Flossing helps remove food and plaque between teeth, where your toothbrush can't reach, as well as along the gum line, where plaque tends to build up. Make sure you're flossing correctly for the best results:

  1. Step 1:Take a length of floss about as long as your arm. Wrap it around your middle finger, leaving about two inches between your hands. Use your index fingers to guide the floss between your teeth.
  2. Step 2:Slide the floss between your teeth and wrap it into a "C" shape around the base of the tooth and gently under the gumline. Wipe the tooth from base to tip two or three times.
  3. Step 3:Floss both sides of every tooth. Don't forget the backs of your last molars. Move to a new part of the floss as you move from tooth to tooth.