Brushing your teeth twice a day helps remove a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. However, bacteria can also be found between teeth, where your toothbrush can't reach. Flossing helps remove plaque from between your teeth and around the gum line.
Use enough floss so you can hold the ends comfortably in your hands (about 45 cm). Wind the floss around both middle fingers and support it across your thumbs and index fingers.
Floss at least once a day and remember to insert the floss gently with a side-to-side motion- don't snap it into place.
Hols your thumbs and index fingers closely together to guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion.
Curve the floss into a C shape around the tooth at the gum line in order to clean the neck of the tooth.
Scrape the floss up and down moving the floss away from the gum line. Use a clean segment of floss to repeat on the rest of your teeth. Remember to floss the back side of the last tooth.
If you find it difficult handling floss, ask your dentist or hygienist to show you again. Alternatively, you may want to use a commercial floss holder or tie floss in a loop.