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Why Should You Floss?
Flossing is an essential part of oral care and should be performed at least once a day. Brushing & flossing go hand-in-hand; there is much debate regarding whether teeth should be brushed or flossed first, but Dentists feel the sequence does not make any difference. Flossing is the best way of cleaning plaque build-up between teeth which causes bad breath and tartar formation if not cleaned for days. Brushing does only part of the job but it cannot clean the debris lying deep between the teeth. The correct way of flossing is explained below.
Flossing removes nearly half the debris
Cleaning tyour teeth using dental floss may be difficult initially but with continued usage it becomes easy. Children, in particular, find it difficult to handle flossing on their own unless guided by a parent or an adult. Flossing cleans about 40% of the teeth from bacteria and plaque that causes cavities and finally gum disease. A tooth has five surfaces; two of which remains unclean if flossing is not done at all. In some crooks and crannies of the teeth, the thin and soft nylon-made floss is the only thing that can squeeze in that space.
Types of floss
There are many types of floss, such as flavored or unflavored; waxed or unwaxed; regular or wide and each one has its own benefits. So while waxed ones can be glided through the teeth easily, unwaxed floss tends to make a squeaky sound and tears more easily than the waxed. The thick and broad dental tape is perfect for people with bridge work and removes as much plaque as the regular variety. On an average, a couple of minutes of flossing a day is sufficient to remove all the dirt and food particles. If you are uncomfortable with the long threaded type, try using the pre threaded flossers that resemble a hacksaw. Both serve the same purpose and are best for beginners or caretakers.
How to remove tartar properly
For best results, nearly an 18-inch long flossing thread should be taken and wrapped around the fingers. After sliding it between the teeth, you should move it back and forth and along the teeth in the shape of a ‘C’. Sometimes a bit of blood may be seen which is caused by plaque build-up in that space. If the bleeding continues consult a Dentist. You can also use plaque disclosing tablets which have to be chewed after brushing. All the places which have tartar or hide food particles get dyed red and makes flossing easier. These tablets can be purchased over-the-counter from any store selling dental hygiene products.