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How to use the dental floss correctly?

nić dentystycznaInvented in the year 1819, the dental floss quickly found its enthusiasts. A clean oral cavity was important in every society since ancient times. That’s why the creation of devices such as the toothbrushes or various toothpastes shouldn’t surprise anyone. The dental floss is one of these products, and, what’s even more important, just as essential as the most popular toothbrushes.

What to be wary of?

Before flossing our teeth for the first time, we should carefully read the instruction manual, watch instruction videos or consult our dentist. The most important and frequent blunder people make is the wrong movement – placing the floss in the interdental surface and then using both hands to move it left and right. This leads to serious damage to our gums and teeth. This method is generally known as the “bow method” because of its similarity to using a violin bow by making back and forth movements. Using the dental floss correctly isn’t hard though.

nić dentystycznaUsing dental floss the right way

Keep in mind that the dental floss should be used only once a day after brushing our teeth beforehand (it doesn’t matter which type of toothbrush we use). Only the specialized and more expensive flosses can be used more than once on a single day. In order to properly remove the remaining dental plaque from our teeth, we should spool somewhere around 45mm of the floss and place it between our teeth, before moving it using both hands, making the “up-and-down” movement. The floss should be moved from top to bottom of the teeth. Every surface should be cleaned 3-4 times. Using a separately sold handle is recommended, as it makes flossing faster and more comfortable.

Avaible floss types

Dental flosses can be divided in waxed and unwaxed. They are also avaible in many different smells. We can distinguish two types of flosses, the ones made out of single fibers (PTFE) or multiple, small nylon fibers. The former are much more expensive, but they are also precise at removing dental plaque and food remains. All thanks to their thin structure, which allows them to reach even the farthest parts of the interdental surfaces. The nylon flosses on the other hand can easily rip if we’ll use then to clean the very tight surfaces between the teeth. The type of the dental floss which is more suitable for us is an individual choice though.