The Proper Way to Floss

Flossing is the best way to remove plaque from between your teeth at home.  You should floss at least once per day.  The flavor and type of floss are unimportant; choose floss that will be easy and pleasant to use.

Here is a basic, illustrated guide to proper flossing, also provided by the ADA:

Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind it 2 to 4 times around one of your middle fingers. Wind the other end of the floss 2 times around the same finger of the opposite hand. This finger will take up the floss as it becomes dirty.
Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. Never snap the floss into the gums.
When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up and down motions. Repeat this method on both sides of all of your teeth. Don’t forget the back side of your last teeth.
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