You should floss under both sides of each flap of gum tissue between your teeth. The following technique has proven to be very effective: Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind a good bit of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the rest around the middle finger of the other hand. Grasp the floss with the thumb and forefinger of each hand, leaving about an inch of floss between the two hands to work with.
Pull the floss taut and use a gentle sawing motion to insert it between the two teeth. When the floss reaches the tip of the triangular gum flap, curve the floss into a C Shape against one of the teeth. Then slide the floss gently into the space between the tooth and the gum until you feel resistance. Holding the floss tightly against the tooth, scrape up and down five or six times along the side of the tooth. Without removing the floss, curve it around the adjacent tooth and scrape that one too. Repeat on the rest of your teeth. Don't forget the far sides of your rear teeth. When the floss becomes frayed or soiled, a turn of each middle finger brings out a fresh section of floss. After flossing, rinse vigorously with water.
don't like manipulating floss, try one of the commercial floss holders.
They have limited flexibility, however, and you must use them with care
to avoid injuring the gum. You may have trouble working with the floss
between certain teeth, or the floss may consistently break or tear in certain
areas. Several causes are possible, including calculus buildup, or improperly
installed fillings. Please let us know if this problem occurs. Flossing
between bridges requires additional instruction and the use of floss threaders.
Alternatives to floss includes such things as StimudentsR, Perio-AidsR
or Plac-piksR. Please discuss these tools with your dentist or hygienist
before using them. None of these are as good as floss in tight areas between
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