Why should I use dental floss?
Using Dental Floss Correctly
Dental floss is usually made from nylon or plastic, and is thin enough to get through the small gaps in your teeth. Dental tape can also be used which is slightly thicker, and some people find this easier to use
Using dental floss can damage your gums if it is not done correctly, and so it is important to follow the advice that your dentist gives you. The following tips may also be useful.
The length of the floss should be about 45cm and should be wrapped around the middle finger of each hand. Grip it between your thumb and forefinger and pull it tight.
You should then be able to use it to get between the small gaps between your teeth, and then you can move it against the sides of your teeth in a vertical direction. To get under the gumline, curve the floss into a c-shape and hold it against the tooth. You can then move the floss from side to side and this will prevent any damage to the gums.
The whole process should then be repeated for the next tooth. It can help if you have a specific pattern that you stick to when flossing your teeth so that you ensure that no tooth gets missed. Many people always start in the same place and work along the mouth in one direction, and this is a strategy that you might find useful. The side of the teeth at the back of the mouth should also be flossed.
Will My Gums Bleed?
It is possible that your gums may bleed for the first few times that you floss, because they will be tender. As your teeth become healthier then this should stop after a few days. If this is not the case, then contact your dentist who will be able to check if you are flossing correctly.
Is Flossing Difficult?
There are people that do find flossing difficult. If this applies to you, then there are tools that can help you. Floss holders can help you keep the floss in place, and interdental brushes can help you get into the gaps between your teeth. Both of these can be purchased from your local chemist or supermarket. You should also talk to your dentist, as they may be able to suggest a flossing technique that you may find easier. They may also be able to recommend a different type of interdental cleaning that may suit you better.