How to Floss Your Teeth

Flossing is a vital activity for keeping teeth clean, and can significantly reduce the chances of tooth decay, cavities and gum disease.

To properly floss your teeth break off about 18 inches of floss winding most of it around one of your middle fingers with the remaining floss around the same finger of the opposite hand. Hold the floss tightly between your forefingers and thumbs. Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle motion. When the floss reaches the gum line, gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth. Repeat this procedure for each tooth using a fresh part of the floss, and make sure to floss behind your last tooth.

The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where the toothbrush can't reach. The main benefits of flossing are that it prevents tarter build up, cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Plaque buildup on your teeth needs to be removed on a daily basis.