The Right Way to Floss

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The American Dental Association recommends we floss once a day. It doesn’t matter if you floss before or after you brush but incorporate it into your routine at least once daily. In the morning, midday or before bed, remembering to floss can save you from cavities and gum disease.

Flossing removes debris and plaque that builds up between your teeth, which isn’t always removed from just brushing. The type of floss you use is based on your preferences, so find what works for you. If using traditional dental floss, consider the following:

  1. Start by pulling out about 18 inches of floss and wrapping it loosely around your index or middle finger on one hand. For the other hand, wrap about 2 or 3 inches around your finger, just enough to hold it in place. The reason for putting so much on one hand is that you’ll want to use a clean section as you make your way through your mouth.


  1. Next, measure out about 2 to 3 inches of floss to start with in between your hands. Start at one end of your mouth and place the floss in between the 2 teeth. Wrap the floss around your tooth in the shape of a C and use a zig zag motion to pull the floss.


  1. As you move from one tooth to the next, continue to expose a fresh section of the floss to each new tooth. Make sure you are getting underneath the gum line to help avoid gum disease.


If you would like to schedule a dental appointment and learn more about flossing, contact local dentist in Newburgh, Dr. Michael Koumas.


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