How to use a dental floss
The use of a dental floss at least once a day is the best way to clean the interdental spaces from food and plaque. No toothbrush can clean where a dental floss is able to. You must use the dental floss properly and daily to maintain the perfect oral health, which it provides. Probably, you are already wondering what is so specific in this method. Well, you’ll understand it right now.
Dentists recommend using a dental floss before brushing with paste and before the use of a mouthwash. Thus, the food remains, pushed out of the interdental space, will be brushed, enamel will be polished by toothpaste and the other inaccessible places will be rinsed by the mouthwash.
You need a dental floss with a length of about 35-50 cm. It is best to use a flat nylon floss Astera Active with a wax coating that helps it slide smoothly between the teeth. Astera Active has a mint flavor, as well and contributes to a fresher breath.
Astera Expand floss is suitable for wider interdental spaces. It expands from saliva and fills the space between teeth, removing more food debris with one movement.
Method of use:
• It is recommended to wrap tightly the both ends of the floss around your middle fingers as you roll up more around one of them, leaving about 10 cm in between.
• Hold the floss with your thumbs and index fingers so as to remain about 4-5 cm, which you will use initially. This position of the hands will provide you maximum stability when cleaning areas that are hard to reach.
• The most convenient is to start with the front teeth. If the gap between them is narrower, you may need to use gentle pressure and back and forth movements while you insert the floss. But be careful not to overdo the pressure and hurt your gum in case of sudden sag.
• Once you put the floss around the tooth, start gently and carefully moving it up and down on the surface of the tooth, including 2-3 mm below the gum line. Following the " profile " of the tooth, the floss cleans everything.
• When changing the area you clean, you must unwind a new unsoiled piece of floss to avoid transferring bacteria from one interdental space to another. If the initially torn piece of floss is not enough for all your teeth, just get another one of the dispenser.
It is advisable to pay particular attention to the backside of the last tooth in your mouth, as well as to every side that borders on a missing tooth, because they accumulate the most plaque and food.
As the main purpose of flossing is the removal of plaque from the enamel, the pressure should be on the tooth surface, not on the gums. If a crack forms in the gum tissue between two teeth, it is an indication that you don’t perform the technique properly.
If your gums bleed despite your careful action, this is a clear sign that they have become victims of plaque and food and you should use a dental floss more often.