Flossing 101

Do you floss already or are you planning to start flossing? Whether you’re a pro at flossing or a beginner, we’ve provided you information in this post that will help floss the right way. If you follow these steps then you should become a flossing pro in no time!

  1. Start with a string of floss that’s about 18 inches in length. While unwinding the floss, wrap it around each middle finger leaving just about 2inches of floss not wrapped around your fingers so you can work with the that section of string.
  2. Then take the floss and hold it firmly between your thumbs and index fingers. As you do that you’ll want to gently slide the string of floss up and down between the teeth.
  3. While flossing, make sure to bend the string of floss around the base of each individual tooth so that you’re reaching your gum line. Be sure you don’t break the floss because this can cause harm to your gum tissue by cutting or bruising the area around the gum line.
  4. When you move from tooth to tooth, be sure to unravel the floss string from your fingers so that you’re using a clean part of floss for each area of your teeth.

Another aspect of flossing is the type of floss that you use. Did you know that there are a variety of flosses that you can choose from? If you aren’t sure as to which floss you should be using, speak with your dentist so that they may be able to recommend the right type of floss depending on your teeth. Below is a list of a few of the types of floss that you could use:

  • Nylon Dental Floss (available as waxed or unwaxed floss as well as multiple types of flavors)
  • Dental Tape
  • Monofilament Floss (also know as Polytetrafluorethylene floss – PTFE)
  • Super Flosses
  • Floss Picks

Should you have concerns or need more assistance on how to floss then consult your dentist or watch the video we shared below:  “(Flossing Teeth Properly, How to Floss | Colgate®)”