Flossing is ideal for proper oral hygiene maintenance. Floss is able to clean plaque and debris from between the teeth. Remember that you are flossing your teeth and not your gums, so keep the floss against the tooth, this will gently massage the gums as you floss below the gum line.
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Regular flossing, at least once daily, is recommended because of the short time it takes for the bacteria to "set up shop" on your teeth.
Gently slip the floss through the contacts and, making a tight "C" with the floss against the tooth, glide the floss up and down the tooth surface. Remember between every 2 teeth, there are 2 surfaces to clean. Do NOT snap the floss in as this may traumatize the gums.
Generally, it is recommended to use lightly waxed floss.
Floss can be harmful if used too forcefully, cutting the gum tissue and causing recession in the long run.
So floss carefully!
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Jossi Stokes, DDS
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