How to Properly Floss Teeth

Our last article discussed how important it is that you floss teeth on a regular basis.  As a recap, Dr. Baggaley recommends that all of his pediatric patients floss teeth daily.  Brushing alone is like going war wearing only half of the armor.  At Dr. B’s Dentistry for Children we want to see our valued patients face each day with as much plaque protection as possible.

Dr. B is also a parent and knows what a battle it can be to get your little ones excited about the process.  In order to ensure that the flossing ritual is worth every ounce of the effort it requires, let us outline the key points of proper procedure when you floss teeth.

  1. Wrap approximately 18 inches of floss around your middle fingers and press it between your thumbs and index fingers.
  2. Leave 1 – 2 inches between your index fingers.
  3. Use your thumbs to guide the floss between your upper teeth and your index fingers to direct it between your lower teeth.
  4. Be gentle as you work the floss between the teeth in a zig-zag motion.
  5. Curve the floss around the side of each tooth.
  6. Slide the floss under the gum line as well as along the sides of the teeth.
  7. Be sure to contour the floss around the back molars even though there are no teeth behind them.
  8. Floss each tooth with a clean section of floss.
  9. Rinse the mouth with water.
  10.   Brush your teeth.

The type of floss you choose is of little consequence.  That said, it may feel important to your children.  Including them in the selection process just might entice them to look forward to floss teeth daily.

We at Dr. B’s Dentistry for Children are honored to be your provider choice for pediatric dentistry.  We are here to serve you and are always ready to answer whatever questions you may have.

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