According to dental experts, sawing floss along the gum line is a common flossing faux pas. This painful “shoe shine” motion often causes gums to bleed, deterring people from continuing to floss. Contrary to popular belief, it makes little difference whether you floss before or after brushing. More importantly, floss once daily and rinse your mouth afterwards to remove any dislodged debris.
Follow our simple five-step guide and floss your way to oral health:
1. Break off 30 cm of floss, winding most of it around one of your middle fingers
2. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the other hand, which will take up the floss as it’s used. Grasp the floss between thumb and forefinger
3. Guide the taut floss gently between your teeth and gum line, but don’t snap it into the gum
4. Curve the floss in a C-shape into the space between tooth and gum, sliding up and down
5. Repeat on all adjacent teeth, including the back surface of your last tooth
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