How often do you find yourself reaching for dental floss? The answer should be at least once every day. This is because you should be flossing between your teeth daily. However, individuals often forget to clean between their teeth and thus end up more prone to oral health risks such as tooth decay and cavities. This is because brushing alone cannot easily remove debris and plaque in areas between teeth. Through the use of interdental cleaning tools such as dental floss or a water flosser, you can easily clean between your teeth.
The question is often raised as to which is better between a water flosser or dental floss. However, they are both effective, and it often comes down to which you prefer and which one will work best for your individual oral health care needs. If you do decide to use traditional threaded floss, it is important to use it daily for at least two to three minutes every session. Make sure to floss between each and every tooth, including the teeth in the back row. Furthermore, make sure you are never cross contaminating your mouth by moving debris from one area to another due to using the same section of your floss. Instead, always use a fresh section of the floss between each tooth.
If you decide to forgo the use of traditional threaded floss, speak with your dentist about the use of a water flosser. Your dentist will be able to tell you about product recommendations and suggestions should you decide a water flosser is right for you. Water flossers are highly effective interdental cleaning tools that clean between teeth using beams of water. They have been proven to aid in the prevention of gum disease and clean out areas between teeth just as traditional floss does. They’re also easy to use and often effective for individuals who struggle with flossing due to muscle ailments or old age.
Do you believe you are ready for interdental cleaners? If so, you can schedule an appointment with your dentist at Quality Dental Care, by calling us at 360-448-7018. Dr. Bogdan Bodroug and our entire team at our dentist office in Vancouver, Washington can get you back to smiling once more!