Date: 03.11.2016. Category: Useful advices

In maintaining the oral hygiene flossing is of great importance since no toothbrush can not clean the interdental spaces as well as dental floss.

Despite our recommendation, a large number of patients do not floss and the main reason not to do that it's because they say it is difficult to handle it. This is why we decided to test the dental floss in our market and to point out the correct use of dental floss. Today there are many types of floss on the market: waxed, unwaxed, flouridated, in the form of flat strips or thin thread, a special kind of superfloss, and some other types of dental floss.

In our mini test we used a Sensodine (gentle floss), Odontodent (antibacterial), Oral-B (essentialfloss) and Curaprox dental floss.

When choosing the best dental floss, the most important was that during cleaning, dental floss does not really stuck in your teeth, but the cleaning has to go gently, so you do not give up at the first attempt to use dental floss. In doing so, the best demonstrated dental floss was Oral B waxed essentialfloss  flavored with mint, which is also the winner of our mini test.

After choosing the dental floss that passes easily between the teeth, here are a few words about the proper use.

First, cut 40-50 cm of floss and grasp it stretched between thumb and forefinger. It is important that you run the floss with the small horizontal movements across the contact points between the teeth. In doing so, do not use force and loose the floss because it can cut your gums.  When you have passed the point of contact lean the floss onto your tooth and  clean the side surface of the tooth with horizontal movements including the area under the gums. Then remove the floss and repeat it all but this time clean the side surface of the adjacent tooth. In this way, clean all the interdental areas.

Bleeding gums is a fairly frequent occurrence when you're starting to clean your teeth with the dental floss. After a few days of cleaning, the bleeding should stop as your gums become healthier. In case the bleeding does not reduce even after a few days of flossing, visit a dentist to determine what exactly is.

If the floss gets stuck between some of the teeth it is likely because of the bad filling, caries or plaque. In this case you should also visit the dentist to determine what exactly is.

At first the flossing will seem to be difficult but be persistent and soon you feel the difference and it will become an indispensable part of your daily routine.