A Guide to Flossing

Plaque is a bacterium that is sticky and colorless at first but can turn yellow or brown if it stays on the teeth for a long time.

Dental plaque must be removed because it can result in tooth decay. This happens when the tissues of the tooth are destroyed by the high levels of acid present in the bacteria. Also, the prolonged presence of the bacteria can lead to problems like gingivitis and periodontitis.

Due to improper cleaning, such harmful plaques begin to reside on the teeth. People often assume that just brushing their teeth will help remove the bacteria but it is, in fact, the dental floss that eliminates 80% of the plaque.

But the lack of awareness of the dental floss is not the only reason people do not floss. A lot of the people who are aware of flossing refrain from it since it is slightly difficult to use. Cleaning one’s teeth using dental floss requires a lot of dexterity.

 Instead, people would rather opt for unusual, and possibly hazardous “cleaning” items such as fingernails, folded papers, cards, cutlery, and safety pins. These are hazardous because not only will the items like safety pins injure your gums, but they are also full of germs that can disrupt your oral hygiene. Hence, you should be flossing your teeth with the right kind of floss.

Choose the right floss

A lot of flosses made of materials such as nylon and Teflon are very effective, however if the person has larger spaces between their teeth they should use a flat wide dental tape. If a person has teeth that are much closer together then they should try a thinner floss that is shred resistant. For people with bridges and braces, a floss threader, which looks like a needle, is recommended.

How to use the floss

Wash your hands: because you will be putting fingers in your mouth especially the gums you will have to make sure that they are clean.

Wind: take an 18-inch floss and wrap it around the middle or index finger of one hand and then a smaller amount onto the middle or index finger on the other hand. The middle finger is preferable since it allows you to manipulate the thread wherever you want. Then inch the floss with the thumb and index fingers of both hands, leaving an inch of gap in between.

Glide: with floss held between your fingers either just insert it on one side of your teeth or form a C shape around your tooth to clean out both the areas simultaneously. As you move to the next tooth, make sure to unroll a new set of floss present between your fingers.

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