Penn State Hershey Medical Center home Penn State Hershey Medical Center home Penn State Hershey: Patient Care home Penn State Hershey: Education home Penn State Hershey: Research home Penn State Hershey: Community home
Penn State Hershey Health Information Library
  Library Home
  Find A Physician
  Find A Practice
  Request An Appointment
  Search Clinical Studies
  Classes and Support Groups
  Ask A Health Librarian
  Subscribe to eNewsletters


Penn State Hershey Health Information Centers
  Bone and Joint
  Cancer
  Children
  Heart
  Men
  Neurology
  Pregnancy
  Seniors
  Women

        Follow Us

Health Tip: Floss Properly

Here's how

(HealthDay News) -- Among the universal laws of dentistry is the need to brush and floss regularly. But are you flossing correctly?

The American Dental Association offers these instructions:

  • Using a piece of dental floss about 18 inches long, wrap each end around a finger.
  • Hold the floss taut between your fingers.
  • Gently rub the floss between each tooth, slowly going back and forth. Don't push or snap the floss.
  • Carefully shape the floss into a C at the gum line, and slide it between the gum and tooth.
  • Press the floss firmly against the tooth, carefully sliding it up and down against all sides of the tooth. Then proceed to the next tooth.
  • Throw away the floss when you are finished.



-- Diana Kohnle

Copyright © 2017 HealthDay. All rights reserved.