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How to Floss Your Teeth

It is difficult for a toothbrush to clean areas between the teeth; this is why flossing is the recommended practice to treat these hard-to-reach spaces. The ideal frequency for flossing is similar to brushing: ideally after each meal, though one time a day (before going to bed) is the minimum.

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To begin the procedure, cut a piece of dental floss (approximately 2 feet). Wrap both sides of the floss around your middle fingers. With your index finger and thumb, glide the floss in between all of your teeth individually. When flossing, make sure you are not cutting your gums. You want to clean the teeth surfaces, not the gums. In the space located between the teeth, press the floss against each side of the tooth (hug the tooth) and gently rinse in a lateral motion. Then move to the opposite surface of the adjacent tooth.’

If you have any questions about flossing your teeth and you live in Glenview or the surrounding area, give us a call today!

 

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