Dental Flossing

Dental Floss are essential part of maintaining good oral Hygiene. You can not have complete Oral Hygiene with out the use of Dental Floss. Every one should use dental Floss, it can clear Dental Plaque from the areas of teeth which can not be cleaned by Tooth Brushes. It clears the surfaces between every Teeth. Flossing also prevents gum diseases.

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What is the Best time to floss?
Well it depends on you, you can floss at any time when you have spare time for Flossing with full concentration ;). Many people do floss just before going to bed, that is also a nice time to floss.

Children should also floss. As child gets two teeth which touch each other, child should floss then. But children can not floss until 10 years of age. So its your responsibility to floss the teeth of children until they get older to floss.

Children should start flossing around 3 years old. This boy is five.

There are many ways to clean between teeth, like dental pick, pre-threaded flosser, tiny brushes that reach between the teeth, water flosser or wooden plaque remover. But dental floss is one of the best way to clean the areas between teeth. You should floss in a manner that it should not lead to painful flossing. Be gentle while flossing.

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How to floss properly?
Well there are many ways to floss but i will tell you the best way to floss. Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the opposite hand. This finger will take up the floss as it becomes dirty.

Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. Never snap the floss into the gums. When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth. Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up and down motions. Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth. Don’t forget the back side of your last tooth.

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You should not use the floss which is used before as that will lead to accumulation of bacteria between teeth.

There are usually two types of Dental Floss by composition .

  • Nylon (or multifilament) floss
  • PTFE (monofilament) floss

There are further two types of Nylon, 1: waxed and 2: unwaxed. These comes in many Flavors. Nylon Floss are cheaper in price. PTFE is much more expensive,  it slides easily between teeth, even those with tight spaces between teeth, and is virtually shred-resistant.
Both types can clean if both are used in a proper way.

So use Dental Floss along with Tooth Brushing for a better Oral Hygiene , and yes you should floss single time per day :).

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