Proper Dental Flossing

by SKHC Editor on October 21, 2010

An essential part of cleaning your teeth is flossing them.  It’s a simple process that unfortunately can get overlooked.  Flossing your teeth removes plaque from between the teeth and gumline, where periodontal disease often begins.

Here’s the proper way to floss your teeth:

  • Wind 18” of dental floss around your middle fingers.  Pinch floss between your thumbs and index fingers leaving a 1” – 2” length between.  Use your thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth.
  • Keep a 1” – 2” length of floss taut between fingers, using your index fingers to guide floss between contracts of the lower teeth.
  • Gently glide floss between your teeth by using a zigzag motion making sure not to snap the dental floss between the teeth.  Contour floss around the side of the tooth.
  • Slide dental floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gumline making sure to floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.

Simple enough, right?


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