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Features you didn't know about flossing

Flossing plays an important role in oral hygiene. Some doctors tell us that with the right techniques, it helps to eliminate plaque and eliminate food particles that sneak into interstitial spaces and the toothbrush cannot reach. So, if you do a simple brushing, you lose the opportunity to improve not only the health of your teeth, but also the gums. Research has shown that regular use of dental floss can reduce the risk of gum disease.




What do I need to floss correctly?


While it is important to know how to choose a toothbrush for you, choosing dental floss does not require any tricks. You will get the desired results with most products.




What is the correct way to floss?


Although flossing may seem complicated at first, learning and practicing good technique will help you feel more comfortable and be more effective. Try these simple steps with a mirror or ask your dentist to show you how to floss your next dental checkup.


Wrap about 45 cm of floss around each finger.

Insert the thread between the thumb and the lengths approximately 2.5 cm.

Gently floss between all the teeth gently on one side and another. And pulling the thread so that it surrounds the entire tooth wall and then pull until it reaches the edge of the gums. Raise and lower the thread several times to clean the entire surface of the tooth wall.

Pull the thread to remove it. Go to the next tooth and unwind a piece of silk from the finger and wrap the end just use the other finger. Use a clean part of dental floss for each tooth along the mouth.

Tips for using dental floss


Proceed in an orderly manner - start with the upper right tooth from the back of the mouth to the upper left. Then, go from the bottom right to the back of the mouth.

Establish a routine.

Practice and improve your technique.

Refrain from tightening the thread too much while holding it around the fingers.

Rinse mouth thoroughly after flossing to remove food particles that have been evicted.

Try another type (for example, waxed or not) or brand floss if it is used and gets stuck between the teeth or if it breaks.

Ask your dentist if the space between your teeth is too narrow for you to floss.

Visit your dentist if your gums bleed after flossing regularly for some time.

Avoid dental negligence, use the floss as directed by your dentist.

Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.


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