How to String Floss; Steps of Use With Pictures

How to String Floss; Steps of Use

1. Pull out, measure and cut off a piece of floss equal to the distance of your hand to your elbow. 

2. Wrap one end of the floss around one of your middle fingers three times. Wrap the other end of the floss around your other middle finger until there are a couple of inches of free floss between your fingers. 

3. Take your index finger and thumb and pinch the floss in between them with both hands (see picture). You want  2-3 inches of free floss between your right and left hands. This allows for the floss to be easily manipulated in order to contour it around your teeth. 

4. Start by gently pushing the floss between your teeth either using your thumbs or index fingers. Try not to see-saw it in as it can hurt the gum tissue. 

5. Wrap the floss towards the back tooth in a c-shape (to wrap as far around the tooth as possible). 

6. Move the floss up and down along the tooth surface (going towards the gums, then towards the biting surface). You will want to go up and down at least 2-3 times. 

7. Move the floss so it wraps around the tooth closest to the front of your mouth and repeat step 5 and 6. 

8. Continue steps 4 to 7 until you have flossed between all your teeth. 

 9. Don’t forget the very back surfaces of your last molars. This surface is often overlooked. 

Repeat daily. 

Holly Verran RDH

I am a Registered Dental Hygienist in Ontario, Canada. I hold registration and good standing with both the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario and the Canadian Dental Hygiene Association.

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