Dental Video: Flossing your teeth is critical for successfully combating poor oral hygiene

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Narrator: People who floss every day are taking a significant step in keeping their teeth clean and healthy. Periodontal disease and many cavities start between the teeth where the bristles of your brush simply can’t reach. That’s why flossing is necessary for removing the plaque and bacteria that causes these dental diseases.

To begin pull out eighteen inches of floss and wind it around the middle fingers of each hand leaving about five inches in between. Hold the floss between your thumbs and index fingers leaving about one inch to work with. Gently glide the floss between the teeth using a gentle side to side motion. Pull the floss tightly in a c-shape around the side of the tooth and slide the floss under the gum line. Move the floss up and down several times to remove all the food and bacteria. Then pull the floss around the neighboring tooth and repeat the process. Wind the floss to a fresh section and gradually work your way around your mouth cleaning both sides of every tooth. If your gums are infected they will bleed when you floss and that is to be expected if you are just begining to floss. After a week or so of regular flossing the bleeding should go away.

If you have problems reaching some areas you may want to you a floss fork or other flossing aids. Tell us if your teeth are too tight to floss. or if it catches or tears. This indicates that there may be problems in your mouth that need to be fixed. Let us know if you have any questions about your flossing. We’ll be happy to recommend the best floss for you and offer tips for keeping your teeth clean.