How To Floss

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Flossing, Step 1
Use about 18 inches of floss wound around one of your middle fingers, with the rest wound around the opposite middle finger.
Flossing, Step 2
Hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers and gently insert it between the teeth.
Flossing, Step 3
Curve the floss into a “C” shape against the side of the tooth.
Flossing, Step 4
Rub the floss gently up and down, keeping it pressed against the tooth. Don’t jerk or snap the floss.
Flossing, Step 5
Floss all your teeth. Don’t forget to floss behind your back teeth.

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