Dental floss is a great supplement for maintaining the health of your teeth and mouth, which can also help prevent tooth decay in places that are hard to reach with toothbrushes. Dental floss and a toothbrush ensure complete cleaning of all five sides of your teeth. In this article you can read about the proper and effective use of dental floss.
Using dental floss
The use of dental floss is a mystery to many people and many of them do it wrong. The most common mistake is pulling the dental floss in and out between our teeth – this does not clean the entire interdental area. In order for the area between the teeth to be completely cleaned, dental floss should not only be moved in and out, but also up and down, all the way to the gums (taking care not to injure it).
With this in mind, clean your teeth with dental floss as follows:
• Pull an appropriate amount of dental floss out of its box and tear it off.
• Wrap the ends of the torn dental floss around your index fingers and use it to clean your upper teeth.
• Clean the lower teeth the same way, but here you will also want to use your thumbs to hold the floss.
Is it worth using dental floss before or after brushing your teeth (and how often)?
In general, it is enough to use dental floss once a day, however, if you feel that you need to use it more than once, feel free to floss several times a day (just make sure it does not irritate your gums).
Use of dental floss is best with brushing your teeth, so you will not forget it and it will not be a matter of mood (since you are already
dealing with your teeth when you are about to brush your teeth). Since fluoride toothpastes are more effective after using dental floss, it is worth starting with flossing when cleaning your teeth. This will also loosen the plaques between the teeth, which will then be easier to be removed by tooth brushing.
However, home care is not enough
However, oral care at home is not enough for perfectly clean and healthy teeth. Dental screening every six months and dental hygiene treatment is definitely worth it if you want to avoid dental issues such as tooth decay or periodontal disease.
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