Super Smiles: Dental Floss

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Are you aware of the risks associated with poor oral hygiene? Oral hygiene refers to the oral health care treatment you use to help keep your mouth clean. If you are not improving your oral hygiene each year, you could be leaving your mouth susceptible to several health risks. Not only should you be cleaning off your teeth and gums as well as your tongue with a reliable toothbrush, but you should also be using dental floss to keep the spaces between your teeth clean and free of debris. However, not only is dental floss dependent on using appropriate tools, but the techniques you use are vital as well.

Effective interdental cleaning routines through the use of a dental floss are essential if you wish to clean the areas between your teeth. Although water flossers can also work to clean between teeth, it’s often simply a matter of preference of which type of interdental cleaner you choose. If you do decide to use a dental floss thread, make sure that you’re taking your time to gently clean between each tooth. If you miss any areas, you leave yourself vulnerable to several oral health risks. Furthermore, it’s important to make sure that you prevent contamination from occurring by never using the same strand more than once. Ideally, you should use a long piece of floss, so you can move up and down as needed without using the same section between more than one tooth. After you’re finished, throw out the entire strand.

For additional help with choosing which product will work best for you, it may be wise to visit your dentist for product suggestions. In regard to thread, make sure you find dental floss that is shred-resistant.

Your smile and your oral health care can receive a boost with interdental cleaners. If you wish to visit the dental office of ADC Dental & Denture Clinic Inc. in Medford, Oregon, you can book an exam by calling us at 541-772-8280. Dr. Teresa Eplett and our entire team look forward to providing you with the professional cleanings and care you need.