How To Use Dental Floss & The Importance of Flossing


Many people understand how to properly brush their teeth and know why it is so important. Flossing, on the other hand, isn’t as straight-forward. Dr. Markogiannakis will help you learn to correct techniques for the most optimal results. 

How To Floss

Take an arm’s length of floss or dental tape and grasp it so you have a couple of inches of floss taut between your hands.  Slip the floss or dental tape between the teeth and into the area between your teeth and gums, as far as it'll go.  Floss with several strokes, up and down between each tooth, to dislodge food and plaque.  

Importance of Flossing

Flossing isn't just for dislodging food wedged between your teeth. Regular flossing may also reduce periodontal disease and bad breath by removing plaque that forms along the gum line. It's best to floss before brushing your teeth because you’re more likely to skip it if you wait until after.

You can use interdental brushes or single-tufted brushes instead of flossing, especially if there are larger gaps between your teeth. Some examples are proxabrushes and softpicks.  The brush or bristles should fit snugly between the teeth. Never use toothpicks to remove trapped food from between your teeth as you may damage your gums, which could lead to an infection. Your dentist or hygienist can advise you on the best way to use interdental cleaning for your teeth.


Dr. Markogiannakis has been helping people achieve beautiful smiles for years in the greater Washington DC area. If you have any dental needs, feel free to reach out to our office.


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