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Find the Right Way to Floss for You

Graphic illustration of two people learning the right way to floss with string floss.

Flossing is an essential component of good oral hygiene, helping to prevent gum disease and remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. However, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to flossing. Finding the right way to floss for you is essential for maintaining a healthy smile.

Flossing with Traditional Floss

Traditionally, one of the most effective flossing methods is string floss. Here are some string flossing tips:

  • Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around your middle fingers, leaving a few inches of floss to work with.

  • Gently slide the floss between your teeth, curving it into a C-shape around each tooth and moving it up and down to remove debris.

  • Be gentle to avoid damaging your gums. Use a fresh section of floss for each gap.

This way can also be used with floss threaders, which is primarily helpful for people with braces or dental bridges!

Flossing with Floss Picks

  • Hold the floss pick handle and insert it gently between your teeth.

  • Slide the floss up and down the sides of each tooth, making sure to get into the gum line. Gently rock back and forth to floss the curve of the tooth.

  • Dispose of the floss pick after use.

Flossing with a Water Flosser

  • Fill the water reservoir and adjust the pressure setting to your comfort.

  • Aim the water jet between your teeth, moving it along the gumline.

  • Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific water flosser.

Comprehensive Dental Care in North Carolina

Whether you have braces or not, flossing daily is key to maintaining optimal oral health. If you have any questions about the right way to floss for your mouth, or would like to schedule a routine appointment to determine the best method of flossing for you, please get in touch with our team. With our comprehensive services, we can provide advice and tailored treatment to your unique needs.

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