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Dr. Timothy B. Chatterley and our team encourage urge of our patients to brush and floss diligently every day. Individuals should brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. There are many people who leave flossing out of their dental hygiene routine. Others do not know how to floss properly. Our dentist and team are pleased to give you tips on proper flossing.

Start with about 18 inches of floss. Wrap most of the floss around each of your middle fingers, leaving about one to two inches in between. Hold the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers and gently work it in between each tooth. Slide the floss gently up and down between each tooth.

Use the extra floss to change to a new section periodically. The finger with less floss will take up floss as it is used. This prevents the transfer of bacteria from one place to another. Make sure you go beneath the gum line by curving the floss in a C-shape around the bottom of each tooth. Never snap the floss into the gums, as this can damage them.

If you floss your teeth before brushing, be sure to brush well afterward. If you brush first, you may want to use a mouthwash afterward to remove the loosened bacteria from your mouth.

Feel free to contact Bright Smiles Dental at 407-628-1066 today to learn more about flossing in Casselberry, Florida, and to schedule your next visit.