Even though we often think about our brushing techniques and products we use to keep our smile safe, an often-overlooked part of our oral health care and hygiene routine is our dental floss. Rarely do we give a second thought to our dental floss techniques or the products we are using. This can be very detrimental to your health because it is essential that you are cleaning between your teeth safely and effectively.
If you wish to clean your teeth, it is first important to understand which products can best keep your oral health care needs in check. Effective options to consider for interdental cleaning are threaded dental flossers and water flossers. Whereas threaded flossers use a piece of thread to clean between teeth, water flossers use a beam of water. If you have any questions about your interdental cleaning utensils, speak with your dentist about product recommendations or suggestions, or look for products that feature the American Dental Association’s ADA Seal of Acceptance.
You need to make sure that you’re cleaning between each tooth and behind the teeth in the back. Ideally, you should be flossing for 2 minutes every day. If you decide to use a threaded floss, always make sure it is long enough to clean between each tooth without causing recontamination to occur. Typically, you should use a thread that is roughly 18 “ in like. Wrap an end of the strand around a finger on each hand and place it between each tooth gently and slowly, ensuring that you clean all areas between your teeth. Once you’re finished, throw out the strand and use a new piece for each subsequent day.
Building a better oral health regime begins on the back of interdental treatments. When you are ready to visit the dentist office of Hartsdale Family Dental in Hartsdale, New York, for interdental treatments, you can book an exam by calling us at 914-205-3750. Dr. Paul Greco and our entire team look forward to providing you with the interdental treatments you need.