While your toothbrush can remove most plaque, it cannot completely clean between teeth. For this reason, flossing daily is a must. Flossing disrupts colonies of bacteria that form along the gum line while also stimulating the gums, which helps prevent gum disease. Begin by dispensing about a foot and a half of floss. Wrap most of the floss around your middle fingers, and use your index fingers as a steady guide when flossing between teeth. Using just a couple of inches of floss, gently move the floss between each tooth in back-and-forth motions. Be sure to make a curved shape with the floss around the bottom of your tooth so that the floss cleans slightly below the gum line. Make sure you are using a fresh area of floss between each tooth so that you are not moving plaque from tooth to tooth. Avoid using too much force because this can cut or scrape the gums.
1. Pull 18 to 24 inches of dental floss from the floss dispenser.
2. Wrap the ends of the floss around your index and middle fingers.
3. Hold the floss tightly around each tooth in a C shape; move the floss back and forth in a push-pull motion and up and down against the side of each tooth.
Even though we’ve been brushing and flossing our teeth for years and years, many of us are surprised to learn that we’re not doing it properly. Case in point: Did you know that proper brushing takes at least two minutes? Most adults do not come close to brushing that long.
These four steps are the best and easiest ways to help you remember how to care for your mouth, teeth and gums:
Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes, especially first thing in the morning and before bedtime
Floss every day – usually at bedtime
Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day
Visit your dentist every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
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