Toothbrushing cannot clean the adjacent surfaces of teeth. If we want to remove the plaque accumulated on the adjacent tooth surfaces, we must use dental floss or interdental brush daily.
Plaque accumulated on the adjacent tooth surfaces
Use a piece of dental floss which is approximately 20-25 cm long. Tie both ends to make a loop. Use the thumbs and the forefingers of both hands to hold the floss, leaving about 2 cm of floss in between.
Use a sawing motion to slide the floss into the interdental space.
3. Wrap around one tooth making a "C" shape and gently pull down to the deepest part of the gingival sulcus, and then slide it up and down against the tooth. Then wrap around the adjacent tooth and repeat the up and down motions.
4. Clean all the other adjacent tooth surfaces in the same way.
Points to note :
Please use a new part of floss every time as the used floss was contaminated with bacteria already.
Video display: Flossing Method
Method of using floss holder
Move the floss holder left and right and slowly slide the floss towards the gingival margin. Pull the floss tightly against one of the adjacent tooth surfaces.
2. Start from the deepest part of the gingival sulcus, gently slide the floss up and down to clean the adjacent tooth surface.
3.Pull the floss tightly against the other adjacent tooth surface.
4.Use the same technique, starting from the deepest part of the gingival sulcus, gently slide the floss up and down to clean the other adjacent tooth surface.
5.Clean all the other adjacent tooth surfaces in the same way.
Points to Note:
If there is a wide gap between the neighboring teeth, an interdental brush may be used instead of dental floss.
Solutions to common problems encountered when using dental floss
Method of using interdental brush
If the spaces between teeth are large like those teeth with gum recession due to gum disease, you may use interdental brush to clean the interdental space. Insert the interdental brush into the gap between the roots of the teeth, brush forward and backward to clean the adjacent tooth surfaces.