What is dental flossing?

Dental Flossing

How often should you brush and floss your teeth?

Brush your teeth 2 times a day, in the morning and at night. And floss at least once a day.

  • Use a toothbrush with soft, rounded-end bristles and a head that is small enough to reach all parts of your teeth and mouth. An electric toothbrush may work better than a regular toothbrush. Ask your dentist which type of electric toothbrush to use.
  • The type of floss you use isn't important. Choose the type and flavor you like best.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste. Some of these toothpastes also offer tartar control. It may help slow the formation of hard mineral buildup (tartar) on the teeth.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.

How to use a flossing tool

Person using a flossing tool to floss, moving floss up and down between two teeth.
  1. Gently work the dental tool floss between your teeth toward the gums.
  2. Curve the floss around each tooth, and gently slide it under the gum line.
  3. Move the floss firmly up and down several times to scrape off the plaque. Popping or snapping the floss in and out between the teeth without scraping will not remove much plaque and can hurt your gums.

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