Dentists recommend that patients should floss daily. However, some of our patients will ask us if they are actually flossing correctly on a day-to-day basis, often asking after finding out they still had oral issues! This article will explore some of the ways that you can correctly
The Coil Method
The most common flossing technique that people will employ is called the coil method. Start by getting a thread approximately 45 centimeters long thread. This is called the coil method. Roll it in the middle finger leaving 3 or 6 centimeters to insert between the teeth and into the gums.
Hold it between your thumbs and index fingers and gently slide it from top to bottom between your teeth. Then bend the thread at the base of the tooth, so that it passes under the gum.
As you progress with the cleaning, clean sections of the thread as you switch between teeth. To remove it, move it from back to front by pushing it up so that it comes out of the tooth.
You should not make sudden movements when using dental floss because it could cause cuts or make your teeth weak and increase the chances that they break. Avoid putting it with a single push because the gums can be injured and bleed. Surround the canines to remove plaque debris. The important thing is to cover all the teeth.
The Loop Technique
Another technique for flossing is the loop. This is wrapped tightly in four fingers, tied with two knots forming a loop. Then the loop is held with the four fingers of one hand and the thumb of the other. Thus, it is introduced in a controlled way, without applying force that can damage the gum.
If you have an orthodontic appliance, pass the thread through the arch before cleaning the interdental spaces. When finished remove the food and bacterial plaque remains by rinsing your mouth. It is possible to complement the cleaning with mouthwash with fluoride.
Should You Floss Before Or After Brushing Your Teeth?
There is no specific time to complete the cleaning of the teeth with the dental floss. Just look for a time of day when you can spend more than two minutes on oral hygiene.
The order is not so important, you will get the same benefit. But if you prefer to use the thread and then brush you will first remove the interdental plate getting the brush to cover more surface. Thus, the toothpaste will penetrate more into the interdental spaces.
Instead, if brushing goes first; the thread will remove the plate that the toothbrush could not. In addition, it will reaffirm that just the first step is not enough. But the important thing is that you feel comfortable with the sequence you choose.