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A visit to your dentist is usually accompanied with a reminder to floss once a day. However, many people avoid flossing because they don’t have the time, they don’t like doing it, etc. But there is a reason your dentist tells you to floss. It is very important for your dental health, and here’s why.

Why it is Important to Floss

Oral bacteria and plaque spreads all over our teeth. A toothbrush can’t clean between teeth, but floss can. If left unflossed, the spaces between teeth grow plaque which hardens to tartar. Additionally, flossing prevents gum disease and cavities.

How to Floss

Flossing is important, but so is doing it correctly. Here are the necessary steps to floss right.

  • Wash your hands.
  • Pull out 18 inches of floss.
  • Wind the floss around your two middle fingers.
  • Hold the floss between your forefingers and thumb (with only an inch of space between).
  • Gently slide the floss between your teeth with slow, rubbing motions (don’t pull up hard against the gum).
  • When you reach the gum line, curve floss into a C-shape and slide between the tooth and gum.
  • Rub floss up and down against the tooth, pulling away from the gum. Repeat on adjacent tooth.
  • Wash hands when finished.

If the floss frays or dirties, then unwind some fresh floss from one of your middle fingers while winding the extra on the other. Don’t forget to clean the space behind your last tooth.