Flossing the Right Way
Brushing is great. But without flossing you’re missing 35% of each tooth's surface!
So you’re brushing twice a day. Awesome! But did you know that brushing alone won't keep your mouth clean? Proper dental flossing reaches those areas your toothbrush can't, like between your teeth and under the gum line.
5 steps to frustration-free flossing:
- Select the right dental floss for you. Ask your dentist for recommendations. Waxed floss generally slides a little easier.
- Loosely wrap 18 inches of dental floss around your middle fingers until you have about 2 inches left between your fingers.
- Hold floss firmly between your thumbs and index fingers. Gently slide the floss in a "C-shape" up and down between your teeth, working it beneath the gum line on both sides.
- Move to a clean section of floss and repeat until you have cleaned around each tooth.
- Rinse your mouth with water or an antibacterial mouthwash.
WATCH: Learn more about proper flossing technique in our quick video