How to Floss!
Welcome to our little tutorial guide on flossing! Flossing is an important part of everyday oral hygiene, but something many people tend to skip on. Over time, failure to floss can lead to gum disease and tooth decay, so it’s important to make flossing a daily part of your teeth cleaning routine! Below are a few simple steps to help you master the art of flossing!
- Use about 18 inches of floss wrapped around one of your middle fingers, with the rest wrapped around the opposite middle finger. 18 inches might seem like a lot, but you want to use a clean section of floss for each section of teeth!
- Hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers and gently insert it between the teeth, until it is in between the gum and tooth. Once you feel some passive resistance , stop. Don’t try to force the floss in, because you can damage your gums!
- Curve the floss into a “C” shape against the side of the tooth.
- Rub the floss up and down, keeping it pressed against the tooth. Don’t jerk or snap the floss so you don’t damage your gums!
- Floss ALL of your teeth, and don’t forget to floss behind your back teeth!
- If you notice your gums bleeding the first time, that will go away after 1-2 weeks once they start to get healthy again!
And that’s it! You’re a dental floss master! Try to floss twice a day: once in the morning and once at night! Pretty soon, your teeth will be thanking you for all the special care you’re giving them!