Use dental floss correctly

Use dental floss correctly

Flossing is still too complicated for many, but the benefits are undisputed. Read here how flossing can be applied easily and efficiently.

Dealing with dental floss is almost a mystery. Pretty much everyone knows they should be used and yet, hardly anyone does it. According to surveys, just under 20% of Germans use dental floss every day, and almost half of those polled do not use it at all. The benefit, indeed the necessity of flossing is absolutely undisputed. The main reason nevertheless to renounce, then should be the cumbersome and lengthy application. But that does not have to be that way. With the following tips you can make the exercise quick and easy with a little practice and also ensure that the result is optimal.

    Use sufficient dental floss: For each space, a fresh section of floss should be used. During cleaning, deposits and bacteria are released and stick to the floss. If you drive with the used section under the next gum line, you can achieve the opposite and may even bring bacteria into these areas.

  • The right attitude: Wrap one end of the floss a few times around the middle or index finger of one hand until nothing slips (but the fingertip should not turn red and hurt!). Loosely wrap the other end around one finger of the other hand. Many are easier with the index fingers, because it gives you more feeling and control. But also the middle finger offer advantages, because so you can use the index finger supportive to align the floss.
  • Up and down: Many make the mistake of pulling the floss lengthwise through the gap. That does not hurt, but also removes only unsatisfactory deposits and bacteria. Instead, the silk should be moved up and down in the gap several times, from the tip of the tooth to the gumline. Only then are the otherwise barely accessible tooth surfaces sufficiently cleaned. Of course, if the spaces are very narrow, you can also move the floss zig-zag, as it can be moved through the bottlenecks with a slight longitudinal movement.
  • “C” wins: Each space is formed by two teeth and thus, with each space, these two adjacent teeth must be cleaned. Therefore, the floss should first be laid around the one tooth like a C and then brushed with 3-4 vertical movements. Subsequently, the C is placed around the second tooth and also processed.
  • Brush before or after brushing: The question is still controversial and is partially answered by different experts to the contrary. So here’s what’s best for you.
  • Then rinse the mouth thoroughly: To ensure that dissolved coating components do not remain in the mouth, you should then rinse thoroughly with water or even with a medical mouthwash.
  • At least once a day: It is actually not necessary to unplug the floss every time you brush your teeth, but once a day you should clean the interstices. Best in the evening before going to bed, because you do not have the stress as in the morning and can devote the dental care a little more extensively.

    Especially at the beginning it can come with the use of dental floss again and again to slight bleeding gums. But that is no reason to stop, on the contrary. Bleeding indicates inflammation of the gums and it helps to remove the floss. It should get better after a few days. If this is not the case or if there is more bleeding, a dentist should be contacted. Incidentally, if the plastering technique is right, the choice of dental floss is irrelevant. Here you can try different variations and use the ones you can handle best. Although an oral irrigator can not replace the floss, it does make sense to supplement the interstices with cleaning.

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