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Get about half a metre of floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, then grip it with your thumbs and index fingers. Apply pressure with your thumbs for your upper teeth and index fingers for your lower teeth.

Work the floss between your teeth. When you get to the gumline, curve the floss into a C shape around the tooth, making sure you’re actually below the gumline. Then slide the floss up and down the tooth’s edge a few times on every side.

The idea is to use friction from the floss to dislodge the microscopic build-up of plaque from under the gumline.

If you want more clarification, be sure to ask Dr. Lakatos when you’re next in the clinic!