Flossing

 

Common methods for flossing with string floss are the spool method and the loop method:

Spool method
For both of these techniques you would break off a piece of floss about 18 inches long. With the spool method, you would wind the majority of the floss around the middle finger and the remaining floss around the same finger on the opposite hand. It is this finger that would take up the floss as it gets used.

Once you place the floss between the teeth, you would wrap it around the tooth making a “C” shape. Then push the floss up and down making sure it goes below the gum line. This is area that your toothbrush cannot reach but where the most bacteria accumulates.

Loop method
This method is used by people who have trouble with manual dexterity or small children. Once you break off 18 inches of floss, you would then tie the ends to form a loop. By placing all of your fingers except the thumbs,within the loop, you are able to guide the floss using index fingers and the thumbs. For the lower teeth use the index fingers and for the upper teeth the thumbs would guide the floss. With both of these methods, it is important to to floss gently ensuring that you do not cut the gums. For the first few days the gums may be a feel little tender and sometimes bleed. This improves within three to four days.

Flossing with Plackers: