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If you want to prevent major dental issues and maintain a strong and healthy smile, then you need to have an oral hygiene routine that consists of the proper techniques. This means you need to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse daily. Today, Dr. Lawrence Wu and our dental team would like to focus on flossing and explain the steps involved in a proper technique.

The first thing you need to do is get about 18 inches of dental floss. Then, wrap the majority of it around the middle finger on each hand. However, leave about an inch of floss between the fingers. Then, use the index fingers to guide the floss.

Push the floss between two teeth. As you do so, be careful. If you force the strand, it can harm your gums. When you get the floss into place, use it to scrape the sides of the teeth. This will help you remove plaque. Then, move the floss into the gum line. This means the floss will go along the bottom of the tooth and along the gums. Make sure you clean the bottom of each tooth.

Use these steps to floss each space of the mouth. This will help you remove food particles and plaque that your toothbrush could not. As you floss, please use a different section of the strand as you move from tooth to tooth.

Do you have questions about how to properly floss in San Jose, California? If so, call NuSmile Dental & Orthodontics today at 408-266-2800 and talk to our dental team. We are more than happy to help you, even if it’s just by answering your questions!