Dentist and ADA (American Dental Association) recommend use of floss daily to maintain good oral hygiene as it removes plaque as well as debris. It is recommending as toothbrush cannot clean some area between two teeth that can only be clean by use of Floss. Ask your dentist to show proper method of using floss.
When to do flossing?
It is recommended daily. And it advisable to do floss after brushing in the morning and after taking meal and before going to bed. Before bedtime is the most recommended time to use floss because during sleeping there is reduced salivary flow inside mouth, provides the environment for bacteria to survive. Those bacteria which is present in inter-proximal area for longer time leads to cavitation and gum diseases.
Who can do flossing?
It is recommended for Adults as well children. Just be careful not to allow flossing by own to your children under the age of 11 as there are adverse effects of faulty use of flossing methods.
Care to be taken during flossing
It may be difficult for the beginners. It should be gentle as harsh flossing can damage the surrounding gums and may lead to bleeding from that area. Harsh flossing also causes lacerations on the soft tissue. So it is advised to use proper and gentle pressure over the floss to clean the area between the teeth.
Using floss for first time?
If you are doing it for first time, you may find bleeding from gums during initial days. You may feel discomfort or pain, too. If these continue for more days, please consult your dentist.
What if we don’t use floss?
If we don’t do flossing, the debris cannot be removed from inter-dental area (area between two teeth) leads to calcification of that debris and forms hard deposits known as Calculus. Calculus deposition on the teeth leads to the poor oral hygiene followed by gum diseases. So it is always better to avoid those problems and do it properly and daily.