What is the importance of dental flossing?
Dentists and hygienists always recommend flossing your teeth once per day either before or after teeth brushing. Flossing remove food remnants, dental plaque and calculus from those tight areas between the teeth and under gumline; these areas cannot be cleaned properly through using toothbrush alone.
“Take the F out of floss and you get loss”
Accumulation of dental plaque between teeth can lead to gum inflammation; this will lead to more serious problems as bleeding during teeth brushing, bad breath and even spreading of inflammation to the underlying bone causing teeth loosening!
How to floss my teeth?
- Take about 18 inches of the floss.
- Wind most of it around your middle finger then wind the remaining floss around the middle finger of the opposite hand.
- Hold the floss between your thumbs and middle fingers.
- Put the floss between two teeth till just below the gumline.
- Adhere the floss to one of the two teeth then pull the floss out slowly.
- Repeat these steps on all your teeth.
Which is better waxed or unwaxed dental floss?
According to the material used there are waxed and unwaxed dental floss, make sure to use the waxed one as it slides easily between teeth and it is less likely to break.
Are there other types of dental floss?
Yes, and they are for more specific cases and easier to use as:
- Floss threaders for people who wear braces.
- Disposable dental flossers for children.
- Electric flossers for people who cannot manipulate normal dental floss.