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OHI: Floss Threader

OHI: Threader Floss

If you have braces, permanent retainer or dental bridges, you may not like the idea of permanent flossing. However, getting threader floss can be the tool you need if you wish to start flossing on regular basis. Flossing should be done regularly by someone who would like to have the best dental hygiene.

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OHI: Floss Threader

Oral hygiene instructions (OHI) will help you indentify the best way to keep you teeth and gums clean. If you have braces, permanent retainer or dental bridges, you may not like the idea of permanent flossing. However, getting a floss threader can be the tool you need if you wish to start flossing on regular basis. Flossing should be done regularly by someone who would like to have the best dental hygiene.  It helps to remove food particles found on the teeth where the brush is not able to reach while it keeps the gum healthy and it helps to remove the plaque which causes tartar buildup.

Since flossing is such an important act for someone who wants to have healthy gums, then dentists recommend that it should be done at least once every day while brushing has to be done twice every day. For these who have special needs, meeting such recommendation can turn to be difficult since the area that requires more flossing is on the gum line. In this case, the person should use a threader which helps to make the floss to reach such difficult places found near gums.

A floss threader is a disposable and simple tool used to care for the teeth and it can be found in most pharmacies and groceries. It can be used together with any type of floss.

Normally, the floss threader is meant to get floss in two teeth where it is impossible to get the floss in normal circumstances. The example with fixed bridge, is that it is more about the teeth which had been joined together and because of such join, there is no way of flossing between the teeth using a normal method.  However, there are small places found under a bridge which has to be cleaned.

Woman flossing teeth


How to use the threader

  • The person should pull of at least 12 up to 18 inches of his preferred dental floss
  • He should insert an end of a dental floss, at least for five inches into a loop of a threader
  • Passing a floss threader under or over dental appliances like bridges, permanent retainer and braces.
  • To Remove a threader away of the floss so that someone can floss gently forth and back and down and up on the gum line of a teeth
  • The process should be repeated for the entire mouth.

Flossing with a threader takes longer compared to flossing without any, but it is the best way to use for someone who cannot get the floss easily between the teeth or on the gum line.  It is a practical solution to the people who want to keep their dental health at the best.

The trick to use the threader is to know how to hold its tip. What someone should do is holding the threader more closely on the teeth like someone who wants to lift a rear of a thread up to so that it may aim download in the tongue direction.

He can then slide a tip of the threader gently under a bridge or between two of these teeth. The user should keep aiming downward on the tongue. Now the threader should wiggle gently when it slides into such tiny space.

If the threader feels as if its slipping through, he can gently feel it using the tongue or if it appeared at the inner side of a teeth. When it has entered, then using a thumb and a finger, a person can pull out the threader slowly inside. This will pull out the floss with the threader. One end of floss has to be kept outside of the teeth using one hand.

Now that the floss had been threaded within the bridge, the person may take an end of floss out of a threader loop and then use the floss like a normal way to clean under the gums found next on a tooth

After this, then the user can pull the floss backwards or forward according to which area he started.

To clean fixed bridge, at the lower jaw, the user has to aim at the opposite way or upwards. By pulling down the lower lip a little bit next to the floss, the user may aim at floss threader upwards towards the roof of a mouth.

Healthy smile


Good flossing techniques has to be backed up by the right brushing

Even if the floss threader is known to clean under the bridges, it is also known to be used on fixed dental braces which are meant to straighten the teeth. The wires and brackets used love to trap too much of the plaque which means that it is more important in cleaning between the teeth in a careful manner but it can turn to be even more difficult.


Why flossing is important

To achieve the success of the dental treatment, it goes hand in hand with learning how to take care of the oral health. It is important to keep the restoration with the adjacent gums and teeth clear of any debris or plaque. It is important to know how to get rid of the food under the braces or bridges after eating.

It is not easy to keep the teeth and gums near the bridges health with any plaque. This is why people should learn how to use floss threaders and superfloss. Superfloss is a type of the dental floss found in two different sections, it is stiff and thin and it is easy to threat it within tight areas.  It is easy to enter the superfloss under the braces, to get the floss there and then to floss as anyone would do it.

According to the situation, it may be recommended that a person uses some extra tools and to help in keeping the braces and bridges plaque free. At the beginning, this may look somehow awkward in cleaning up the braces or new bridges in this way, but in at least a week, the person will be accustomed to such dental routine.  To achieve the best result, the threader has to be used every day to clean all the area in the mouth.

Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including: Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works). They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude. GREAT aftercare package.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
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