The Fundamentals of Flossing

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It’s easy to forget to floss. After all, you’re in a hurry in to get to work in the morning, and at night, you are ready to go to bed. So, you may want to get the brushing out of the way and move on. But flossing is a very important part of keeping your mouth health. So find that container of floss in your medicine cabinet, dust it off and get to work!

First, it doesn’t matter if you brush or floss first, as long as you do both. You should floss at least once a day, but if you wear braces, you really should brush and floss after each meal or snack. Some flosses are flavored, and some are waxed or unwaxed. If you have dental work, you may find waxed floss easier to use. While many brands are made of nylon, monofilament floss is less prone to shred as you use it.

Use about 18 inches of floss, wrapping most of it around your middle fingers. Give yourself about two or three inches. Start by flossing your back teeth and work your way forward, Curve the floss around each tooth and floss below, and then away from your gumline. Use a fresh section of floss for each tooth, and throw the floss away when you are done.

Flossing is one part of your dental hygiene routine. You also need to make sure that you see your dentist for your regular cleanings and checkups. If you would like to make an appointment to see our dentists, Drs. Greco, Lanzetta, Attalienti, and you live in the Hartsdale, New York, area, call 914-205-3750 today to schedule your appointment at Hartsdale Family Dental.