Tuesday, June 27, 2017

How to Floss Properly

During your routine cleaning, if Dr. Lis Bradley, DDS is telling you that you need to floss more, well then you better start listening to her.  Flossing has many benefits, such as removing food particles from your teeth that can cause bad breath and periodontal disease. However, like brushing your teeth, there is a correct way to floss. Instead of flossing as if you’re in a rush, next time you’re in front of the sink, try utilizing this technique.

The correct flossing technique goes something like this:

  • Wind 18 inches of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Pinch floss between thumbs and index fingers, leaving a one-to-two-inch length in between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth.

  • Keep a one-to-two-inch length of floss controlled between fingers. Use index fingers to glide floss between contacts of the lower teeth.

  • Gently guide floss between the teeth by using a zig-zag motion and be sure to contour floss around the side of the tooth.

If you have questions or concerns about preventive oral care, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at the practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lis Bradley, DDS in Brentwood, TN, call 615-778-0810.

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