Since many people do not have enough space between teeth to brush with an interdental brush, dentist recommend the use of dental floss. In fact, as we reach the age of twelve, the act of dental flossing starts to be suggested as a part of our everyday oral health care routine.
Rubbing the teeth with this delicate filament is an oral care technique indicated by most of the dental professionals, who also teach patients how to use dental floss.
Regarding this, cleaning between your teeth with this particular thread should be done in a steady but not violent movement, rubbing each tooth from the crown downwards.
How to Floss Teeth Properly
Flossing teeth is not a challenging activity. Of course, before you start flossing your teeth, you must make sure you are using only top-quality dental floss.
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First, you only need to cut around 50 centimeters of thread and twist each end in one finger of both hands. While firmly holding the thread between the thumbs and the index fingers, and leaving a wide space between both ends, proceed to insert the floss between the teeth in a swinging movement.
When you are performing this, make sure you avoid touching the gums, because they are a sensitive part of your denture. Once the floss meets the range of the gums, bend it to form a semicircle shape against one tooth.
Do this very softly until you start getting to the gums, then move the thread to the top of the tooth and switch to the other side of the tooth.
As soon as you get used to doing this in the frontal teeth, start to perform this the same way in the back teeth, making sure you do not forget to floss a tooth or miss any side.
Bleeding Gums When Flossing
Bleeding gums may alert you to the presence of dental problems sometimes. However, if your gums bleed while or after flossing, do not worry, this is entirely normal.
Bacteria live within your gums, so if you softly reach them while flossing, they will react to this. When you floss your teeth, the gums might get a bit softer, feel sore and consequently, bleed in a process that may last for one or two weeks.
As soon as it is not a substantial flow of blood, but just a few drops, and you are following your dentist’s directions, this only means your gums are getting used to this procedure and are becoming healthier. Eventually, the bleeding of your gums will stop.
Difficulties When Flossing Teeth
Sometimes, people find flossing too tricky. Some people may have their teeth placed too close together. For this purpose, there are at least two types of dental floss, including waxed and unwaxed, and in different degrees of thickness, which will make it easier to floss teeth that are tightly together.
Also, flossing can be challenging if you have a little mouth with many teeth and quite big hands. It may be tricky to get to the back teeth, and people with big hands find themselves only flossing the front ones.
Fortunately, there is a tool called floss holder, which consists of a small plastic instrument with a short handle, used to reach the area you need to clean with just one hand. You can even opt for floss threaders if you have braces, fixed bridges or dental implants.
Of course, before using any type of instrument or assuming the bleeding is normal, you should always go for a dental consultation and find out the most recommended products for the shape of your denture.