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To maintain optimal oral health, flossing at least once every day is essential. But many people do not know how to floss correctly. Here are a few tips to efficient flossing:

• Before flossing, wash your hands with an antibacterial soap. This is especially important if you haven’t flossed in a while because you may experience some bleeding and germs from your hands could infect your gums.
• Cut about 18 inches of floss. Wind most of the floss around one of your middle fingers and the rest around the middle finger of the other hand. The finger with less floss will take up floss as it becomes dirty. Use the extra floss to change to a new section from time to time. This prevents the transfer of bacteria from one area of the mouth to another.
• Gently guide the floss between your teeth by moving it back and forth. Never snap the floss into the gums, as this can damage the tissue.
• Using a C-shaped motion, gently slide the floss under the gums against each side of each tooth.
• Glide the floss up and down to remove plaque.
• Make sure to floss the back side of your back teeth.
• If you floss your teeth before brushing, make sure that you brush well afterward. If you brush first, use a mouthwash afterward to remove the loosened bacteria from your mouth.
• If you use a floss pick, make sure you don’t transfer bacteria. Switch to a new floss pick as needed.

Visit to our dentist today to learn more about proper dental hygiene.