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How to floss

Flossing is an essential part of any proper dental hygiene routine and is more than simply removing food that has become wedged between your teeth. Flossing helps to remove any build up of plaque along the gum line, and can also help to reduce bad breath and gum disease.

  • To floss, take 12-18 inches of dental floss and hold it so that you have a few inches of floss help taught between your hands
  • With the floss taught, place it between two of your teeth and push it as close to your gums as it will go
  • Move the floss up and down 8-10 times to remove any bits of food which may be caught between your teeth
  • Work your way around all the gaps between your teeth repeating the same motion
  • Flossing should be done at least once a day, ideally before going to bed
  • Flossing can be done either before or after brushing your teeth

If you struggle to fit dental floss between your teeth, you can try interdental brushes. They can work well for those with teeth that are particularly close together.

Avoid using toothpicks to clean between your teeth as you can risk causing your gums to bleed, which can lead to an infection.

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