Best Practices When Flossing Your Teeth

Hi, I’m Dr. Greg Kantor from San Rafael, California. Our dental office is called, Kantor and Kantor Dentistry for Healthy Living. Today, I’d like to teach you about flossing. I know there’s a lot of flossing techniques out there, but this one I think works the best and I’ve seen some really good results from it.

The first step is, use your string floss and pull out about two feet so that you can have enough space to wrap it around your finger multiple times. I like to wrap it around my middle finger. The reason for this, is that when you wrap it around your middle finger, you get a lot of dexterity and control.

I can now use my pointer fingers, as well as my thumbs, to control the floss. So, I can use the pointer fingers, the thumbs, either one and switch off as you please. I also like to be able to get my fingers the width of the tooth apart. If you do this and you’re nice and close, you won’t flick your gums as much and it won’t damage your gums. That’s one of the most important parts, is to keep it and have a lot of control when you go through, that way you’re not flicking your gums every day, twice a day. So next, if I’m going to do my front teeth, I like to use my thumb and my pointer finger and I’ll put my pointer finger toward the inside of my mouth, like so.

If I do the back teeth, I’ll use both of my index fingers and I’ll go toward the back of my mouth. Each time you floss, when you go in between the contact, you want to pull it to one side making a C shape and go up and down three times. Pull to the left side and go up and down three times and then go to the next tooth. One, two, three. One, two, three. You can do that really fast. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. Kind of just vibrate it in between. And then, when you’re finished, don’t forget to get all the way in the back, the back of the very back tooth and just kind of do the one, two, three on the very back tooth. And then, you’re done. Pretty simple, easy way to do it.

Again, my name’s Dr. Greg Kantor. Thank you for watching the video and please subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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