May 31, 2021 - minute readminutes read

How to Floss Your Way to Better Health

Flossing is an important part of oral hygiene, as it helps to remove plaque. 


While a toothbrush is great to remove plaque and food particles from most surfaces, it is too big to reach between your teeth where leftover food and plaque tend to accumulate. This is why using floss or another interdental tool is so important. Daily flossing after toothbrushing is a great way to ensure you cover and remove plaque from all surfaces working to prevent tooth decay.

Plaque is a sticky biofilm made up of bacteria that forms on the tooth surface, including between the teeth. If not removed properly, it can compromise the health of your gums and teeth, causing gum disease, bad breath, yellow teeth, gum bleeding & recession and potentially lead to overall health issues.

Want to perfect your flossing technique and care for your oral and general health? Watch our video below and follow our tips for a healthy mouth, smile and body! The basics of dental care can benefit everyone but remember, we are all different. This is why you should visit your oral health practitioner twice a year for personalised care and a professional clean.

Flossing can be tricky, watch our video to learn how to floss like a "pro"

Grab 35-40 cm of floss. Hold the floss & wrap it around each middle finger, keeping a short section taut between your thumbs and index fingers.

Gently slide the floss between your teeth. Don’t push too hard to avoid damaging your gums.

Gently slide up and down in a zig-zag pattern.

Don’t forget to floss just under the gum line, using an up-and-down motion. When changing sides, make sure to use a clean section of floss.

A FEW THINGS you may be wondering about: 

Everyone is different, and the type of floss can make a difference in how well it works. Are your teeth very tight? Do you have sensitive gums? Or maybe you just got braces? If you’re looking for a solution that takes into account your specific needs head to our page on how to choose the best floss for you.

We all get food debris and plaque stuck between our teeth so we all can benefit from flossing. Ideally, you should floss once a day after brushing your teeth. For people with limited dexterity, flossing may be a challenge. Many people find it easier to clean between their teeth with interdental floss picks or brushes.

Plaque is soft so it can be removed mechanically using different tools such as floss. Flossing is particularly suited to people with tight interdental spaces and good dexterity. Remember that plaque tends to build up below the gum line as well as between teeth so always make sure you floss both areas daily.

An unpleasant smell and/or taste when you floss may be due to food stuck between your teeth. Flossing more regularly and effectively should help with this. However, persistent bad smell and/or taste may be the sign of another issue, in which case you should contact your oral health practitioner.

If you find flossing too difficult or time-consuming, or if it just isn’t for you, there are other options. Consider using GUM® EASY-FLOSSERS or GUM SOFT-PICKS® to remove plaque effectively in a different way.