Flossing is the part of cleaning your teeth that’s easy to forget or think “I’ll do later”.
While understandable, it allows you to clean parts of your teeth brushing just can’t. About half of your tooth area!
The process is simple and unlike brushing, you can do this just once a day. Why not work it into your lunch or just-before-bed routine?
Flossing in 3 simple steps:
- Wind approximately 45 cm of dental floss around your middle fingers and grip it tightly between your thumbs and index fingers.
As a rough guide for the length, think the distance of the end of your middle finger down to your elbow. Obviously arms differ, but that should get you started.
- Keeping your thumb and forefingers close together, gently guide the floss between the teeth. Take care not to cut or damage your gums with a quick movement. Use a side-to-side motion to ensure the sides of both teeth are cleaned equally.
- To clean the point where your tooth meets the gum, curl the floss and slide it gently under the gum.
Alternatives / Getting More
If you have large gaps between your teeth, you can use interdental cleaners or interdental tips. There’s also the dental irrigator (also called a water flosser or water jet), that can supplement your flossing. If you’re not doing any flossing at all or wear braces, these can be helpful. They’re most useful if they are used in addition to flossing.
If you’re unsure or your gums bleed while flossing, please check with your dentist. We’re happy to help!