This is a follow up to our previous post, “Creating A Flossing Habit to Keep Your Teeth Clean.” Sure, a flossing habit is important, but so is proper flossing technique. We’ve put together some quick tips to ensure you get the most benefit out of flossing.

Before we dive in to actual technique, let’s quickly recap the benefits of regularly flossing:

  • Flossing removes plaque and food particles in nooks and crannies between your teeth that toothbrushes can’t normally reach.
  • If this build-up isn’t removed, it can lead to a number of problems, including halitosis (bad breath), gum disease and tooth decay.

Types of floss that are best for cleaning your teeth:

  • Nylon (waxed or unwaxed) – cheaper, but can tear when getting in to tight spots. 
  • PTFE – More expensive, but made with a single filament, making it more durable. 
  • “Flossers” – Little disposable plastic flossers that hold a small stretch of floss. Great for ease-of-use.

Flossing Technique:

  • To properly floss, use about a foot to a foot and a half of floss, with all but about an inch wound around your middle or index fingers–or use a flosser (see above).
  • Slide the floss gently up and down between your teeth, and work around each tooth while taking care to get down in your gums (be gentle to avoid injury to sensitive gum).
  • If you’re using traditional floss, be sure to rewrap the floss so you use clean floss as you move between teeth.

Here’s a great video that outlines proper technique:

If you follow the simple steps outlined above, you should be able to maintain excellent oral hygiene. However, there’s no substitute for regularly visiting your dentist for deep cleanings and checkups. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, be sure to schedule an appointment soon!