How to Floss Correctly for a Healthier Smile

Proper flossing ensures a healthier smile by removing plaque and food particles from between your teeth. Follow these steps to floss correctly:

  • Use about 18 inches of floss, winding most around your middle fingers, leaving an inch or two to work with.
  • Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
  • Gently slide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. Avoid snapping the floss into the gums.
  • Curve the floss into a C shape against one tooth and gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
  • Move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of the tooth. Repeat on the other side of the gap.
  • Use a clean section of floss for each tooth to avoid transferring plaque or debris.

Regular flossing reduces the risk of cavities and gum disease, promoting overall dental health.