Floss at least once a day to remove plaque between the teeth and below the gums. Start at one place and work all the way around your mouth. Floss between each tooth as shown below.
Wrap 18 inches of floss around your middle fingers.
Secure it with your index fingers and thumbs.
Ease the floss between your teeth.
Press it against one side, then the other, to form a C-shape.
Gently work the floss up and down.
Make sure you go below the gum line where plaque collects.
Go back to step 2 and do the other side of the tooth.
If you have a bridge or wear braces, use a floss threader to get the floss under the bridge or the wires.
Flossing every day will help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Having clean teeth also makes you look and feel better. Your breath is fresher. Your smile is brighter. And your teeth feel smooth.
Many kinds of bacteria live in your mouth. These germs collect on your teeth and gums and quickly form a sticky film called plaque. Plaque is the major cause of tooth decay and gum disease. Since plaque is always forming, it needs to be removed every day. Brushing removes plaque from tooth surfaces and around the gumline. Flossing breaks up plaque between teeth and under gums.
Date Last Reviewed: 2005-06-01T00:00:00-06:00
Date Last Modified: 2004-10-01T00:00:00-06:00
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