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What do you need to know about flossing?

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What do you need to know about flossing?
Flossing helps you to remove the plaque from areas where a toothbrush doesn’t reach.

Here are some key elements of proper flossing technique

Guide: Keep a one- to two-inch length of floss taut between fingers. Use index fingers to guide floss between contacts of the lower teeth.

Glide: Gently guide floss between the teeth by using a zig-zag motion. Contour floss around the side of the tooth.

Slide: Slide floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gum line. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.

This technique applies to any type of floss: waxed, unwaxed, spongy floss or dental tape. It doesn’t matter where you start flossing.

Just make sure that you floss all your teeth, including the back side of the very last tooth on the left, right, top and bottom of your mouth. And don’t forget to floss under the gum line and along the sides of teeth that border any spaces where teeth are missing -- food particles can become trapped in these spaces, too.






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