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How to Floss Your Teeth Properly

Posted on 2/6/2023 by Evan
How to Floss Your Teeth ProperlyFlossing cleans and removes food particles stuck between your teeth. This, in turn, decreases the amount of plaque and bacteria present in your mouth.

While people typically brush their teeth every day, they do not floss regularly. Daily flossing is highly recommended to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Here is a step-by-step flossing guide that you can follow:

Flawless Flossing Technique

Simply flossing is not enough. It is imperative to floss your teeth in the correct manner. If you are confused about the right way to go about it, here are simple instructions to get started:
•  Take a dental floss about 18-24 inches long.
•  Wind most of the floss around your middle fingers, leaving only about 1-2 inches for the teeth.
•  Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
•  Place the floss between two teeth and gently move it up and down so that it rubs against both sides of each tooth.
•  Once the floss approaches the gum line, twist it into a C-shape against a single tooth.
•  Proceed by sliding it into the gap between the tooth and the gum.
•  Keep repeating the steps for each tooth.
•  When moving from one tooth to another, make sure you use a new, clean part of the floss.

Types of Floss

You will find two major types of floss available: nylon (non-filament) and PTFE (monofilament). Nylon is available in waxed and unwaxed variety. It usually comes in multiple flavors. It may tear or shred at times, especially when used between teeth set closer together.

Single filament (PTFE) floss has a better quality and can easily glide between your teeth. While it is more expensive, it can effectively remove plaque and debris. If you find its use complicated, you can go for floss picks, water flossing or other alternative flossing instruments.

It is important to floss every day in order to maintain good oral hygiene. If you have toothache or any other dental health concern, schedule a visit with us at Thurston Oaks Dental by calling us at Thurston Oaks Dental today.
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