Did you know that when you brush your teeth you only clean 60% of your tooth? A toothbrush cannot reach between teeth, but floss can as it clears away the plaque bacteria that cause decay and gum disease. Many people avoid flossing, unaware that it is essential in maintaining the health of their smile. In order to floss your teeth well, follow these tips:

  • You should floss between your teeth at least once a day. It is often recommended to do this before going to bed because your teeth are more vulnerable to decay while you sleep.
  • You will wind the majority of 18 inches of floss around one of your middle fingers and some of it around the other. This will allow you to easily unwind clean floss and wind up dirty floss. You will pinch about an inch of floss between your forefingers and thumbs and use this area to clean between your teeth.
  • Be careful when sliding the floss up between your teeth, you do not want to snap it against your gum tissue. When you reach the gum line, slide the floss between it and your teeth by curving the floss into a C-shape.

You may experience some bleeding during the first couple of weeks after you start flossing, but this should only be temporary. When you regularly floss between your teeth, you can have a healthy smile. If you have any questions, you should call Donna Peterson DDS at 209-473-2521.