When you eat and drink, food particles and liquids accumulated on your teeth will attract bacteria to start developing on your teeth. This is why it is important that you brush your teeth on regular basis in order to maintain a high dental hygiene. Dental hygiene is much more than cleaning your teeth with a toothbrush. Yes, with a toothbrush you will be able to remove particles of food on the surface of your teeth. But you have to floss in order to get rid of food particles accumulated between your teeth. Flossing also helps you to get rid of plague that develops on the gemlike. In this way, you will be able to avoid or reduce the possibility of having mouth odor, bad breath and gum disease. Read on to know more about flossing.
What is a floss?
A dental floss is cord-like thin filament which is used to get rid of plague and food particles that accumulated and developed between teeth or by the side of the teeth. This cord-like thin filament is put between the teeth and wipe along the sides of the teeth in order to clean it because the bristles of toothbrush are not able to get to the below gumline or between the teeth. If you want to get cleaner teeth and the best benefit from flossing, it is important that you make use of the right flossing techniques and the right types of floss.
Types of floss
Floss is available in two main types, namely, the nylon floss and PTFE floss. The former is also known as the multifilament floss while the latter is referred to as the monofilament floss. Nylon floss is available in a wide range of flavors. It can also be waxed or unwaxed. It comprises many nylon strands. Thus, it is possible for it to tear or shred especially when you are cleaning side teeth that has tight space with the next tooth. The PTFE floss which is single filament floss is stronger and it does not shred or tear easily. It is suitable for cleaning between teeth with tight contact gap. However, it is more expensive than the other nylon floss.
Techniques of flossing
Wind a greater portion of the floss around each of your middle finger and then leave about 1 or 2 inches to clean with. Stretch the floss as you are holding it between your thumbs and index fingers and then move it in gently between your teeth and slide it up and down in order to clean it and remove particles of food from it. Gently go beneath the gumline by curving the around each tooth base. You should not force or snap the floss in order to avoid causing injury to the gum tissue which is very delicate. Move from tooth to tooth another using clean section of the floss. When you are done, remove the floss from your teeth using the same back and forth motion.
With the above method, you will be able to floss your teeth properly.