Flossing Teeth

Instructions on how to floss properly

Things You’ll Need:

  • Floss
  • Mirror

Most cavities and periodontal disease begin between the teeth. While brushing is important, the bristles of your brush simply can’t reach between the teeth.

To keep your gums and teeth healthy, you must remove the plaque between your teeth at least once a day. Not only will it reduce the potential for gum disease but it will also give you fresher breath and a healthier smile. That’s why Coburg Dental Group recommends dental floss!

Wind about 18 inches of floss around the middle fingers of each hand, leaving about 5 inches between your hands. Pinch the floss between your thumbs and index fingers and leave about one inch in between to work with. Gently guide the floss down between the teeth, using a side-to-side motion.

If you have problems reaching some areas, you might want to use a floss fork. If your gums are infected, they’ll bleed when you floss. That’s to be expected if you are just beginning to floss. After a week or so of regular flossing the bleeding should go away. However, to make sure you don’t have a more progressive form of gum disease, visit one of our oral health therapists here at Coburg Dental Group!