- An 18 inches floss is advised by most dentists. Wrap one end of the floss around your middle finger on one hand and do the same on the other. You should wrap it just enough to hold the floss tightly while flossing your teeth.
- Grasp the floss tightly and place it in between the teeth rubbing it gently but also firmly.
- Be sure not to include flossing your gums. If you should come near your gums, form a C shape to follow the shape of your tooth.
- Repeat the entire process in between each of your teeth that needs to be flossed.
- Be sure to use fresh sections of the floss when flossing between your teeth.
We all talk about why we should floss and take care of our dental health. How about we mix things up a little bit and talk about the other side of the coin? Surely you have been guilty of refusing to floss at least once in your life, but you had a "valid" reason for it, right? The truth is, valid reasons may just be an excuse for not doing it. No matter how often our dentist warns us about the dangers of not flossing, sometimes we still refuse do it. So here's a list of our excuses for not flossing and what dentists have to say about it. #1 There's no food stuck between my teeth Many of us believe that flossing only removes food particles. The most important purpose of flossing isn't just about removing pieces of food but also getting rid of the plaque in between our teeth. Plaque is a thin invisible bacterial film that can only be removed by flossing or through a deep cleaning with your dentist. #2 I don't know how to floss We can't blame you on this. Flossing is considered to be the most complicated dental practice that everyone must learn. But you don't want to let this fact stop you from flossing. Learning how to floss properly is very important in keeping your teeth healthy. According to the American Dental Association, flossing is a skill that you can learn through practice. Follow these basic guidelines for better flossing.