Dental Floss & an 8-Steps Guide to Do it Right

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Are you ready to master the art of dental flossing? In this blog post, we present an essential 8-step guide that will empower you to achieve effective and proper flossing techniques. A healthy and radiant smile awaits as we unravel the secrets to optimal oral hygiene.


In our previous blog, we explored the diverse range of interdental cleaners available in the market and delved into the significance of flossing for maintaining excellent oral health. If you haven’t read it yet, click here to catch up on why flossing is an essential component of your dental care routine.


Now, let’s dive into our comprehensive 8-step guide, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to master the art of dental flossing. Get ready to take charge of your oral health as we unveil the secrets to achieving a confident and captivating smile.


The 8-Step Guide to Dental Flossing:

Dental floss is a thin thread-like material that is designed to reach the tight spaces between your teeth, where toothbrush bristles can’t reach.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to floss properly:

  1. Break Off an Adequate Length: Cut off around 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 cm) of floss. Wrap the majority of it around your middle fingers, leaving a small section to work with.


  1. Hold the Floss: Hold the floss tightly between your thumb and index finger, leaving about 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) of floss to work with.


  1. Insert the Floss: Gently guide the floss between two teeth using a gentle back-and-forth sawing motion. Avoid snapping the floss into your gums, as it can cause injury.


  1. Curve Around the Tooth: Once the floss reaches the gumline, curve it into a C-shape against one tooth. Slide it carefully into the space between the tooth and the gum.


  1. Clean Along the Tooth: Move the floss up and down, applying gentle pressure against the side of the tooth. Ensure you reach below the gumline but be gentle to avoid causing discomfort or bleeding.


  1. Repeat for Adjacent Teeth: Slide the floss out from the first tooth and repeat the process for the next tooth, using a fresh section of floss. Remember to floss both sides of every tooth, including the back teeth.


  1. Don’t Forget the Back Teeth: Use an up-and-down motion to floss the back side of your last molars. You can use a fresh section of floss or switch to a new flosser or floss pick if needed.


  1. Rinse and Discard: After flossing, rinse your mouth with water to remove any loosened debris. Discard the used floss or floss pick properly.


Remember, if you have dental work like braces, bridges, or dental implants, you may need to use additional tools like floss threaders or interdental brushes to clean between those areas effectively.



Take the time to floss diligently, and you’ll reap the rewards of a cleaner mouth, healthier gums, and a dazzling smile. Aim to floss at least once a day, ideally before brushing your teeth at night, to effectively remove plaque and debris.

Make flossing a priority, and let it be the secret weapon in your quest for optimal oral hygiene. Your smile deserves it!



1: Should you floss before or after brushing your teeth?

Ans: The ideal sequence is to floss before brushing your teeth. Flossing first helps loosen plaque and debris from between your teeth and along the gumline, allowing the toothbrush bristles to reach more surface area during brushing.

2: Is a waterpik better than flossing?

Ans: In terms of superiority, it’s important to note that neither method is inherently better than the other.

Waterpik, also known as a water flosser, uses a stream of water to clean between the teeth and along the gumline. It is beneficial for people with braces, or those with dental implants, as it can reach areas that may be challenging to clean with traditional floss.

Flossing physically removes plaque and debris by sliding the floss between the teeth and along the gumline. It can effectively disrupt and remove plaque, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

3: Is it ok to reuse dental floss?

Ans: No, as it may reintroduce the bacteria and plaque into your mouth, which are stuck on it from the previous use.


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