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Flossing

Patient education : Flossing
Flossing is a procedure for cleaning gaps in between your teeth, gaps that a toothbrush cannot reach. Correct flossing helps get rid of plaque and food particles in tough to reach places in the mouth such as - under the gum-line and between your teeth.
Flossing is recommended by dentists as a daily activity for cleaning your teeth as a build up of plaque eventually leads to tooth decay. Flossing should be done in addition to brushing and not as a substitute for brushing.

Floss looks like a yarn or thread. It is very flexible and can be stretched easily. Floss is manufactured in the under mentioned varieties:


PTFE (monofilament) floss:

As the name suggests there is only one filament or strand that makes up this type of floss.


Nylon (or multifilament) floss:

This type of floss has multiple strands or filaments twisted together to make up one yarn or thread like structure.


PTFE or Single filament floss:

Is little more expensive as compared to multifilament floss. It slides easily between teeth; this includes even those with tight spaces between teeth. PTFE is practically shred-resistant meaning it does not break easily.


Multifilament floss or Nylon floss:

Is available in both types, waxed and un-waxed. It also comes in a variety of flavours to choose from. This type of floss being made up of multiple strands or filaments of nylon is likely to tear or shred or break sometimes, especially while flossing between teeth with tight spaces.

Nevertheless, using the right method of flossing, both types of floss are excellent at removing plaque and debris.