The surfaces between the teeth are difficult to reach with a toothbrush. Because of this, the best way to clean between the teeth is by flossing. Like brushing your teeth, the ideal frequency for flossing is after each meal. However, one time a day (before going to bed) is the minimum necessary frequency for flossing your teeth.
To begin, cut a piece of dental floss that is approximately two feet long. Wrap the sides of the floss around your middle fingers until there is about two to three inches between them. Using your index finger and thumb, glide the floss between all of your teeth one by one. Made sure that you do not cut your gums when you floss. Flossing is meant to clean the surfaces of the teeth, not the gums. Press the floss against each side of each tooth and gently move it back and forth and up and down. Hug the tooth and gently slide the floss beneath the gums. Then move to the opposite surface of the adjacent tooth.
We invite you to contact our dental office today to schedule your next visit with our dentist, Dr. Blake Lawlor, and to receive more instruction about flossing in Wichita, Kansas.