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We all know that flossing is imperative to good oral health. It plays a huge role in cavity prevention, and without regular flossing your oral health routine will never be as effective as it could be.

However, there is a right and wrong way to floss. If you want to get the most out of your regular flossing, follow these tips.

What am I doing wrong?

A common problem our team here at Fountains Family Dental Center in Chandler, Arizona, sees in flossing habits of our patients is that they’re too rough on their teeth and gums. You want to apply enough pressure to remove plaque, but not so much that you cause undue discomfort or pain.
A lot of people also don’t move the floss properly between their teeth. Believe it or not there is a right and wrong way to do this.

How can I do it better?

To floss more effectively and get the most out of this useful part of your regular dental routine, you should do the following.
Make sure that when you floss you’re using 18 to 24 inches of floss, held tightly around your teeth in a C shape. Don’t go too tight, though. Just tight enough to make it work.

Then slide the floss between your teeth in a back and forward motion. After, you’ll want to also go up and down against each side of your tooth to ensure you remove as much plaque as possible.

Flossing may not seem like a skill you need to hone, but if you want the best oral health possible, then it’s something you need to do.
If you need more help, call us today at 480-359-1483.