The 7 Steps of Correct Tooth Flossing

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Flossing once a day ensures that you are properly cleaning away plaque from between your teeth, preventing gingivitis and cavities. But you can only clean your teeth well if you are flossing the right way. Here are the 7 steps your need to take in order to correctly floss your teeth.

Step 1: Wash your hands.

Step 2: Pull out 18 inches of floss and wrap it around your middle fingers.

Step 3: Tightly hold the floss between your forefingers and thumb, allowing about an inch of space between.

Step 4: Carefully slide the floss between your teeth. Do not snap it up against the gum line. Instead, use a gentle, rubbing motion to get the floss between your teeth.

Step 5: Curve the floss into a C-shape when you reach your gums and slide it into the space between the tooth and gum.

Step 6: Pull the floss away from the gum and rub it up and down against your tooth. Repeat this process on the adjacent tooth.

Step 7: Floss the rest of your teeth (including the space behind your last tooth). Wash your hands.