Flossing is simple, but there are certain techniques that will help ensure that you do the best job of taking care of your teeth and gums as possible. The American Dental Association suggests these steps:

■ Use about 18 inches of floss wound around one of your middle fingers, with the rest wound around the opposite middle finger.

■ Hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers and gently insert it between the teeth.

■ Curve the floss into a “C” shape against the side of the tooth.

■ Rub the floss gently up and down, keeping it pressed against the tooth. Don’t jerk or snap the floss.

■ Floss all your teeth. Don’t forget to floss behind your back teeth.

— Source: American Dental Association


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