Oral Health Outliers: Dental Floss

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To effectively make sure that all areas of your mouth are clean, you will need to have comprehensive cleaning tools and techniques to clean all areas around your teeth. This includes making sure you brush twice a day on your teeth and gums and your tongue to clean away debris in the back of your mouth. However, your brush will not be able to clean between your teeth. In situations such as this, an interdental cleaner for tooth hazard risks needs to be used.

If you haven’t made sure already, you need to make sure that you are using your interdental cleaner safely and correctly. Ideally, you should be using it for 2 to 3 minutes every day and cleaning between every single tooth and cleaning teeth in the back of your mouth. It’s up to you to determine which tool would be best for you, whether it be a water flosser or threaded floss. Both options are highly reliable for cleaning out between teeth. Your focus should be on removing plaque buildup and bacteria as they can lead to potential tooth decay and gum disease.

If you use thread, always throw out each strand after use and never use the same section of a strand between more than one tooth during a flossing session. This means you will have to floss with the thread that is roughly 18” in length so you can move up and down the strand as needed. Use a sturdy grip but not one that’s going to cut and damage your gums or tooth enamel. Never use the same strand for more than one cleaning session, as doing so can cause contamination to occur. Thus, throw out the strand after use.

Do you still have lingering questions about interdental cleaners? James Voorhees and our team at our dental office in Lenexa, Kansas, are always here to help you take the steps to building a healthier you. You are welcome to call James T. Voorhees, DDS at 913-888-2474 to book an appointment with us to discuss your options for interdental cleaning tools.