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How to floss correctly

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How to floss correctly
How to floss correctly

Flossing is important to remove food debris that could not be removed through normal brushing, helping to prevent the formation of plaque and tartar and reducing the risk of cavities and gum inflammation.

It is recommended that flossing be daily, 1 to 2 times a day, however, ideally, it should be used after all main meals. In addition, it can be used both before and after brushing, because if the thread is carried out correctly, the result will always be beneficial for the he alth of the mouth.

How to floss

To floss correctly, follow these steps:

  1. Wrap the ends of the yarn around the index fingers or middle fingers, after separating about 40 cm of yarn;
  2. Introduce the floss between the teeth, using the support of the index finger and thumb, in case of curling in the middle finger, or the thumb and middle finger, when the thread is wound on the index finger;
  3. Pass the thread through each tooth, hugging it in a C-shaped movement. Press one side and then the other, and repeat the process 2 times to each side, on all teeth.
  4. Also pass the floss gently at the base of the tooth, which is important to remove the impurities infiltrated between the tooth and the gum;
  5. Remove the thread in a back-to-front motion to remove any remaining dirt;
  6. Prefer to use a new part of the floss for each region to be cleaned, so that bacteria and plaque remains do not pass from one tooth to the other.

Do not use too much force to insert the thread, so that it does not hurt. Also, if your gums are frequently swollen or bleeding, it could be a sign of gingivitis, so it's important to continue flossing, brushing and rinsing, and schedule an appointment with your dentist. Learn how to identify and treat gingivitis.

How to floss with braces

Those who wear braces should be very careful when cleaning their mouths, as the braces retain a lot of food residue, so you should also floss about twice a day.

To use dental floss, you must first pass the floss through the inside of the arch that connects the brackets, to then hold the floss with both hands, wrap the ends with your fingers and do the entire procedure explained in the step-by-step, repeating the process for each tooth.

As the floss is soft, to facilitate the passage of the floss behind the device, there is the Thread, which is a harder tip, made of silicone, which helps to guide the floss to the desired region.This is the only function of the floss, because then cleaning between the teeth is done normally with dental floss.

The Super floss wire also makes cleaning your teeth easier, as the firmer shank helps a more practical passage behind the arch of the braces, and then cleaning normally with the spongy or thinner wire parts.

Types of dental floss

The main types of dental floss sold in pharmacies or supermarkets are:

  • Multi-filament yarn: this is the most traditional, and there are several versions, with flavor, for example.
  • Single filament wire: it is thinner and flatter, with greater resistance, which prevents it from breaking or fraying during use, and is more suitable for people with more together who have more difficulty using the thread.
  • Super floss thread: it is a thread that has a firmer and more flexible part, a thicker and spongy part and a last part with the normal thread.It adapts to the opening of the teeth, being indicated for those who have larger spaces between the teeth or people who use braces and bridges.

Each person can adapt better to a type of dental floss and, therefore, there is no one that is more recommended than the other, however it is important to seek the dentist's guidance to know which type would be the most suitable according to the characteristics of the teeth.

How to maintain good oral he alth

In addition to daily flossing, to keep your mouth clean, free from disease and stains, it is important to clean your tongue after brushing your teeth, using a brush or a tongue cleaner and brushing your teeth at least least 2 times a day, using a soft bristle brush. See how to brush your teeth better.

In addition, it is recommended to avoid foods rich in sugar, as they favor the formation of cavities, and consult the dentist every 6 months or 1 years for a deeper cleaning and the he alth of the mouth to be evaluated..

It is also important to remember that those who wear dentures or prostheses must also be careful to clean and brush them daily and, in addition, they must be well adapted to the mouth, to avoid accumulation of plaque and wound formation.

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