Are you aware of the role that dental floss plays in your oral health? Brushing your teeth is an ideal 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 alternatively must be done with an interdental tool such as dental floss.
Listed below are a few standard facts and techniques concerning dental floss:
– If possible, try to use a dental floss or interdental cleaner that has been given the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance, or make sure it has been approved by your dentist for regular use.
– To avoid recontamination, never use the same segment of a strand more than once.
– Always floss at least two minutes per session, making sure you floss between every last tooth and behind your teeth in the furthest row back.
– Typically, try to go for 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 to be used between each tooth.
– Ideally, you should always try to use a shred-resistant floss, specifically, single-filament thread.
If you would like Dr. Timothy B. Chatterley and our team at Bright Smiles Dental to bring you in for an oral exam, please contact our dentist office in Casselberry, Florida, by calling us at 407-628-1066. We can get you on the path to smiles for miles!