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Ask the expert: is there a correct way to floss?

Use up-and-down motions, pressing the floss tightly against the tooth surface

Dr Joy Antony
25 Jan 2016 | 10:01 am

I know flossing teeth is essential, but I almost always end up with inflamed gums and cuts. What is the correct and safe way to floss?


You should floss at least once a day to remove the plaque from the areas between your teeth the toothbrush can’t reach. But the fact that you end up with cuts and inflammation on your gums after flossing could be an indication that you have a gum disease, where the gums get swollen and start bleeding easily.

Another reason for this could be that you are using too much force while flossing. Use a gentle sawing motion while trying to ease the floss between the teeth. Never snap the floss into the gums. Once you reach the gum line, you should curve the floss into a C-Shape against one tooth and gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.

Use up-and-down motions, pressing the floss tightly against the tooth surface. Do the same for the rest of your teeth.

If your gums continue to bleed, consult a dentist to rule out any gum disease.

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Dr Joy Antony

Dr Joy Antony

is CEO of Dr Joy Dental Clinic, which has branches in Jumeirah 04-3285332, Mirdif 04-2845722, BurJuman 04-3555357 and Karama 04-3979522. Website: www.drjoydentalclinic.com