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How should I floss my teeth?

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To floss your teeth:

  • Use about an 18-inch strip of floss.
  • Floss the top teeth first, then the bottom.
  • Push the floss between the teeth. Be careful not to push too hard and injure the gums.
  • Move the floss up and down against the tooth and up and around the gum line. The floss should form a C-shape around the tooth as you floss.
  • Floss between each tooth as well as behind the back teeth.
  • Use a clean section of floss as needed, and take up used floss by winding it around the fingers.

From: Caring for Your Teeth and Gums WebMD Medical Reference

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American Dental Association.    

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on November 13, 2018

SOURCE:

American Dental Association.    

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on November 13, 2018

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