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Dental Floss

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The floss or flossing is a fusion of strands of very fine made in different materials such as nylon, plastic, teflon or polyethylene that is used to remove small food debris and bacterial plaque from the area interdental.

To achieve its main objective is placed between the teeth and is made to traverse the edge of the teeth, especially in the area that is located closer to the gum, in combination with tooth brushing manages to prevent infections of the gums, halitosis and tooth decay.

Sometimes, the dental floss is coated with a protection of a single layer of wax.

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Types of Dental Floss

Depending on the amount of filament you have the floss you can say that there are two types, such as:

  • Dental floss or nylon multifilament

This type of thread may or may not have a cover, waxy, and with different flavors, and in some cases, is manufactured with a great amount of strands of nylon.

Some times, tears or frays by the use, in particular when it is used between the teeth that have many tight contact points. This type of yarn is more expensive than others.

  • Dental floss PTFE or monofilament

The dental floss of a single filament (PTFE) can slide in a very easy way in between the teeth, also among those who have tight spaces and will not shred, thanks to their materials of manufacture are more soft and resilient.

If used correctly, this type of floss is excellent for the removal of plaque and debris. In addition, it is a great option if the person has sensitive gums.

If you are some other aspects of the dental floss can be divided into:

  • Waxed or not

There are dental floss coated or not with wax, although this aspect is not of great importance, since its use does not depend on, but the preference of the patient.

The effectiveness of this article does not increase or decrease, although it is proven that those who are waxed glide better and are more user-friendly if the separation between teeth is low.

  • With or without flavor

Some threads may include different flavors that would cool the mouth as the mint and also fluoride to help strengthen the enamel.

When you use Dental Floss

It is of great importance to perform a good cleaning between the teeth, regardless of the time of day you have, it is very important to perform a task in the background, no matter what time of day it will be.

It is important to choose a time of day that has a couple of extra minutes to devote to the dental care, can be done with peace of mind at the end of the day, or you can clean between your teeth when you wake up or after lunch.

Other people might please them to go to bed with the teeth clean.

Children also need to clean between the teeth, it is advisable to start with the cleaning at the moment has two teeth already touching.

How to clean between the teeth requires great manual dexterity, very young children are not able to clean them deeply by themselves until they are 10 or 11 years.

The process of cleaning between the teeth should not be painful, so you should not be performed by applying too much force so as not to damage the tissue between your teeth.

You have to be very careful because if it is done without force, it may not perform well cleaning.

In some cases you may feel a little discomfort when you start to use, but you have to keep doing it, as with brushing and cleaning between the teeth daily, that discomfort should ease within a week or two.

If the discomfort persists or you start to feel some kind of pain, you should go to the dentist and tell him this problem.

How to Use Dental Floss

To use the dental floss to cut the yarn from a length of approximately 50 cm and roll up a part of himself in one of the middle fingers.

Then roll up the rest of the thread on the same finger of the opposite hand, because this finger, you can go picking up the floss as it is used. You must draw a piece of approximately 2 to 3 cm of thread using the thumbs and index.

The thread must be inserted between the teeth with a gentle movement of the front to the back, at the time that the thread reaches the edge of the gums should be curved in a C-shape against one tooth.

It should slide smoothly in the space between the gum and the tooth until you feel a slight resistance, but should not be applied in a violent way against the gums.

The floss should rub against the teeth to remove the food debris and plaque, it is necessary to repeat these steps with each of the teeth, using a clean piece of floss for each one.

Benefits of flossing

Flossing is a very important factor in the prevention of gum disease or periodontal. As, gingivitis which is a very early stage of gum disease.

In addition, it helps to freshen your breath as there are threads that contain flavors. Removes the accumulation of plaque between the teeth if it is done every 24 hours, so that helps Polish the surface of the teeth.

Use dental floss every 24 hours, it is of great importance, as well as to brush daily helps in the removal of plaque and debris that stick to your teeth and gums between the teeth.

Whether it be any type, such as waxed, unwaxed, flavored or unflavored, and the measure of the width or regular size, the dental floss is of the type that are cleaning and removing the plate.

Wide floss or dental tape, can be an excellent option for people who use dental bridges, it is also recommended to be used by people who have a space between the teeth width of the average.

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