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Dental Floss Questions

Do you use dental floss and wonder about the different types? Do you need to know the proper way to use it or methods for removing stuck floss? Often individuals are unaware of the types of floss and the proper ways to use it. Often Expert insight is needed to help clarify any doubts and concerns that arise.

What is dental floss?

Dental floss is a bundle of thin filaments that is used to remove dental plaque and food from the teeth. Floss can be made from a few different things including plastic, mylon, polyethylene or silk and can even be unflavored or flavored, waxed or un-waxed. Flossing along with teeth brushing can help reduce many different dental diseases and infections and can even reduce plaque buildup on the teeth. When someone uses dental floss, questions can arise about the methods, types and even side effects. Read below where many commonly asked questions have been answered by Experts.

Why is important to use dental floss once a day?

Flossing once a day is important because it helps break up any calculus formation that a brush cannot remove. By moving the floss between the teeth the crystal formations of calculus is broke up and the bridging effect is destroyed. In between flossing, teeth can be kept clean by eating rough food such as fresh vegetables and popcorn.

How can itchy and painful gums be taken care of?

Using dental floss daily can help with dental conditions that can be present in which can cause the itchy painful gums. Floss should be used as far down towards the gums as possible. Any bleeding that occurs may help remove bacteria that are present. Teeth should be brushed for two minutes, followed by rinsing with warm salt water for one minute. The salt rinses should be continued four times a day for a week long. Flossing should be done once a day and brushing should be done 2-3 times a day.

How can an individual use dental floss to remove a ring?

When trying to remove a ring, the individual should place a piece of dental floss under the ring toward the hand from the end of the finger. Leave about six inches of the floss dangling off of the hand. Wrap it very tightly around the finger toward the knuckle. This should be done quickly because it could cut the circulation off to the finger. When the floss is over the knuckle, have another individual hold the end and use the end that is dangling to gently move the ring over the knuckle.

What are methods for removing stuck dental floss?

The methods to help remove dental floss that has become stuck include:
• Wait until the next day. With time the lodged piece should soften, and cause the teeth to move slightly apart which should allow the stuck piece to be removed.
• Glide floss which is Teflon coated floss can help to remove the stuck piece by sliding it between the tightest teeth.

The binding and shredding of floss could signify a dental problem on adjacent teeth such as an overhanging filling or possibly the development of a new cavity.

What could cause bleeding while using dental floss?

Bleeding can be caused by an inflammation in the gums which can be referred to as gingivitis. If the bleeding is localized there can be an infection or an abscess. Other causes can include plaque buildup, side effects of medications or hormonal changes. The bleeding could also be a symptom of a serious condition. An evaluation by a dental professional is often needed in order to help determine the actual cause and proper treatment.

Anytime dental floss is used, questions and concerns may arise. Questions regarding methods for removing stuck floss, uses, and side effects should be monitored by medical professionals. For more information or for answers to these questions, an individual should contact an Expert.
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