HOW TO USE THE DENTAL FLOSS?
How you hold the floss is a personal preference. The most used method is to wrap the rope around the middle fingers and direct it with the index fingers. Another way is to wrap the rope around the index fingers and direct it with the thumb or middle finger. If you have a fixed bridge, you can use special floss forks. It is more important what you do with it than how you hold it. If you cannot effectively clean the interface with the rope, you can get detailed information from your dentist about effective usage methods.
- Hold the dental floss firmly so that a short section works.
- Gently push the thread between teeth. If it feels too tight, you can insert it by making back and forth movements. Do not press the floss firmly against your gingiva or you may cut it.
- Bend the thread to the “C” shape, resting on the front or back of the teeth; so you can cLean along the entire edge of the tooth.
- Gently pull the floss upwards from the bad alignment of the tooth towards the gum.
- To clean the plaque in this area, press the rope back and forth to clean it. Do not press too har or you can harm your gums.
- Clean all the places in the teeth, including the back surface of the backmost tooth. Use the clean part of the rope for each interdental area.
Alternative Methods For Cleaning Between Teeth
Some people have large spaces between their teeth and need a variety of additional interdental brush-style equipment to remove bacterial plaque between their teeth. You may have more space between your teeth than usual due to reasons such as gum surgery or missing teeth. In these cases, you should pay more attention to the cleaning of your teeth.
Small interface brushes consist of small bristles to fit between teeth and there is a wide variety of handle shapes. In times when your gums do not fill between the teeth, interface brushes may clean better than dental floss. These small brushes are also used to clean the plaques accumulated on the brackets and wires in patients using orthodontic braces in their mouth.
Another method for cleaning between teeth is wooden interdental cleaning sticks. These long triangular pieces of wood are softened and used to clean the plaques accumulated in the interfaces of the teeth.
You can find these interdental board cleaners at most pharmacies or large grocery stores. Your dentist will show you the removal of plaque accumulated between them and the tooth.
Other Dental Cleaning Equipment
Your dentist may recommend one or more of the following equipments for brushing and flossing at home:
Oral Showers: These devices pump water with pressure like a thin string or intermittently. Although these tools do not help clean the plaque on the teeth, they are useful in cleaning the food residues and bacteria residue products accumulated on the teeth and gingival pockets due to orthodontic brackets. They are also useful for sending some special mouthwashes to hard-to-reach areas. Oral showers are products supporting brushing and flossing. They cannot be used solely instead of brushing and flossing.
Interdental Brushes: These soft flexible rubber sticks are used to remove residues between teeth and just under the gums. Plaque and residues are removed by gently dragging these sticks along the edge of the gum.
Mouthwashes: Like toothpastes, mouthwashes are determined according to the needs of your mouth. There are different types of mouthwashes that refresh your breath, contain additional fluoride or kill bacteria that cause gingivitis. Some mouthwashes contain compounds that dissolve the plaque on the teeth before brushing. Ask your dentist what is the best mouthwash for you. If you need to stay away from alcohol, you should read the directions of mouthwashes carefully. Some mouthwashes contain a certain amount of alcohol. In some special cases, your dentist may prescribe more fluoride-containing or antibacterial mouthwashes.