How to floss your teeth
Flossing is a procedure for cleaning gaps in between your teeth, gaps that a toothbrush cannot reach. Correct flossing helps get rid of plaque and food particles in tough to reach places in the mouth such as — under the gum-line and between your teeth.
Flossing is recommended by dentists as a daily activity for cleaning your teeth as a build up of plaque eventually leads to tooth decay. Flossing should be done in addition to brushing and not as a substitute for brushing.
Floss looks like a yarn or thread. It is very flexible and can be stretched easily. Floss is manufactured in two varieties:
PTFE (monofilament) floss: as the name suggests there is only one filament or strand that makes up this type of floss.
Nylon (or multifilament) floss : this type of floss has multiple strands or filaments twisted together to make up one yarn or thread like structure.
PTFE or Single filament floss is s little more expensive as compared to multifilament floss. It slides easily between teeth; this includes even those with tight spaces between teeth. PTFE is practically shred-resistant meaning it does not break easily.
Multifilament floss or Nylon floss is available in both types, waxed and un-waxed. It also comes in a variety of flavours to choose from. This type of floss being made up of multiple strands or filaments of nylon is likely to tear or shred or break sometimes, especially while flossing between teeth with tight spaces. Nevertheless, using the right method of flossing, both types of floss are excellent at removing plaque and debris.
Tips on how to floss your teeth correctly:
In order for you to gain maximum cleaning benefits from flossing, you must use the proper flossing technique. Given below are some pointers to help you with the correct way of flossing your teeth.
- Take about 18 inches of floss to work with. You will use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth winding up or breaking off the used potion of the floss as you go along. That is why you start with a long piece or floss. Wind most of the floss around the middle finger on each hand, leaving approximately an inch or two of floss that you will use to clean your teeth with.
- Hold the floss tight between the thumb and index finger of each hand. Ensure that it is stretched tight. Then insert it between the two teeth that you want to clean and slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth to dislodge any food particles and plaque build up.
- When you reach the bottom of the tooth, gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth. Ensure you go beneath the gumline. Don’t suddenly jerk the floss or force it, as this movement may cut or damage the delicate gum tissue causing it to bleed.
Use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss upwards and away from the gumline to remove the floss from between your teeth.None found.