Along with your toothbrush and toothpaste, your interdental cleaner is a vital part of your oral hygiene kit. Make sure to use ADA approved products, as they will be both safe and effective on your smile. The right interdental flosser will clean the tight spaces between teeth and around your gumline. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has stated that flossing is “an important oral hygiene practice”, so be sure to find one you like and use it every day.
Fortunately, there are a variety of flossers on the market today. Your choices include dental floss or dental tape, water flossers, small brushes, wooden or plastic flossing picks, and pre-threaded flossers. The goal is to clean plaque and oral debris out of the tight spaces between your teeth.
This is important because if plaque is allowed to harden, it will form into a hard mineral deposit that will require removal by your dentist/hygienist using special tools. Once tartar (the hardened plaque) builds up on your pearly whites, it is harder to brush and clean your teeth. In addition, you may find your gums swelling, and bleeding. That is not a good sign, as those are symptoms of gingivitis, the early stages of gum disease.
To round out your oral care routine, find an in interdental cleaner you are comfortable using and floss daily between your hard-to-reach tooth surfaces to lower your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
If you would like more information or have questions on how to care for your smile, our dentist dentist, Dr. Catalina Phan, is happy to help. We invite you to call Campbell Dental Care in Campbell, California, at 408-364-1122, and let us help you keep your smile thriving!