Gentle Dental of Westland
825 S Wayne Road, Westland, MI 48186

Simple Steps for Foolproof Flossing

National Flossing Day

Flossing may seem like common knowledge, but not everyone knows the right way to floss. To make sure that you’re a first-rate flosser, check out these handy tips and helpful techniques for flossing teeth to a tee.

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association offers the following four easy steps for proper flossing:

  1. Wind – Wrap approximately 18 inches of floss between your thumbs and index fingers, pulling tightly to make a tight strand.
  2. Guide – Your index fingers should guide the floss between the bottom and top of each tooth.
  3. Glide – Move the floss between your teeth in a smooth, gentle motion.
  4. Slide – Pull the floss up and down carefully along the surface and under the gumline of the teeth, using an unused area of floss for each tooth.

Try using a hand-held flosser if you’re not a fan of the regular floss. The flossing method is similar to regular floss, but you hold the handle of the flosser instead of the strand of floss.

If you’re trying to floss around braces or other dental work, be careful not to let the floss get trapped in this dental equipment. There are special orthodontic floss products and handy floss threaders that allow for flossing in these tight spaces. Just use the same steps you would with regular floss.

Regardless of the kind of floss you select, be gentle to avoid doing dental damage. If you have any questions on flossing technique, ask an expert in family dentistry in Westland for some helpful hints. And don’t forget, November 29 is National Flossing Day!

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Westland, call Gentle Dental of Westland today at (734) 329-5284 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Westland. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Westland, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Westland.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Quick service and durring the removel i felt nothing.
Scott R.
Courteous and professional.
Michael T.
Dr and assistant were excellent!
Kelly D.
Love the staff
Erika C.
Brought my son to April for a cleaning and she made my son and i feel comfortable and relaxed. Dr. Kothari and his assistants are loving and kind. They explained everything very well. If you’re […]
Jalyn S.
Went for the first time yesterday and it was a very pleasant experience. Dentist was great, and so we’re all of the other staff members. The lady who did my x-rays was really kind.
Angela H.
Very clean and respectful
Brittney M.
My hygienist Marilyn is the best. She’s such a nice person. Doctor Hanan is nice as well and thorough. The staff is friendly as well. They are what their name says that they are. Gentle!
Crochetah J.
Great service, friendly staff
Shaun H.
The staff was so polite and caring, Dr. Carpenter was very one on one with me and explained what was happening in my mouth and his recommendations were understandable and to the point.
Kathleen M.
Very friendly staff made me feel comfortable and relaxed due to me being nervous overall geret dentist
Sherrita C.
I love this place , they have great customer service and April is so awesome,and Ashley , Lindsay is great , Renee , Tammy , Arron, I love this team. Yeah baby .
Kisha V.
The staff at Gentle Dental was very professional and courteous. I would recommend Gentle Dental to everyone I know.
Curtis P.
Dr Carpenter and his assistants are the best. Im a big big cry baby due to childhood dentist horror and they took care of me. Thanks everyone on today’s visit, Marilyn too!
Antionice H.
I had a really good experience with this place. Staff was very helpful and Lindsey was very informative and helpful with explaining my plan to me. I would definitely recommend this place
Maria K.
We were called on time of our appt…also we didn’t have to wait we were out of the office in a timely fashion
Tristen S.
This is a nice place to go 4real, everybody was nice and pleasant plus made me feel like family. That made my day getting my teeth cleaned and not feeling pain because the dentist had me listening to […]
L W.
They are nice and gentle
Donna T.
All around great visit. I had to go in on an emergency, and they were able to get me in within 24 hours. I had an unpleasant dental situation that had to be attended to, and Dr. Hanan, Tameka and the […]
Mel K.
April was very friendly. Great experience
Ahmoni W.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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