How To Use Dental Floss

Dental floss is a plastic or nylon ribbon used to remove plaque and food from in between the teeth. Flossing is essential to oral and overall health. We at Huffman Family Dentistry are happy to provide these helpful step-by-step instructions explaining the correct way to floss.

Step 1:
Before brushing, take out an arm’s length of flossing thread, about 19 inches, and coil each end around each of your middle fingers. Grasp about an inch of the floss with your pointer finger and thumb.

Step 2:
Softly glide the floss between your teeth in a slicing motion. Make sure you do not end up snapping the floss in between the teeth as that can lead to gum injury.

Step 3:
Position the floss in such a way that it hugs your tooth in a “c” shape. Gently slide the thread up and down the tooth surface, making sure it only goes a little below the gum line. When finished, place the floss to hug the tooth in the reverse direction, and repeat.

Step 4:
Floss all your lower and upper teeth. It’s best to work in a clockwise direction, starting with the upper molars on the left and ending with the lower molars of your left side. As you begin moving to each tooth, undo the floss from your index fingers, and wind it back so you are always using a new section.

Step 5:
Once you are done flossing, brush your teeth and rinse them with a mouthwash or plain water. It’s best to floss before brushing. However, if you do not have the time to do it in the morning, make sure you floss in the evening before going to sleep.

For more information on how to floss or to talk to an expert about the best way to keep your teeth clean, call Huffman Family Dentistry today.