Flossing is a useful procedure to remove food and dental plaque from teeth. The floss is softly interleaved between the teeth and scraped along the teeth sides, especially close to the gums. Many children and teenagers don’t know how to floss the teeth. This article will help you to understand the procedure and benefits of dental flossing.
There are two types of floss, the first one is regular waxed floss, with which you buy a floss threader that you’ll get at any pharmacy. The second type is the stiff-ended floss. It’s basically combining a threader and floss into one product.
How to Floss Teeth
Use about 18 inches of floss should suffice, thread it carefully. Take the floss and warily thread it under the main wire of the braces before passing it between two teeth. Then remove the floss and re-thread it under the main wire to pass between the next pair of teeth. Do it slowly and softly. Don’t apply too much pressure on the teeth. If you have put on braces recently, few bleeding from gums is normal but if your gums bleed a lot, consult the dentist you got your braces from.
Benefits of Flossing
Flossing in combination with tooth brushing can help to avoid gum disease, halitosis, and dental caries.
Flossing is also related to reduce incidence of heart disease as the regular dental floss stops inflammation. Remember, inflammation take place in any part of the body releases a large number of mediators that cause inflammation in the heart.
Flossing is linked with greater longevity, potentially as a result of the prevention of gum inflammation as it removes dental plaque which is the main cause of inflamed gums (gingivitis), periodontal disease.