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Dentists strongly advise not to ignore such a small and very important accessory for oral hygiene as dental floss. It is able to get rid of many problems and diseases. Be sure to include it into your daily hygiene routines, and we will tell you how to properly use dental floss. It is absolutely simple and will bring great benefits to your health. After all, it is much more pleasant to visit a dentist for preventive purposes than to treat bad teeth.

Dental floss: 3 reasons to start using it

Flossing is considered to be a basic rule for oral care. It comes as a complement to toothpaste and brush, but does the work that a brush cannot do. However, many adults ignore flossing, which increases the risk of developing gingivitis, gum disease and periodontitis.

Read also: Causes of caries: how to protect your teeth

Therefore, here are three reasons why you should take flossing more seriously:

1. Flossing can clean areas of your teeth that a toothbrush can't reach

Each tooth has five surfaces: chewing, buccal, lingual, two interdental. At home, only three surfaces can be cleaned. The interdental space and  space under the gum is not subject to a conventional toothbrush. We can not even suspect it, but it it is where most food remains get stuck. If not removed, they become the most common cause of gum disease and cavities.

 

Dental floss easily cleans the space between the teeth and effectively gets rid of food debris in teeth.

2. Flossing increases the chances of keeping teeth and gums healthy for as long as possible

For the health of teeth and gums, it is necessary to remove bacterial plaque daily — it is a colorless collection of bacteria on the teeth. Only dental floss can remove plaque from the interdental space. Dentists consider this to be very important, since caries in these places immediately spoils both adjacent teeth.

Regular flossing helps to avoid serious infections — periodontitis, which destroys the bone that supports the teeth.

Read also: Bringing  Gum Order: Treatment of Periodontitis

3. Flossing freshens breath

Food particles that a toothbrush can't handle can be one of the causes of bad breath. Dental floss solves this problem, and it can also be impregnated with menthol, which further freshens the breath.

How to use dental floss: step by step instructions

Although there are different types of dental floss, they all effectively remove plaque and food debris. You can choose the most comfortable floss for your teeth. For example, waxed threads are soaked in wax, so they are recommended for beginners. The floss will easily penetrate into the interdental space. Threads that are round in shape are suitable for those who have a large distance between their teeth, flat threads — for tightly fitting teeth.

To benefit from brushing your teeth, you need to know how to properly floss:

  1. Wash your hands before the procedure.

  2. Rewind about 45cm of floss and wind it around your middle fingers.

  3. Hold the thread between the thumbs and forefingers of both hands.

  4. Pull a small section of the floss over and gently pass it between your teeth.

  5. Make simple up and down motions, including the back of the tooth.

  6. Near the base of the tooth, go just below the gum itself to clean its cervical part.

  7. Brush every tooth. To do this, always take a new section of thread. Don forget your wisdom teeth.

If this is your first time flossing, you may experience slight gum bleeding or soreness. Normally, they should pass in a couple of days. If the condition worsens, it is worth contacting a dentist for treatment. It might be related to some kind of gum disease.

Read also: About what bleeding gums say

Dental floss will be harmful if it is used incorrectly. All movements must be careful and  smooth, so as not to injure the gums.

You can floss twice a day during the morning and evening brushing.

 

Reminder on how to floss

Dental floss is needed to clean hard-to-reach surfaces of teeth. This will help you have healthier teeth as it reduces the risk of cavities, gingivitis and periodontitis.

You can floss twice a day, and before and after meals.

  • Do this with clean hands.

  • Take a new piece of floss for each tooth.

  • Remember that your movements must be gentle and soft.

Read also: Dental floss: how to choose and correctly use

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