What is the correct way to floss?
The proper use of dental floss removes plaque and food particles from places that the toothbrush cannot easily reach: under the gum and between the teeth. As plaque buildup can cause tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is recommended.
Take advantage of the use of dental floss and adopt the following technique:
- Taking about 45 cm (18 “) of dental floss, wrap most of it around the ring finger, leaving 3 or 5 cm (1 or 2”) of thread to work
- Hold the strained floss between the thumbs and index fingers, and gently slide it up and down between the teeth
- Curl the floss gently around the base of each tooth, making sure it passes under the gum. Never hit or force the thread, as it may cut or hurt the delicate gingival tissue
- Use sections of clean yarn as you go from tooth to tooth
- To remove the thread, use the same movement back and forth, pulling it up and away from the teeth
- What type of dental floss should I use?
There are two types of dental floss:
- Nylon (or multifilament) dental floss
- PTFE dental floss (monofilament)
The nylon floss may or may not be waxed, and there is a wide variety of flavors. Since this type of dental floss is composed of many strands of nylon, it sometimes tears or fray, especially between teeth with tight contact points.
While it is more expensive, single-filament dental floss (PTFE) easily slips between teeth, even between those with small spaces, and does not usually fray. If used correctly, both types of dental floss are excellent for removing plaque and food debris.