What you should know about floss (2)

In the last article, we have already learned why to floss, how to choose floss, and some misunderstandings. Today we will learn how to floss together.

1. Choose the floss you like. 2. Take about 45 cm of floss and wrap two pieces on your left and right index fingers respectively. Wrap it on the index finger for better control and use of floss, or wrap it on the middle finger as you like.

3. Hold the floss tightly with the index finger and thumb of both hands, leaving a length of about 5-9 cm in the middle. 4. Insert the floss into the middle of the two teeth and gently pull it back and forth.

A. It doesn’t matter which tooth to start with, what matters is to cover every tooth;

B. Be sure to be light and not to use too much force to avoid damaging gums;

C. Don’t grind your gums hard during pulling back and forth.

5. When cleaning the area near the gums, stretch the floss into a [C] shape and scrape it up and down. 6. If the floss in the middle is dirty, you can release the floss rolled on both sides of your fingers and continue to use the floss on both sides. Repeat the above steps to clean all tooth gaps. Don’t forget to clean the molars at the back of your mouth.

Special Notes:

A. The back and forth movement of dental floss is helpful to remove dental plaque and food residue;

B. Bleeding may occur, which shows that you really need to use floss. When you continue to use floss, bleeding and swelling will decrease or disappear.

C. It is recommended to floss the oral cavity once a day, and the American Dental Association recommends that floss be used for 2-3 minutes each time.

D there is insufficient evidence that water floss can replace traditional floss;

E floss is disposable, because bacteria will breed after use, so do not reuse it.