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The importance of flossing

Discover the benefits of flossing

Normally it is very difficult to reach the plaque and some food debris that end up hiding between the gum line and the teeth just with ordinary brushing. The only way to facilitate a thorough dental cleaning and to ensure that all food debris is removed is to floss. Therefore, in this article we want to discover the benefits of its use and how to use it correctly. As we have already mentioned, flossing not only removes plaque and helps get rid of food debris, but also helps to control bad breath, resulting in healthier teeth and gums, since excess plaque Dental is one of the main causes of cavities and periodontal disease. Some of the benefits of flossing are: –It significantly reduces the amount of bacteria that cause diseases in both gums and cavities. -Helps to eliminate remains of mainly fibrous food, such as meat. Foods that are difficult to remove without flossing. If not removed they contribute to plaque formation. -Its regular use prevents the formation of plaque and the appearance of cavities and diseases in the gums. -It also helps prevent halitosis and gingival infections.

Correct use of dental floss

As we have seen, the daily use of dental floss can bring many benefits to our oral health, but to further maximize its positive effects, it is very important to know how to use it properly and use it in the most correct way possible. For this, below we leave you a series of recommendations to use dental floss in the most efficient way possible. Clinica Faus dentists recommend flossing at least 1 time a day, but even using it 2-3 times a week is better than never using it. Although it may not seem like it, learning how to use it can be difficult the first time if you have never been taught how to do it before. Therefore, we want to provide you with some basic tips for its correct use that you can also discuss with a professional:

º Break about 40 cm of dental floss and wrap most of it around one of your middle fingers.

º Wrap the remaining part around the same finger of the other hand, this finger will collect the dental floss when it is dirty.

º Leave the dental floss well stretched between the thumbs and index fingers.

º Put the floss between your teeth and apply a friction motion, without squeezing the gums.

º When the floss reaches the gum, make a 'C' shape with it and rub it over the tooth surfaces.

º Hold the floss very smooth and rub it on the side of the tooth, up and down.

º Don't forget the back of the last tooth before the molars.

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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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