Gentle Dental of Shelby Township
4737 24 Mile Rd Suite 1, Shelby Township, MI 48316

Make Your Flossing Flawless

National Flossing Day

Are you an ace at the art of flossing? Believe it or not, not everyone flosses properly, and some don’t floss at all. But there’s a quick fix for these flossing flaws and they all can be found in the following four tips: 

According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, there are only four easy steps to proper flossing:

  1. Wind – Take about 18 inches of floss between your thumbs and index fingers and pull tightly to create a taut strand.
  2. Guide – Your index fingers should lead the floss between the top and bottom of each tooth.
  3. Glide – Move the floss smoothly and gently between teeth in a gliding motion.
  4. Slide – Use a clean section of floss for each tooth and carefully move the floss up and down over the surface of each tooth and under the gumline.

If you don’t like regular floss, try using a hand-held flosser. The technique for flossing is similar to using standard floss, but you just hold the handle of the flosser instead of the stretch of string. There are also electric flossers that also use this technique.

If you need to floss around braces or other dental work, be careful not to let the floss get tangled. You might try using special orthodontic floss or floss threaders that enable you to floss in smaller spaces. Then use the same steps you would with standard floss.

No matter which type of floss you use, it’s important to be gentle to avoid doing damage. If you have any questions on flossing form, ask an expert in family dentistry at Gentle Dental of Shelby Township for some helpful hints on this healthy habit. And don’t forget that National Flossing Day is coming up on November 29!

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Shelby Township, call Gentle Dental of Shelby Township today at (248) 721-4086 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Shelby Township. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Shelby Township, 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 Shelby Township.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
very nice and friendly. very good dentist and cleaning done for your teeth
Robert B.
The staff at Gentle Dental in Shelby Twp have been my dental professionals for over 20 years. The facility is extremely clean, the dentists are knowledgeable and friendly, Debi the dental hygienist […]
Michele C.
My 4th time here and again a very comfortable and positive experience. All the staff seems very caring and accommodating about my needs and concerns. I have and will continue to refer this office to […]
Jim C.
Friendly and efficient staff
Don G.
Very thorough, answered all my questions, staff is friendly.
Otto A.
Phenomenal staff and service! Very happy with my experience!
Paige L.
My cleaning, x-rays and examination were all handled very professionally and efficiently, so I was done in less than one hour.
Thomas M.
James M.
Staff is friendly and service great. Very professional
Paula G.
hygentist & dentist both were concered for the best p ossible outcomes for me
Harold P.
The staff was very nice and professional. Dr Torres was great and he was very informative and explained the procedures.
Margo M.
Friendly staff, Dentist very patient with me.
Consuelo K.
Debi is the sweetest! She always makes my teeth super clean and puts a smile on my face :) I relocated to Florida and when I come back to see family I make sure to get my teeth cleaned here rather […]
Michelle M.
Quality of service
Flora U.
Great care and they don’t push unnecessary products or treatments. Just like my old family Dentist. Highly recommend.
Kay B.
Debbie is an awesome hygienist. She is a passionate about her job and it shows in the results. Kate and Joslyn are awesome too. Keep up the good work GD Shelby.
Mark M.
Very professional, helpful, and kind especially since I am not very good at handling the dentist
Meagan J.
Great service
Camilla S.
Dr. STEFFENS is great ! She took her time in explaining the procedure that she was performing and did a excellent job. Deborah, the Hygienist is fantastic ! as well . The entire staff at the office […]
Michael S.
The entire staff was extremely friendly and professional. I was comfortable the whole time.
Rachel K.
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We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

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Office Hours
  • Monday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (248) 721-4086
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