Brushing removes about 50% of this plaque in your mouth. Studies have shown that when we associate the flossing brushing up to 70% of the plaque is removed.
The flossing will give you access to areas unreacheable the toothbrush, specifically between the teeth and under the gum line, where accumulation of plaque.
Removal attentively food residues and interdental plaque is especially important for patients wearing dentures, implants and bridges. The choice of dental floss is based on the needs of the individual and his preferences.
How to use dental floss?
First, it is important to find a floss that is comfortable and suited to your specific needs.
- 1. Take about 15 to 20 cm of dental floss and wrap the ends in around the middle fingers. With the thumb and forefinger of each hand, grasp a piece of about 2.5 to 5 cm and insert it using the thumbs, between the upper teeth.
- 2. While keeping a floss segment (about 2.5 to 5 cm) tightly between your fingers, use your index finger to fit between the contact surfaces of two lower teeth.
- 3. Gently move the floss between the teeth by performing a movement in zigzag. DO NOT PRESS THE WIRE IN YOUR DENTAL GUM. This can cause damage to your gums. Flosswell over the entire tooth.
- 4. By performing a movement up and down, slide the floss against the tooth surface and under the gum line.
The use of dental floss is particularly useful:
- For narrow spaces between the natural teeth.
- In case of implants
- In the presence of dental prostheses on natural teeth and implant or denture.
Do I really need to clean the teeth with dental floss?
Yes, you really NEED to do. Brushing alone reaches only 3 out of 5 on tooth surfaces. The surfaces between the teeth that the toothbrush can not reach are the places where periodontal diseases are most often.