- Floss at least once a day.
- Be gentle when using dental floss so you avoid damaging gum tissue.
- If long threads of regular dental floss are too hard for you to hold, use a floss holder.
- Both waxed and unwaxed dental floss work well to clean the spaces between your teeth. If the spaces are tight, waxed floss may glide more easily between them.
- Any floss that slips easily between teeth without hurting or damaging the gums is the best floss for you. If you are unsure, ask your dentist for a recommendation. Mouthwash can help remove food caught between your teeth, too; but it shouldn’t replace dental floss and tooth brushing.