HOW TO FLOSS CORRECTLY:
Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places that the toothbrush cannot easily reach: under the gumline and between teeth. As the buildup of plaque can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is recommended.
Take advantage of flossing and adopt the following technique:
- Taking about 45 cm (18 “) of floss, wrap most of it around each middle finger, leaving 3 to 5 cm (1 or 2”) of thread to work.
- Hold the floss tautly between your thumbs and index, and gently slide it up and down between teeth.
- Curve the floss gently around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gumline. Never hit or force the thread as it can cut or bruise the delicate gum tissue
- Use clean sections of floss as you go from tooth to tooth
- To extract the thread, use the same moves, backward and forward, pulling it upwards and away from the teeth
What kind of floss should I use?
There are two types of floss:
- Nylon floss (or multifilament)
- Flossing PTFE (monofilament)
Nylon floss may be waxed or not, and there are a variety of flavors. Since this type of dental floss is composed of many strands of nylon, sometimes it tear or shred, especially between teeth with tight contact points. While it is more expensive, floss of a single filament (PTFE) slides easily between teeth, even among those with small spaces, and generally they not tear or shred. When used properly, both types of floss are excellent at removing plaque and debris.