How to Floss Your Teeth

When patients visit Dr. Wintermantel, we strive to remind and encourage them to floss between their teeth. Flossing is very important to maintain a healthy smile, but very few people actually do it consistently. Flossing is a simple habit that takes only a couple of minutes each day, and by developing a habit of regular flossing, you can fight against periodontal disease, tooth decay, and several other oral problems. For the proper flossing technique, just follow these simple steps:

  • Use about 18 inches of floss each time.
  • Wrap the floss around each middle finger until there is about 1 to 2 inches of floss between your fingers.
  • Hold the floss tight with your pointer finger and thumb.
  • Slide the floss between your teeth. Pull the floss against one side of the tooth and move it up and down in the C-shape. Repeat on the other side of the tooth.
  • Be sure to floss all the way up the tooth and a little into the gum line.
  • Use a fresh strip of your floss for each tooth.

The American Dental Association recommends that everyone floss to help prevent serious oral problems. If you want to keep your natural teeth as you age, flossing will help you get there! Be sure to add flossing to your daily brushing routine and to your regular dental visits. Doing this will help you achieve optimum oral health. For more information about flossing please contact us at 314-968-1553 and set up an appointment to visit with Dr. Wintermantel in St. Louis, Missouri.

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