Steps for Flossing like a Professional

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When you and your child visit Children's Dental Care & Orthodontics for a checkup, you might be astounded at how expertly our dental hygienist flosses your teeth. To us, flossing is an art that can be perfected with each attempt. We’d love to tell you our secret to perfect flossing. Here are the steps:

First, cut 18 inches of floss. Wind most of each end around each one of your middle fingers. Then hold the floss firmly between the thumb and forefingers on each hand, giving you a firm grip on the floss. Gently direct the floss between your child’s teeth, and rub gently along each side of the crevice. Be particularly careful along the gumline. If you look closely at the teeth, you’ll see that gum tissues curve up to look like tiny mountain shapes at the bottom point of each tooth crevice. Guide the floss along both sides of the tiny mountain, curving the floss into a C shape. Then lift the floss carefully out of the crevice. Replicate the same process with the next tooth. You’ll want to use another section of the floss to avoid contaminating the other crevices. Remember to floss the back side of the last tooth as well.

If you and your child don’t floss perfectly your first time following these steps, don’t worry. Perfecting the art of flossing takes time and practice. If you would like some in-person pointers, Dr. Carla LaLande and our expert dental team would be happy to help you at your child’s next dental cleaning in Las Vegas, Nevada. Call us at 702-254-8858 and visit us soon!