Flossing Your Teeth: The Basics

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We have all heard that brushing your teeth twice a day is important. It is! Brushing is vital to your continued oral health. However, it is also important to support your brushing habit with consistent, daily flossing.

To Floss:

— Take a piece of floss about 18 inches long and wind it around your index fingers.

— Then, gently slip the floss in between your front two teeth. Using gentle pressure, glide the floss back and forth in a sawing motion. This removes the plaque from between teeth.

— Clean around each tooth. Use a clean section of floss every time. The 18 inches should give you enough to use a new section in between every tooth.

It does not matter whether you floss before or after you brush, as long as you do it. If you are just forming your flossing habit, it is normal to feel some discomfort. If it persists for more than 2 weeks, talk to your dentist.

If conventional flossing is difficult for you for any reason, talk to Dr. Michael Hollingsworth about other approved interdental cleaners. It is important that you use only interdental cleaners approved by the ADA specifically for this purpose.

Along with daily brushing and flossing at home comes regular dental visits and professional cleanings. You should visit your dentist at least twice a year. If you live in the St. Joseph, Missouri area, be sure to call Dr. Michael Hollingsworth at 816.232.8788 for an appointment today. Our team will be happy to see you.