I often hear from patients that they do not use floss (dental floss) because “it hurts, hurts, the floss breaks, etc.” If there are such complaints, the first thing to do is to go to the doctor, because this should not be the case normally.
Why does this happen?
The gums are inflamed, you need to go to the doctor, do a cleaning and eliminate the cause of the inflammation.
You are using the floss incorrectly and simply injure your gums.
There are hidden cavities or old defective fillings that need to be replaced.
Food constantly gets stuck between the teeth, which ultimately leads to the formation of a pocket (the space between the gum and the tooth root) and inflammation of the gums.
How to Floss: IMPORTANT Rules
The thread must be inserted between the teeth, first pressing it against the surface of one tooth and then the other. This will clean both contact surfaces and will not injure the papilla (the gum between the teeth).
It is better to take a thin thread, and not a tape or a floss stick, which cannot be used to clean all the contacts, but it is very easy to damage the gum.
Dental floss should be used at least twice a day.
Once you get used to and know how to properly floss your teeth, the entire brushing process should take about a minute.
I recommend using Oral-B floss https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_floss. It doesn’t have a pungent minty smell and is thin enough to pass through even the tightest of contacts.
Do you floss?