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Are You Still Flossing Back and Forth?

Posted on 3/20/2017 by Dr. Smith
A blond woman flossing her teeth.
It used to be that everyone took the floss, slid it back and forth, and thought they were done when they did this in each of the gaps between the teeth in their mouth. Fortunately, that's no longer considered the norm.

Now, a much better method of flossing is being used, and it is helping people get healthier teeth and gums. If you are still flossing back and forth, you may not be doing as much for your teeth as you could be.

How to Properly Floss Your Teeth

When it is time to floss your teeth, first you need a good long piece of floss. Some people like doing a slightly shorter piece for the top, and getting another piece of the same size afterwards for the bottom. You start with the floss curled around your fingers at one end, and slide the floss between the first gap between your teeth.

You take that clean portion of floss, press it against one of your teeth in that gap, and slide the floss out from between your teeth. You then get a new, clean area of floss, go into the same gap, and press the floss against the other tooth.

Scrape the floss down to rid your teeth of debris, and then move on to the next gap. You want a new piece of floss for each tooth in each gap, so you aren't spreading bacteria around your mouth.

When done flossing, rinse your mouth out with water and spit it out. Then, if you'd like, you can rinse with mouthwash to coat your mouth in fluoride to help prevent tooth decay.

To find out more about how to properly floss, contact our office at your next appointment. That way, you know you are getting the best advice for your mouth specifically.

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Forest Grove, Oregon 97116

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