Did you know that brushing and flossing are both necessary for optimum oral hygiene? Brushing your teeth is an outstanding habit to combat tooth decay and gum disease, but unfortunately, it is not enough. Brushing cannot satisfactorily remove food debris and plaque buildup between teeth, which instead must be done with an interdental tool such as dental floss.
Listed below are a few wonderful facts and techniques concerning dental floss:
– Ideally, you should always try to use a floss that does not shred, such as single-filament thread.
– Always floss at least two minutes per day, making sure you floss between every single tooth and behind your teeth in the furthest row back.
– To avoid recontamination, never use the same sector of a strand more than once.
– If at all possible, 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 for each tooth.
– Always to use a dental floss or interdental cleaner that has been given the ADA Seal of Acceptance, or make sure it has been approved by your dentist for regular use.
If you are looking to improve your smile at Philadelphia Dental Associates, you are welcome to book an appointment with Dr. Steve Hong & Dennis Fee and our team at our dentist office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We can be reached at 215-564-9010. Tooth decay and gum disease can be conquered, so feel free to come see us today.