Using dental floss: oral care tips. Part 2
After choosing the appropriate brand and type of dental floss, it is important to master the technique of using the product to achieve the best results.
- Cut a piece of floss for cleaning, usually about 40-60 cm. After a few attempts, determine the optimal length for yourself.
- Wind the ends of the floss around the fingers of both hands so that the working part of the floss is at least 7-10 cm. You can use your index fingers or middle fingers – choose what is more convenient.
- Hold the floss between the index and thumb of both hands to control its tension and position.
- Start cleaning with the central incisors, the movements should be smooth and careful near the edge of the gums to avoid damaging them.
- Insert the floss into the interdental space, carefully pass it under the gum and wrap it around one tooth for maximum cleaning.
- Press the floss against the tooth surface and pull it out to the cutting edge.
- Clean each tooth on both sides with back-and-forth movements.
- Treat each tooth surface with a new clean section of floss to prevent the spread of bacteria.
- After using dental floss, rinse your mouth with mouthwash or clean water.
Are there any contraindications?
It is not recommended to use dental floss in case of gum inflammation and bleeding. Cleaning in this way can worsen the situation. It is recommended to first undergo treatment with a periodontist.
There are situations when floss should be used with caution:
- Wearing braces. In this case, the treating doctor will help choose cleaning products depending on the type of correctional systems.
Taking care of health is a top priority for each of us, and dental care is an important part of this care. The frequency of dental visits and the need for treatment depend on the correctness and regularity of hygiene procedures.
Dental floss is an inexpensive, easy-to-use, and important addition to a toothbrush, toothpaste, and irrigator. The habit of using it regularly will help avoid a whole range of problems. The main thing is to use it correctly and treat your teeth gently.
There are many additional hygiene products, such as toothbrushes, various types of toothbrushes – from regular to electric, different types of irrigators, and other products. Only a dentist can select suitable hygiene products that are suitable for you and your teeth.