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What Is the Right Way to Floss?

August 19, 2016
Posted By: Smith Dental
Dentist in Hillsboro OR

We have all heard the recommendation from our dentists: The best way to stay on top of good oral care is to make sure you are properly cleaning your teeth at home. In order to do this, it is recommended that you brush at least twice each day and floss once.

Proper flossing of the teeth helps remove food particles between the teeth where a toothbrush cannot easily reach. Flossing also helps remove plaque between the teeth and under the gum line; this avoids plaque buildup and helps prevent gum disease.

Let’s take a look at what your Aloha dentist recommends as far as how to floss your teeth properly.

Proper Flossing Technique

There is technique involved with flossing, and to maximize the benefit you receive from flossing, you’ll want to make sure you are doing it properly.

  1. Starting with about 18 inches of dental floss.
  2. Take the floss in both of your hands and wind it around each middle finger, making sure you have an inch or two of floss with which to work.
  3. Hold the floss taut, sliding it up and down between your teeth.
  4. Curve the floss around the base of each of your teeth to ensure you hit below the gum line. Always be gentle when flossing around the gums.
  5. Grab a clean section of floss each time you move to a new tooth.

What Is the Best Floss to Use?

The best kind of floss to use is one that is comfortable for you and that you will use on a regular basis. Basically, you have two types from which to choose:

  1. Nylon (or multifilament) floss
  2. PTFE (monofilament) floss

Nylon floss comes in a variety of flavors, and is either waxed or unwaxed. Single filament floss usually costs more, but it is less apt to tear or shred between even the tightest spaces between teeth. Both types of floss do a great job removing plaque and food particles between teeth..

Review of Correct Flossing Technique

Here is a quick review about how to floss properly:

  1. Use a strand of floss of floss that is about 18 inches long.
  2. Gently follow the curves of your teeth.
  3. Be sure to clean beneath the gum line but do so gently.

If you have any questions about flossing, or if you are due for a dental cleaning, give us, your Aloha dentist, a call!

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