As with all interdental cleaning tools, it is important to make sure that you are always using them effectively and not leaving big lapses in between treatments. Plaque and debris can easily get stuck between teeth, so it is important to always have effective interdental cleaning tools to rinse out areas that toothbrushes cannot reach. Through the use of dental floss or alternative interdental cleaning tools such as water flossers, you’ll be able to clean between teeth to ensure your smile can continue to thrive as intended. By flossing every day, you will lower your risk for gum disease, tooth decay, cavities and several other oral health conditions.
If you choose to use traditional dental floss, always focus on using a strand that is roughly 18 inches in length. This allows an individual to be able to effectively clean between each and every tooth without using the same section of the floss. This is imperative to avoid cross-contamination where you spread plaque and debris around. After you finish flossing, be sure to throw out the thread. If you would like to ensure your thread will not tear or rip, look for single-filament thread that is shred-resistant.
If you would like an alternative interdental cleaning tool for your flossing care, speak with your dentist about water flossers. Water flossers are designed to clean between teeth using a steady jet of water. Through the use of water flossers, you can effectively clean between teeth just as dental floss can. Water flossers are also highly effective for individuals who have oral appliances in place that may be difficult to floss around with traditional thread. This includes orthodontic aligners, dentures, dental bridges and dental crowns.
The best smiles begin with interdental cleaners. If you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. J. Richard Burch at our dentist office in Kansas City, Missouri, for interdental cleaners, please call us at 816-822-0990. Our team at KC Smile Doc would be glad to take care of any oral health care needs you may have.