Am I flossing my teeth correctly?

Flossing your teeth once daily is important for preventing gum disease and cavities between your teeth, but many people don't realize that they are doing it incorrectly. Follow these five steps to improve your flossing technique:

  1. Don't worry about "wasting" floss. Use about 18 inches each time.
  2. Wind each end of the floss around the middle fingers on each hand until you have about two inches to work with.
  3. Use your index fingers to guide the floss and gently work it between your teeth and slide it up and down and just slightly beneath the gumline.
  4. Take your time and don't snap the floss. This can injure your gum tissue.
  5. When you switch teeth, unroll the floss so that you are using a clean section each time.

If you need extra assistance, one of our excellent dental hygienists will be more than happy to provide you with a hands-on demonstration so you can get the feel for proper flossing technique.