Dental floss is a dental product that allows you to clean those areas where toothbrushes cannot reach, like under the gum line and between teeth. Whatever the type of toothbrush you use the bristles are unable to penetrate these areas. Food particles and sometime foreign objects get stuck in between teeth. If food particles remain in the mouth for long, they tend to decay and lead to acid formation in the mouth. In addition, plaque, being a very thin film. Also tends to accumulate just beneath the gum line. Both can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Daily flossing is an important part of oral hygiene and is used to clean these hard to reach areas. There is a method to flossing and not difficult to learn. Take about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around your middle fingers leaving about an inch or two for flossing. Gently slide the free floss in between teeth while holding it tightly and using index fingers. Slide the floss softly up and down between teeth. Take the floss to below the gum line by curving it around the tooth base. Do not force the floss as this may harm the soft gum tissue. As you move from one tooth to another use a clean portion of the floss, winding the used section around your middle finger. Flossing only seems to be cumbersome but once you get used to it you will be able to do it with ease. Many people find it easier to use interdental brushes for flossing.
Basically interdental floss is similar to normal flossing. The term, however, has become associated with the use of interdental brushes. These brushes have small and specially designed bristles that are able to reach the area between teeth. These types of brushes can be very beneficial for those who have slighter bigger gaps between teeth.
For people suffering from arthritis dental flossing with normal floss can be a very tiring job. People with limited manual dexterity can use specially designed dental floss products. These come with reusable handles that can be gripped without fear of slipping. As flossing is to be done daily with new floss every time these convenient products have changeable heads.
When looking for gum dental floss there is two types of floss that you may choose from: nylon or multifilament floss or the more expensive PTFE or single filament floss. While nylon floss may tear or shred between tight contact points, PTFE floss is shred-resistant and ensures trouble free flossing as it slides easily between tight spaces.