Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Proper Flossing Technique

Flossing not only removes food particles from your teeth, it prevents against periodontal disease that can lead to tooth decay and eventual tooth loss. It also helps keep your breath fresh! Our doctors at Chapel Street Dental hope that each of our patients uses the floss given to them inside a dental goody bag after a cleaning. Next time you floss, give this technique a try!

  • Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the opposite hand. This finger will take up the floss as it becomes dirty.

  • Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.

  • Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. Never snap the floss into the gums.

  • When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a “C” shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.

  • Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up-and-down motions. Repeat this method for the rest of your teeth and don’t forget the molars!

If you have questions or concerns regarding preventive oral hygiene, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Chapel Street Dental in New Haven, CT, call 203-772-1000.

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