Flossing Properly Is Critically
Important As Well
Use dental floss or other
interdental cleaners, such as special picks, interproximal brushes or sticks at
least twice a day. Using these can help
loosen and remove plaque and food particles from the spaces between your teeth,
where your toothbrush cannot reach.
As you do with dental brushing,
use a gentle touch when cleaning between your teeth.
How to use dental floss:
-Wind most of 12 to 15 inches (30
to 40 centimeters) of floss around one middle finger.
-Wind the rest around the middle
finger of other hand.
-Use the thumbs and forefingers to
guide an inch (2.54 centimeter) of floss between the teeth.
-Carefully tease the floss back and
forth to guide it gently between your teeth. Curve the floss around the tooth
at the gum line.
-Hold the floss tightly against the
tooth and gently rub the side of your tooth with the floss, using a downward
-Remember to floss the back side of the last tooth as well.