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.

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My experience was great today, and my 1st time here. My hygienist Tamika was gental with the bitewings & x-rays, Dr. Hanan was informative when I asked questions, and Lindsay was thorough with […]
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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.
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.
Gentle Dental is the perfect name for this office. Thank you Frances Ashley Marilyn Ronnie and the rest of the staff that take their time with their patients. Loving and warm environment.
David M.
Best ever nicest people i needed a emergency tooth extraction and they did it right away i will recommend everyone i know!!
Stephanie N.
Tammy made me feel more comfortable she’s beautiful
KEIAUHN M.
Always willing to work with you. Service was excellent and staff was friendly!
Mikel F.
They did a pretty good job.
Curtis P.
I had great service while there
Dijon M.
They are nice and gentle
Donna T.
Courteous and professional.
Michael T.
Love the staff
Erika C.
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.
I love this place and all the front counter staff they are very clean and fast with they service
Foelife T.
Very professional and kind.
Barbara M.
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.
My hygienist Marilyn is very personal. She made me feel comfortable. She was very thorough in explaining my treatment plan. You can tell that she really enjoys her job. I would definitely recommend […]
Keseanda R.
The staff is very friendly and helpful. I got dentures and you can tell they take pride in their work.
Jeremy H.
My experience with ashley and Dr gatari was awesome and don’t have anything bad to say.i had a extraction done without any pain in my mouth and my wallet.thanks all of you and see you soon.
Tim E.
Just went in for the first time in years an tammy an dr geller where real nice polite an made me feel real comfortable an they had a great sense of humor great place found my dentist office for life
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  • 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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