In foreign countries, children have been reminded by their parents or dentists to floss once a day in addition to brushing their teeth twice since they were young, because they know that flossing is as important to maintaining oral hygiene as brushing their teeth.
1. Why is floss so important?
In fact, if you just brush your teeth, Some toothbrushes can accumulate a lot of harmful bacteria in places that cannot be reached by toothbrushes and adjacent surfaces of teeth. In particular, a small amount of food residue impacted between teeth and gums cannot be completely cleaned. But if you don’t clean up these foods, It is easy to cause bacteria to breed. Over time, these bacteria will form plaque and eventually become dental calculus, causing gum diseases and even dental caries. The initial symptoms may be pain, swelling or bleeding of your gums when brushing your teeth, but in the long run, it will lead to gingivitis, even the serious gum disease we know well-periodontitis.
Brushing teeth can remove food residue and tartar on the tooth surface, However, this is not enough. You still need dental floss to help clean plaque between teeth. Floss can easily reach narrow teeth that are difficult to reach by brushing, gargling and picking teeth. It can effectively remove food residue, dental plaque and soft tartar between teeth without damaging gums and is safe and reliable.
Therefore, for the sake of your oral health and that of your family, understand and use floss correctly.
2. Do you floss in what?
In the process of starting to floss, many people may ask: Is it better to floss in the morning or at night? Do you floss before or after brushing your teeth? It’s up to you whether you floss in the morning or at night, While some people like to use it before going to bed, Because it can keep a clean oral environment before going to bed. As for whether to brush your teeth before or after brushing your teeth, The official guidance of the American Dental Association is that flossing before or after brushing your teeth is really not important. However, flossing before brushing your teeth can help clean up the space between your teeth and allow more fluoride in toothpaste to cover and penetrate into it.
You must have made the right choice whether to floss before or after brushing your teeth.
3. Will floss enlarge the seams?
Flossing does not make the teeth bigger. The feeling is bigger because the existing gap was covered by tartar before. Like a fence in the snow, when the snow melts, the prototype of that part is exposed. Gingival atrophy is the inevitable result of long-term periodontal disease that has not been treated in time. Floss is not that great skill, floss is not that great sin.
How to choose dental floss?
There are a wide variety of floss in shops, but which is more suitable for your teeth? In fact, it doesn’t matter which type of floss you use, as long as you use it. Choose a floss that you like and won’t damage your gums, and use it to clean your teeth at least once a day.
A. Wax-free dental floss: suitable for people whose teeth are not very tight.
B. Wax floss: If your teeth are tight, wax floss will slide into your teeth more easily.
C. Flat floss: This thick strip-shaped flat floss is mainly designed for those with wide teeth.
D. Super floss: If the gap between your teeth is different, this elastic floss is more suitable for you. After straightening and thinning the floss, it can clean up the normal gap between your teeth, while after straightening and thinning into the teeth, the floss will loosen and become thicker, which can clean up the wider teeth.
E floss stick: If it is not convenient for both hands to floss or cannot reach your innermost teeth, you can also choose it.
F. Special floss: It is divided into hard part, fiber part and ordinary floss part. It is specially used for special people wearing fixed appliances and fixed bridges for restoration.
Conclusion: Floss not only removes food from your teeth, More importantly, it is very important to prevent lateral dental caries, protect gum health and prevent gingivitis and periodontitis. Therefore, when you go to the dentist next time, you can ask your doctor for some different types of dental floss samples or ask them for professional advice. In this way, you can try out which one is most suitable for you!