You have noticed that plaque is forming between your teeth? You know that it can cause tooth decay, swelling of the gums and periodontitis? To prevent all this, practice good oral hygiene on a daily basis, which also means using dental floss.
The following article provides some useful information and advice on the use of dental floss for good oral hygiene.
What is dental floss?
It is a string made up of very small, thin filaments of plastic, nylon or silk. Waxed dental floss is also sold, a variety that slides more easily along the surface of the teeth, is easier to handle and does not fray.
Dental floss is sold in small plastic boxes, in rolls holding lengths of from 10 metres to 50 metres. Once the quantity needed has been pulled out, the piece is cut with a small blade found on the plastic box, and the floss is ready to be used.
How to use it
Dental floss is inserted in the space between two teeth, until it touches the gums. Then it pulled towards the outside, causing it to climbs towards the ends of the teeth, rubbing first along one tooth and then along the other.
This detaches the bacterial plaque from the teeth, so that it can be removed for good with rinsing. The operation should be repeated 2-3 times for all the spaces between the teeth.
Even though dental floss is very simple to use, not everybody manages to do so properly. Incorrect use can result in only superficial cleaning that fails to eliminate the plaque.
Even when dental floss is used well, for an ideal treatment of the gums, it is best to have the teeth cleaned professionally at least once a year, in order to remove any plaque that we fail to eliminate with the toothbrush and the dental floss.
A highly effective method of professional cleaning is Air Flow, which shoots a stream of air, water and dust in the spaces between the teeth.
Proper use of dental floss is also recommended for patients with dental implants, in order to keep the plaque from causing swelling of the tissue around the implants.
Usefulness of dental floss
Dental floss is an indispensable tool for good oral hygiene, making it possible to remove food scraps and bacterial plaque from the spaces between the teeth, where the toothbrush bristles are not always able to reach.
In fact, a normal toothbrush is not always able to remove the plaque that builds up in these spaces, which absolutely must be eliminated, seeing that it can lead to tooth decay and swelling of the gums.
Over time, plaque can also favour the onset of periodontitis and the formation of periodontal pockets that are impossible clean with even daily hygiene of the mouth.
For this reason dental floss is also an important tool for preventing periodontal disease.