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Dental floss is used to clean the interdental spaces of bacteria. But when it comes to the question of whether the application is really advisable, opinions often diverge. Learn here how useful floss really is and how to use it properly.
How useful is the use of dental floss for interdental cleaning?
General dental care and brushing is the best way to prevent dental disease. But on average our toothbrush only reaches 70% of the total tooth surface. Our interdental spaces can not be detected by the conventional toothbrush. But this is exactly where more and more bacteria accumulate over time.
Without regular cleaning of the interdental spaces arise plaque and plaque. This in turn causes unpleasant gingivitis, periodontitis and tooth decay.
Flossing provides protection against periodontitis and tooth loss
Gingivitis is very widespread and lead without treatment usually to further periodontitis, the inflammation of the periodontium. Periodontal disease is the main cause of tooth loss and only the thorough cleaning of interdental spaces can protect against it.
Dental floss for caries prophylaxis
At the age of about 15-45 years, caries forms predominantly in the interdental spaces and not on the smooth tooth surfaces. That is why flossing at this age is particularly effective for the prevention of tooth decay. In addition to dental care, it makes sense to have a professional dental cleaning (PZR) performed by your dentist every 6 months.
4 tips: How to use floss correctly
Tip 3: Your gums bleed after using dental floss? This often happens because the accumulated bacteria and plaque often cause inflammation of the gums. Now it is especially important to clean the interstices regularly. After repeated use you reduce the harmful bacteria sustainably and the bleeding stops.
Tip 4: Are you struggling with the use of dental floss? Try interdental brushes as an alternative. You can find them in every drugstore.
Note: False dental flossing, such as hard sawing, can cause cuts in the gums. As a result, bacteria can enter the bloodstream, which can result in further diseases. Therefore, be careful to be very careful and gentle – to protect your gums.
Extensive advice from your dentist
Your dentist will be happy to help you find the right product for you, as there are many key differences, such as the degree of hardness. The correct size of the interdental brushes can be determined by your dentist together with you and practice the right application with you – for your optimal oral hygiene.
Conclusion: How useful is flossing?
There are already countless scientific studies and studies on the effectiveness of dental floss, but without a clear result.
Nevertheless, dentists rely on their experience on the importance of delicate silk as an optimal supplement to brush your teeth – In particular for the effective treatment and prevention of periodontal disease and for the prevention of tooth decay.
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