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How to Floss Properly: 6 Important Steps To Follow

Dental hygiene is essential to maintain solid oral health over the years and prolong the longevity of any restorations or treatments performed in the mouth. Using a toothbrush is not enough to keep the oral cavity clean since it cannot reach difficult areas, such as the spaces between the teeth or under dentures and dental appliances.

How to floss properly?

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The basis of a good oral hygiene technique is to mechanically eliminate food debris and bacteria that may remain on the teeth, removing or sweeping them with items intended for this purpose. This practice is crucial for preventing issues like cavities, which can develop when oral hygiene is compromised.

1. Preparation: Start with about 18 inches of floss and wrap most of it around one finger 2. Grip: Next,  pick up the dental floss in one hand, turning more around the middle finger; in this way, we can release one side and pick up the other to be able to clean  each tooth.  3. Access: Gently slide the floss between the teeth, always pressing against the tooth, never against the gum.

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When should you floss?

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A daily flossing routine is a vital pillar of oral care. Ideally, it should be used at least once a day, preferably before brushing your teeth. Flossing before brushing helps remove food debris and plaque, allowing the brush to reach inaccessible areas.

Waxed dental floss: It is especially useful for people with brackets.  – Dental hilum fillers: Threaders make it easy to pass dental floss under bridges and wires. It contains an eyelet and a rigid tip. – Superfloss: It is a type of dental floss specially designed to meet the needs of those with braces, bridges, implants, or larger spaces between their teeth.

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