Why are interdental tools necessary? Brushing your teeth is a terrific oral health habit to combat tooth decay and gum disease, but unfortunately, it is not enough. Brushing cannot adequately remove food debris and plaque buildup between teeth, which instead must be performed with an interdental tool such as dental floss.
Listed below are a few outstanding facts and techniques concerning dental floss:
- Typically, try to use a piece of thread that is about 18 inches long, so it will have enough space to clean all areas between your teeth, with a new section for each tooth.
- If possible, try to use a dental floss or interdental cleaner that has been given the ADA Seal of Acceptance, or make sure it has been recommended by your dentist for regular use.
- Preferably, you should always try to use a shred-resistant floss such as single-filament thread.
- You should floss at least two minutes per session, making sure you floss between every single tooth and behind your teeth in the furthest row back.
- To avoid recontamination, never use the same section of a strand twice.
If you are looking to restore damaged teeth, or enhance your smile further, contact Dr. Sam Cigno and our team at Bellefontaine Family Dental. We can be reached by calling us at 314-741-5133 to book a reservation to see us at our office in St. Louis, Missouri. We will be glad to help you achieve the results you are looking for.