How to Floss back

How to FlossAccording to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should use dental floss twice daily to remove debris and plaque between teeth.

Clinical studies show that when used properly, dental floss can improve oral health. But overly vigorous or incorrect flossing can also result in gum tissue damage.

The American Dental Association (ADA) gives the following advice on how to floss properly:

  1. Use about 18 inches of dental floss wound around one of your middle fingers, with the rest wound around the opposite middle finger.
  2. Hold the dental floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers and gently insert it between the teeth.
  3. Curve the dental floss against the side of the tooth in a 'C' shape
  4. Wipe the tooth from under the gumline (very gently) to the tip two or three times
  5. Repeat on adjacent and subsequent teeth.

Hate Flossing? Try a Waterpik® Water Flosser

Using dental floss is important to your daily oral health routine. But you might hate flossing not because you don't know how to floss, but because it is awkward, difficult, or messy. If you are looking for an effective alternative to manual or string floss, you can floss with water instead of string!

Using a Waterpik® Water Flosser is the easier, more effective way to floss:

  • Use a Water Flosser once per day for about 1 minute. It's a pleasant experience, giving you the cleanest, freshest sensation possible.
  • A recent clinical study found that adding a Water Flosser to tooth brushing was 50% more effective than string floss and 80% more effective than Sonicare® Air Floss at improving gum health.
  • Another clinical study showed that for adolescents with fixed orthodontic appliances, the Waterpik® Water Flosser with the Orthodontic Tip was 3.8 times as effective as string flossing and 5.8 times as effective as brushing alone in removing plaque.

A Waterpik® Water Flosser can also benefit:

  • Kids who are unable to handle string floss
  • Older adults who have manual dexterity challenges, such as arthritis
  • Teens and others with braces and orthodontics
  • Anyone with crowns or bridgework

To learn more, see our clinically proven results section or ask your dentist or dental hygienist if a Waterpik® Water Flosser is right for you.

The History of Dental Floss

From silk to nylon, to water: the evolution of dental floss and its role in keeping your pearly whites strong and healthy

The History of Dental Floss


Most Americans Don't Floss

Despite being told by dental professionals that flossing is important, most people do not floss. The ADA reports that only one-third of Americans floss regularly and only one-fifth do so correctly. The result is most Americans have some degree of gum disease that can result in bad breath, and eventually tooth loss.