How to Floss

Before delving into how to floss, let’s first discuss why flossing is so important. Using an interdental cleaner, such as floss, allows you to clean hard to reach areas, such as in between the teeth and the. While brushing your teeth twice a day allows you to clean the majority of your teeth’s surfaces, there are areas in the oral cavity that your brush simply can’t clean properly, that is where flossing comes in

Flossing should be done at least once daily. By practicing proper interdental cleaning you can help prevent tooth decay, bad breath, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Want to learn more about these common oral health problems due to poor oral hygiene? Read our articles, “What is Gingivitis?” and “Bad Breath Causes”.

How to Floss - 5 Simple Steps

1. Using an arm’s length of floss wrap each end of the floss around your middle fingers.

2. Hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers - using your forefingers to apply pressure for lower teeth and thumbs for upper teeth.

3. Use a seesaw motion to glide the floss in between the teeth - do not “snap” the floss down on the gum line.

4. Using a “C” curve, allow the floss to curve around one tooth going below the gum line and then the other.

5. Repeat for your entire mouth.

Flossing Tips

1. Start at the back of the upper jaw and complete the entire upper jaw before moving down to the lower jaw. This will ensure that you do not miss flossing between any teeth.

2. Unwind new floss from one hand to the other as you go, so that you are flossing with a fresh piece of floss.

3. You may experience some bleeding in your gums. This is a sign that your gums actually need to be flossed more often.

4. Don’t forget your rear molars - meaning flossing behind the rear molars.

5. Rinse with mouthwash once you are done flossing.

Have more questions about flossing? Be sure to ask your hygienist on your next visit. They can actually give you a hand mirror while they show you how to properly floss.