Main Menu

Flossing for Gingivitis

Say "Yes" to Flossing

Gum disease occurs when plaque, the sticky stuff that forms on teeth in response to bacteria, stays on the teeth for an extended period of time and forms tartar. It usually occurs in two stages: gingivitis, when the gums are red and swollen and bleed easily, and periodontitis, which is a bacterial gum infection due to a larger buildup of tartar.

Floss to prevent gum disease


Wrap dental floss around each index finger, leaving a short strand between them. Thread this strand between the teeth and under the gum line, using a back and forth motion. After each tooth, move to a clean section of floss. Make sure to gently push the floss up between the gums and teeth, not just between the teeth. Floss twice daily or as directed by your dentist.

Why It Works

Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth and above the gum line. This helps to prevent plaque buildup, and reduces the chance of inflammation and infection. Using floss with other proper dental hygiene can even cure a gum infection, provided the infection has not progressed too far.


Be sure to see a dentist at the first sign of gum disease, as this can become a serious problem if not properly treated. Do not force floss up under the gum line, as this may lead to pain and bleeding.

More Remedies


This information is solely for informational and educational purposes only. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of or the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Be aware that many of the techniques and remedies published on this site have not been evaluated in scientific studies. Often, only limited information is available about their safety and effectiveness. Use of these remedies in connection with other medications can cause severe adverse reactions. It is always best to speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Additional information contained in our Legal Statement

Daily Videos

In order to view the content on this page, you will need the latest version of Adobe’s Flash Player. Click here to download it. Social


Do You Take Supplements To Stay Healthy?
Yes, I take a multivitamin
Yes, I take individual vitamins
Yes, I take herbal supplements
Yes, I take various supplements
No, but I should
No, I don't believe in them
Total votes: 7086