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Is brushing alone sufficient to prevent oral diseases?

The floss

Experts say it is insufficient, as the toothbrush does not reach the interdental spaces.

This is why dentists recommend flossing or flossing at least once a day. Their continued use essentially prevents the formation of bacterial plaque and tartar.

However, despite its relevance to health, it is estimated that only 35% of the population use dental floss daily in their hygiene routine.

But what does it do? To remove food debris and plaque deposited between the teeth, a place the toothbrush cannot reach. Plaque, they say, contains more than 300 bacterial species.

If we do not perform this interdental hygiene, we will leave 35% of the surface of the teeth uncleaned, and these bacteria will pass into the bloodstream and increase cardiovascular risk.

Types of dental floss

Just as there are different types of mouths, there are different types of dental floss on the market.

Each type has a specific use, and when in doubt, it should always be the dentist who recommends which one to use.

However, for beginners, it is recommended to use floss with wax, as the wax helps it pass better between the teeth. However, once you have mastered the practice of flossing, it is best to use unwaxed floss, which cleans more thoroughly.

Should children also use it? It is recommended that you start flossing with your children from the age of four. Then, from age 8, as long as they have learned the technique correctly, they can begin to floss independently.

Remember that dental floss should always be inserted gently between the teeth, exerting lateral pressure against the tooth at all times, never against the gum.

And if you wear braces, there are floss threaders that allow you to continue cleaning the space between your teeth. Again, consult your dentist for advice on the most suitable option.

Tips for incorporating flossing into your routine

Floss daily, at least once a day.

  • Do not press the floss against your teeth to avoid damaging your gums.
  • Don't floss different teeth with the same floss; otherwise, you will slide plaque from one tooth to another.
  • Use a floss that suits the needs of your teeth. Consult your dentist