Health Tip: Floss for Healthier Teeth and Gums

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Here's what experts recommend

(HealthDay News) -- Daily flossing can minimize plaque and help keep teeth and gums healthy.

The American Dental Association offers these guidelines to help you floss teeth effectively:

  • Using a piece of floss about 18 inches long, wrap it around the forefinger of both hands and hold it between the forefingers and thumbs. Forefingers will rotate the floss as it becomes dirty, ensuring that clean floss is used continually.
  • Gently ease the floss between teeth and rub it against each tooth.
  • Push the floss into a "C" shape against each tooth, sliding it gently between the tooth and gum, and up and down the tooth.
  • Repeat on each tooth, making sure to get both sides of all teeth, even those in the back.

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