Brushing your teeth well is important for oral health, but flossing is also very useful. Flossing can remove food and plaque between the teeth and under the gums that the toothbrush cannot reach. If left untreated, plaque can cause tooth decay or periodontal disease.
American science web magazine ‘SciTechDaily’ presented how to use dental floss for oral health.
Flossing, recommended once a day
The American Dental Association and most dentists recommend flossing once a day. Dental health experts say you should brush your teeth at least twice a day. As mentioned earlier, flossing helps remove food debris and plaque that gets stuck between teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach.
Why not fly a few times a day? If used correctly, there is little risk of flaking more than once a day. If you don’t know how to do it right, frequent flossing can irritate your gums and cause discomfort.
How to use dental floss correctly?
△ It is more important whether the dental floss is comfortable to use rather than waxed or unwaxed floss. If you wear braces, waxed floss is better because it is less likely to get caught in the wires.
△ Wrap a suitable length of floss around the two middle fingers, or use a floss holder if the floss is difficult to hold.
Hold both ends of the floss between your thumb and forefinger. Floss the floss gently with your fingers in a ‘C’ shape so that the length of the floss is about 10cm on both sides of the tooth to be flossed.
△ Between each tooth, move the floss up and down below the gum line, then gradually back and forth.
△ Be careful not to injure the gums by pulling the floss suddenly.
If you feel pain or discomfort while flossing, stop immediately.
When to floss? Before or after brushing?
There is no set rule about whether to floss before or after brushing. However, some studies have shown that there are benefits to flossing before brushing. This is because flossing removes plaque and food debris from between the teeth so they can be removed with a toothbrush. However, it is safe to floss after brushing your teeth.