Dental Floss

Dental floss is a thin thread-like object used to clean the spaces between two adjacent teeth (interdental spaces). The interdental spaces are the places where sticky and fibrous food gets struck, but it is hard to clean using a normal toothbrush. To prevent tooth decay, floss every day.

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I feel like all my teeth are loose and going to fall out. Can this issue be reversed?

Query: Hi doctor, I used to have bruxism (now I do not because I wear a mouth guard), and now my gums are receding. It feels loose and worn out, and I cannot even eat soft foods without them feeling wobbly. I cannot even speak properly because I feel like my teeth are going to fall out. Are all my teeth g...  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have been through your query. You are using Corsodyl mouthwash. That contains Chlorhexidine gluconate and is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used to treat various aphthous ulcers or other oral infections. But, if you had listened to the previous dentist, he woul...  Read Full »

I have bad breath even after brushing my teeth and tongue and using mouthwash. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My breath has been smelling bad even after brushing my teeth and tongue and using mouthwash.   Read Full »


Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I hope you are good. Thanks for approaching icliniq. I saw your query. I will help you solve the issue. Bad breath may be due to many reasons like calculus, food deposits in wisdom teeth, dental caries, gastric diseases, gastric ulcers, and many more. I advise y...  Read Full »

I am highly conscious of my oral health. So please guide me on how to use flossing properly.

Query: Hi doctor, I am new to flossing. Can you brief me on how to use it, frequency, method, best brand, etc.? I already brush twice daily and rinse my mouth after that with a mouth rinse. But already afraid to floss, fearing it would cut my gums if I did not use it the right way. The doctor guided me on ...  Read Full »


Dr. Bhargav Reddy Gutha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Upon review, these were the findings- a) Dental floss use. b) Mouthrinse use. Elaborately these are to be done for-. a) Dental floss is used to clean interdental areas below the contact point and gingival papilla. b) Mouthrinse should not be used continuously for more tha...  Read Full »

My dentist recommended flossing for my bleeding gums. Should I do it?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the dental clinic to clean my tooth as I had plaque and bleeding gums. After the treatment, the doctor prescribed me a mouthwash and dental floss. I would like to know if flossing is absolutely necessary every day. Do all the people in the world use dental floss? What are the...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.The scaling procedure usually ends with oral hygiene instructions, including proper ways of brushing using an interdental brush, flossing, and using a mouthwash. It is not compulsory to use dental floss, but it is necessary in case of crowded teeth because the food parti...  Read Full »

Can I use one year old dental floss for cleaning my teeth?

Query: Hi, I went to a dentist one year back for scaling, and I was suggested to use dental floss. So I tried using it for a week and then discontinued it. Now I have tooth sensitivity (whole mouth and all teeth) while eating icecreams and hot drinks, so I think of using dental floss regularly as suggested...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Old dental floss can be used, but it depends on the embrasures or contacts between your teeth. I request you share a clinical picture of either front or back teeth. Dental floss does not cause any sensitivity unless some overzealous working...  Read Full »

I bought a pack of dental floss two years back. Can I use it now?

Query: Hi doctor,I visited a dentist nearly two years ago, and I was suggested to use dental floss. I tried using it for a week and then did not continue. Now I have tooth sensitivity and occasional pain. So I am thinking of using dental floss regularly as suggested by the dentist before. But I need to kno...  Read Full »


Dr. Dhanya Mary Sam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com.Tooth sensitivity and pain are different entities. So in which tooth do you have pain? The treatment is different for both, so can you please specify? Flossing can be done, but to be done correctly and to answer your query about whether your old floss can be used, I recomm...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to get my wisdom tooth removed?

Query: Hi doctor, Is it a must to remove wisdom tooth? I have attached an image of my tooth. Kindly advise if it is possible not to remove it.  Read Full »


Dr. Paras Angrish

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I can make out that the position of your wisdom tooth is not vertical that means, it is not coming at the normal position. My concern is, are you getting any pain in gums area? Is there any uneasiness whil...  Read Full »

Why are the gums lose around my teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old. It feels like my front six teeth are clicking. I saw a bit of blood whilst brushing my teeth, so flossed more rigorous than usual and now I feel like they are moving. My gums look healthy and I swilled with salt water as it is supposed to be good for healing. 7 years ag...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should keep using salt water gargle as much as possible. Some mobility is common for a person who had braces in the past. Do not floss too much or too deep. Wisdom tooth eruption causes mobility all over the teeth due to its constant pushing forward. Do not¬†worry too...  Read Full »

What should I do for gum irritation below premolar crown due to food lodgement?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a problem with my crown on premolar. Food gets stuffed in here and irritates. What should I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. One of the following options will help you get rid of this problem. 1. If there is only slight irritation and impaction of food between the crown tooth and the adjacent teeth, I would advise the simple use of dental floss to maintain cleanliness, and your complai...  Read Full »

What is the best way of keeping the teeth healthy?

Query: Hello doctor, What is the best way of keeping my teeth healthy?  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Menon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Prevention is always better than cure. Follow simple habits from a young age like brushing your teeth twice daily. Using mouthwashes and floss provides an added advantage. Try to avoid sticky foods as far as possible. Rinse your mouth thoroughly after every meal. Per...  Read Full »

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