To take full advantage of the benefits of flossing, you must first learn the correct way to floss.

Proper flossing involves wrapping the floss in a ‘c-shape’ around one side of the tooth and covering as much surface area of the tooth as possible. Once in place, move the floss up and down along the outer surface and under the gum tissue. This technique allows the floss to clean plaque from both the outer and inner surfaces of your teeth, as well as beneath the gum tissue. These hard-to-reach spots are where the most destructive microbes live. Failure to remove plaque from these areas can cause gum diseases, such as gingivitis or periodontitis. Repeat these steps to clean all the spaces around the teeth of your entire upper and lower jaws.


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