Flossing

Flossing

What is flossing?

If you can floss correctly then it will remove all the plague and all of the food particles in the places that you can’t reach to get with a toothbrush.  This is located underneath your gums and between your teeth.  Plagues can build up which could lead to tooth decay and also more serious causes such as gum disease.  Flossing is very highly rated and is recommended to do everyday.

Why should I floss?

It is important for people to floss every so often.  This is because flossing will remove all type of plague, and will get in-between your teeth where you normally can’t get to.  If you do floss your teeth on a daily basis, you will have a better chance of having your own teeth for a lifetime, but also have less chance of getting either tooth decay or gum disease.  This is more important than using a toothbrush to fight against the plague, this is because the toothbrush is just made for cleaning the top and the bottom of teeth and gums, where as flossing cleans in between them to remove all the rubbish.  Some people will use different types of accessories to do it, one of the most common is a water pick, but flossing is the best option.  Most people don’t spend enough time flossing, and most of all so many people have never been taught to do it.  If you haven’t, then ask your dentist to train you how to.

How do I floss?

Flossing can be done in two different ways.  One way is the loop method and the other way is the spool method.  So, the loop method is usually suited for people who have less nimble hands, arthritis and poor muscular coordination.  The first thing to do is, take a 18ich piece of floss and make it in to a circle, then tie securely with three knots.  The next step is to place all finger in the loop excluding the thumb.  With your index fingers to guide the floss on your lower teeth then use your thumbs to floss on your upper teeth.  Also the spool method is mostly used for people manually dexterity.  Same as the other method take a 18inch piece of floss, but wind the bulk of the floss gently around your finger.  Wind the rest of the floss similar around the index finger on the other hand.  Then manoeuvre the floss with your index finger and the thumbs, but don’t go too hard on your gums or you may hurt them.  Also don’t manoeuvre it side to side.

Types of flossing

  • Nylon floss
  • PTFE floss

So, the nylon floss comes either waxed or unwaxed in different colours.  This type of floss may tear or shred after using it between your teeth and in compacted areas.  Where as PTFE is more expensive, it flosses between teeth a lot easier, even the tight compact areas, and will also last a bit longer than nylon.  If you use these both in the correct way, they are both excellent at the job they are meant to do.

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