Here’s How You Should Be Flossing

 Flossing can be quite the chore if you’re not used to it. With time and practice, you’ll get to the point where you can do it in less than two minutes. The way you floss is very important. Incorrect or infrequent flossing won’t do you much good.

There are many different techniques and materials for cleaning between teeth. For now, here’s how Dr. Murshed Rahman recommends patients use regular floss.

1. Most people do fine with 12 inches or less of floss. Wrap one end around your middle or pointer until you are left with a length of about 2 inches stretched securely between your thumbs and pointer fingers.

2. Keeping the floss taut, gently ease it between tight teeth with a gentle sawing motion. Don’t slam the floss down between teeth as this can cut gums.

3. Once you’re past the point of contact between two teeth, pick a tooth surface and stick to that side. Hug the tooth in a C-shape with the floss.

4. Gently slip floss just below the gum line. Use an up-and-down motion to clean the tooth while the floss is wrapped around it.

5. Without pulling floss completely out from between the teeth, gently move it out of the gums. Switch to the other tooth surface to do the same.

6. Pull the floss tightly between your fingers and firmly snap it up out from between your teeth. If it gets stuck, it’s okay to unwind it from your finger and pull floss all the way through between the teeth.

That’s all there is to it! Unwind the floss on your fingers and rewind it so that you can move on to a fresh spot as needed. Move on to flossing the other teeth until you’ve cleaned every side surface of every tooth.

How are you doing with your flossing? Your smile care routine doesn’t just affect your teeth – it has big implications for your health, too. For oral hygiene tips customized to your unique smile needs, contact Dr. Rahman here at Vanguard Dental Solutions.