  2. Wrap the floss around your fingers - most of it to one finger
  3. Start with the lower front teeth, then the upper front teeth, and finally to all the other teeth. Don't forget to floss behind your last molar.
  4. Work the floss gently between the teeth until it reaches the gum line. Do not "snap" the floss in as this motion may harm your gums.
  5. Curve the floss around each tooth and slip it under the gum. Slide the floss up and down. Do this for both sides of every tooth, one side at a time.
  6. Adjust the floss so that a clean section of the floss is introduced as you move from tooth to tooth.

Oral Care Tips

  • Floss at least once a day. Flossing helps to prevent periodontal (gum) disease by removing plaque. Proper flossing removes plaque from between your teeth that brushing misses.
  • Waxed, un-waxed, flavored, or plain floss all do the same thing so use whichever type of floss you prefer
  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Visit your dentist regularly


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