Updated: November 13, 2017
To remove food and dental plaque from areas a toothbrush is unable to reach and between teeth, a cord of thin filaments is used which is known as dental floss. The use of floss is commonly recommended in order to prevent the dental disease, such as gingivitis and dental caries.
A person should floss once per day before or after brushing to allow the fluoride from the toothpaste to reach between the teeth. Floss is commonly supplied in plastic dispensers that contain 10 to 100 meters of floss. Flossing can removes particles of food stuck between teeth and dental plaque that adhere to dental surfaces below the gumline.
Chronically unhealthy gums can increase your risk of losing your teeth or requires a root canal treatment. Brushing alone may not protect you from gum disease and the tooth loss. Daily tooth brushing twice with flossing is essential for good oral hygiene. Even though you suffer from sensitive or bleeding gums, flossing prevent them from bleeding and can improve the health of your gums.
Flossing daily along with brushing and a rinse helps protect against gingivitis by removing plaque and food particles, keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
You can try some specialized flossing options if you have any of these following conditions.
If you have sensitive teeth and gums that bleed easily, choose a soft floss that slides easily and comfortably between the teeth.
If you wear braces or have dentures, try a specialized floss that has a stiff end that you can thread beneath the main wire of your braces and a spongy component that slides easily between the teeth.
If you donÃ¢â¬â¢t like reaching into the back of your mouth, try an electric flosser. An electric flosser provides the right amount of pressure to leave your gums feeling pleasantly stimulated.
A variety of dental flosses are commonly available.
Some common problems experienced during misuse of these products are
These are power flossers. Floss cuts or clefts with floss holder designs and unable to maintain tension or wrap floss completely around tooth side are the most common problems experienced during misuse of product.