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Flossing is vital to complete oral health throughout your life. Do you know how to make sure you are flossing correctly? Let’s review some flossing basics.


–Floss once a day, for 2-3 minutes each time. This will allow you time to floss every one of your teeth thoroughly.


–Use a single-filament floss. This prevents splitting and fraying of the floss.


–Use 18” of floss wrapped around one finger on each hand. This allows you enough thread to use a new section for every tooth. This is important for reducing cross-contamination in the mouth.


–It doesn’t matter if you brush first or floss first, as long as they both get done every day.


–Don’t forget to floss behind the back molars! This is very important, as food can get stuck easily and feed the bacteria that cause cavities.


–Floss using a gentle sawing motion, easing the floss down to the base line. Don’t use fast movements or hard pressure, as this could cut your gums.


–If you are just beginning your flossing habit, it is normal to feel some discomfort or even some bleeding. However, if this discomfort or bleeding lasts for more than 2 weeks, call Dr. Ali M Arastu.


For more information on at-home dental hygiene, call Periodontal Consultants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 215-463-6677. Our team will be happy to help you with the information you are looking for!