How to Make Flossing Simpler

How to Make Flossing Simpler

Posted by COMPLETE DENTAL HEALTH on Nov 10 2021, 06:01 AM

How to Make Flossing Simpler

Cleaning your teeth daily is an effective way to ensure good oral health as bacteria buildup can lead to cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. Brushing is essential. But did you realize that simply brushing your teeth isn't enough to keep your mouth clean? 

Floss can reach areas that your toothbrush cannot, such as between your teeth and under your gum line. It is very efficient when done regularly. 

Here are a few tips and tricks on flossing properly that our experienced dentist offers patients:

How to Floss Your Teeth Properly?

  • Take around 18 to 24 inches of dental floss and cut it in half. To hold the floss correctly, wrap the majority of it around both of your middle fingers. Only around 1 to 2 inches of floss should be left for your teeth.
  • Hold the floss carefully between your thumbs and index fingers.
  • Insert the dental floss between two teeth.
  • Gently move the floss up and down the tooth, rubbing it on the surfaces of both teeth. Do not push the floss into your gums as this may scratch or bruise them.
  • Curve the floss at the base of the tooth to produce a C shape as it reaches your gums. This enables the floss to enter between your gums and your teeth.
  • Repeat the procedure as you travel from tooth to tooth. 
  • Use a fresh piece of floss to floss each tooth.

Remember that although brushing and flossing are important, you should also schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings twice a year. We offer the best dental care services and can help you prevent oral issues and maintain your dental health. 

Benefits of Flossing Your Teeth

Helps Eliminate Plaque

Flossing regularly can help eliminate plaque buildup from between the teeth and prevent oral health issues like gum disease.

Reduces the Chances of Cavities

Flossing between your teeth at least once a day will help remove concealed food particles and plaque buildup, as well as reduce your risk of tooth decay.

Prevents Gum Disease

Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day help in the prevention of gum disease. Professional cleanings performed every six months can also help maintain your gums healthy.

Reduces Bad Breath

Halitosis (bad breath) is a common issue. Flossing is one of the techniques which you can use to keep bad breath at bay.


Call us at  (541) 928-6622 or schedule an appointment online for the best dental care and experience.

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