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Daily oral care is vital because it enhances all other dental treatments and helps you enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile. Flossing is an important part of oral care, but many people floss inefficiently without realizing it. You can determine if your flossing is effective by comparing your habits to a list provided by Dr. Sunny Pannu.

You can floss morning or night; the time of day doesn’t matter, nor if you floss before or after brushing. After flossing, though, rinse your mouth to remove lingering particles. Lots of people floss at night because they know they are done eating for the day.


These are the following steps you should take to properly floss your teeth:


  • Extract 18 inches of floss string to wrap around your middle fingers, leaving about an inch of floss between your hands.
  • For each tooth, floss with a fresh section of the string to avoid spreading debris between teeth. Wrap the used sections around your fingers to keep them out of the way.
  • Begin with the upper teeth, inserting the floss between two teeth and maneuver it up and down against the side of each tooth, flossing the back teeth as well.
  • To floss under the gum line, bend the string to create a U-shape around each tooth.

Brushing and flossing daily are basic, but also vital to your smile. We hope you will contact New York Dental Group at 607-777-1340 today if you have questions about your oral health or would like to schedule an appointment with the dentist at our office in Vestal, New York.