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Dr. Chad Catron and our team encourage each of our patients to brush and floss diligently every day. Individuals should brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. Unfortunately, there are many people who do not know how to floss properly. Our dentist and team are pleased to give you tips on proper flossing.

Before you begin, wash your hands with an antibacterial soap. Begin with about 18 inches of floss. Wrap most of the floss around each of your middle fingers, leaving about one to two inches in between. Hold the floss tautly between a thumb and finger on each hand and gently work it in between each tooth. Slide the floss gently up and down between each tooth.

Use the extra floss to change to a new section from time to time. The finger with less floss will take up floss as it becomes dirty. Make sure you go beneath the gum line by curving the floss in a C-shape around the bottom of each tooth. Never snap the floss into the gums, as this can damage the tissue.

If you floss your teeth before brushing, make sure that you brush well after. If you brush first, consider using a mouthwash afterward to remove the loosened bacteria from your mouth.

We invite you to contact Catron Family Dentistry at 918-696-4200 to learn more about flossing in Stilwell, Oklahoma, and to schedule your next visit.