Is It Time To Change Up Your Flossing Technique?

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By Dr. Christine Binert

If there’s one thing patients tell me they should be doing more of, it’s flossing.

The truth is, most people don’t like to do it. It requires a bit more time and effort after brushing. Some people are afraid of hurting their gums or making them bleed.

But … if your gums are healthy, they definitely shouldn’t bleed when flossed properly. If your teeth bleed regularly, there’s a chance you have gingivitis. This is the first stage of gum disease – and trust me, you don’t want that. It’s linked to several serious health problems that will do more than damage your smile.

In order to prevent infection, it’s a must that you floss properly daily. In this blog, I’ll tell you exactly how to get rid of the bacteria that hides below the gum line, between the teeth, by flossing once a day.

  1. Slide a piece of wax floss under your gumline and wrap it tightly around your tooth in a “C” shape.
  2. While holding the floss tightly between your thumbs and index fingers, move it up and down on both sides of the tooth to remove plaque.
  3. Repeat these steps for each tooth – with a clean piece of your floss.
  4. Make sure you don’t snap the floss into place as this can harm your gums.

You may notice some bleeding initially, but it should subside in a week or so. But if it doesn’t, or you’re unsure that you’re doing it right, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Dental Care Group. As your Danforth dentist, we will provide you any guidance you need to ensure your at-home hygiene routine is the best it can be.

We can’t wait to hear from you … and answer questions you have about your oral health!


Dr. Chris Binert graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, 1983 with honors. She has been a member of the Ontario Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Association since her graduation.

Dr. Binert is currently an instructor at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, and has taught there for over 25 years. She is currently the Director of the Dental Care Group.