Types of dental floss
There are two types of dental floss: threaded type and holder type. Choose a type that is easy for you to use.
- Type of dental floss
Threading type dental floss. It is a type that cuts out the required length and cleans between teeth by operating with fingers.
- Dental floss of holder type
- Holder type dental floss
With a floss attached to the holder, this type is suitable for those who have difficulty operating with fingers or those who are using it for the first time.
There are two main types of holder type: F-shaped and Y-shaped.
F-shape Easy to use for lower front teeth
Y shape Easy to use for maxillary front teeth and molars.
How to use dental floss (holder type)
■ How to hold dental floss The
trick of holding a dental floss of a holder type is to hold it in front of the handle. Note that holding the back of the handle will increase the movement and may damage the gums.
■ How to move dental floss
 Apply dental floss between teeth. Rather than suddenly apply force, move the dental floss sideways and slowly between teeth. You can use it without damaging the gums by inserting it slowly.
 Apply dental floss to the side of the teeth and move up and down. Insert it up to the root of the tooth close to the gum and move it up and down 3-5 times to scrape plaque. After cleaning one side, clean the other side in the same way.
 When pulling out dental floss from between teeth, slowly pull out while moving sideways. Rinse the plaque on the dental floss with water before cleaning the next tooth.
I want to know! “Tip” to use dental floss well
■ “slowly and carefully” to clean between the teeth
In the early portion where the teeth are in contact (contact point) when passing, you may feel a little tight. Be careful not to insert too much force as it may damage the gums with force.
The trick is to put the thread between your teeth and gums, and move it finely to remove plaque little by little. Moving slowly and carefully is more beautiful than brute force.
Let’s focus on the parts where the teeth are in contact with the teeth that are likely to be cavity (contact points).
Benefits of using dental floss
- Plaque drops better than brushing alone
The basis of dental care is brushing teeth. However, many dentists suggest that using dental floss in combination with tooth brushing is more effective than brushing alone, and is now becoming the standard dental care.
- Early detection
Using dental floss can lead to early detection of early caries and periodontal disease. The reason is that you can notice the following symptoms that you can’t notice with a toothbrush:
- Effective for bad breath preventions
One of the causes of bad breath is a food residue left on the teeth. In some cases, the food itself emits an odor, and in other cases, food scum accumulates and ferments, causing a strong odor.
- You can check the condition of the prosthesis
By using dental floss, it is possible to check so-called tooth fillings such as inlays and coverings. Tooth fillings and coverings may come off, float or become unstable due to ageing, but the use of floss allows you to notice defects quickly.