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Prevent cavities, bad breath, stained teeth, bleeding gums, and other mouth woes with the advice in these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- About a ft. and a half of dental floss
- A mirror
- And some mouthwash or water
Choose your floss. Waxed floss slides between the teeth easier than unwaxed floss.
Break off & wrap
Break off about 18 inches of the floss and wrap most of it around your index fingers, leaving about 4 inches between your hands.
Move back & forth
Looking in your mirror to see what you're doing, move the floss gently back and forth, guiding it between two teeth.
Clean gum line
Curve the floss around one of the teeth and, once the floss hits the gum line, gently move it back and forth, cleaning the crevice between your tooth and gum.
Floss under gum
Carefully slide the floss up under the gum and scrape down on the side of the tooth.
Curve the floss around the other tooth, gently move it back and forth, and carefully slide it up under the gum and scrape down the side of that tooth.
Move to an adjacent space to clean, changing the area of the dental floss you are using.
Floss until all clean
Continue to floss until you've cleaned between all of your teeth.
Rinse with mouthwash or water, then bare your pearly whites to the world.