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Flossing before or after brushing

Proper flossing techniques from dentist in Fairhope, AL:

Part of practicing good oral hygiene includes flossing. While brushing is the most important part of practicing good oral hygiene, flossing is just as important. Flossing is used to remove plaque build up on your teeth. Flossing gets in between your teeth where a toothbrush can not reach, as well as below your gum line. So here are some proper flossing techniques from your local Fairhope, AL dentist!

Here are some steps to help you floss correctly.

Step one:

Use about eighteen inches of floss.

Step two:

Wind the floss around your two middle fingers; only leave about one to two inches to work with.

Step three:

Hold the floss tightly between your index fingers and your thumb; this will prevent the floss from moving.

Step four:

Gently slide the floss up and down between each tooth. Be sure to follow the natural curve of your tooth, this helps to ensure that the maximum amount of plaque is removed.

Step five:

After doing in between your teeth do the front and back of each tooth, making sure you get below the gum line.

Step six:

Use a clean section of floss for each tooth.

Choosing the right type of floss for your mouth is just as important as knowing how to floss correctly. There are varieties of different types of floss, as well as a variety of flavors. If you are unsure about what kind of floss to use after reading about the different types of floss be sure to take to your dentist or dental hygienist.

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