FAQs

Flossing my teeth

What does it mean to floss my teeth?

Flossing is the most common way of cleaning between your teeth in order to remove plaque.

It involves using a piece of dental floss which looks like cotton thread. You break off about 30-40cm of floss and wind the ends around a finger from each hand. Then grab the floss between the thumbs and first finger to obtain a tight 3-4 cm section which you can pull between teeth. Gently scrape the floss against the sides of each tooth from the gum outwards. Use a fresh piece of floss each time.

When you first begin to floss, your gums may bleed a little. This is normal and should stop after a few days. If your gums continue to bleed, then you should see a dentist since regular bleeding may indicate gum disease.

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