Dental floss is a combination of thin plastic or nylon threads, whose function is simply to be able to exert the removal of dental plaque and small fragments of food from the space that exists between two teeth, this thread is inserted between the teeth in a delicate way and It is rubbed between the edges of the same, emphasizing the areas near the gums. This technique in combination with a correct brushing can be powerful protectors of the oral cavity, against different infections at the gum level, also preventing dental cavities and halitosis (unpleasant odorous breath).

Dental threads are not the same, they can be found on the market manufactured with different thickness diameter, which will be selected and implemented according to the space that exists between the teeth of each patient. The types of dental floss are not only classified according to their thickness, they can also be evidenced with several filaments (multifilaments) or composed of only one strand (monofilament), this being the most expensive since it slides easily and simply; In the same way, they can be found with or without wax, this will be implemented according to the criteria of each patient because there is no change in the effectiveness of dental cleaning, however some dentists state that waxed dental floss contains a percentage of fluoride. sodium and antibacterial agents, which will enhance protection against oral infections.

The correct technique when applying dental floss in oral hygiene is as follows: a portion of thread with an approximate length of 40 centimeters must be taken, 70% of this thread must be used to wind it around the ring fingers using in if only 2 to 5 centimeters between the spaces between the teeth; After this, the index fingers and thumbs should be used to slide the floss along the outer walls of the teeth in a unidirectional movement (from top to bottom), these movements must be extremely soft and delicate since when forcing the floss or executing the technique roughly can injure the delicate tissue that makes up the gum; while advancing between tooth and tooth, the floss should be rotated to use clean portions between each gap.