Novi Dentist Shares Flossing Options
We all know how important it is to floss every day. You need to remove the food debris and particles so bacteria have nothing to feed on. Otherwise, you face tooth decay and gum disease. There are many options out there when it comes to cleaning between your teeth. Let’s take a closer look at all of them.
The ADA says that only about 40% of people will floss each day. In fact, 20% of people have never flossed. One of the traditional ways to handle this is with conventional stringed floss. It’s the cheapest and most accepted way of managing your dental care needs.
You simply take the floss between each tooth and gently glide it back and forth.
If you can’t use string floss, you might want to try interdental brushes instead. They are also known as interproximal brushes. Basically, it’s just a small brush that has an integral handle. Many people with orthodontic devices find this type helpful because it fits between the dental wires.
Simply insert it from one side of the teeth after getting it wet. Then you slide the brush tip around the surface to clean both sides. Rinse your mouth with warm water and you’re all done.
For those that can’t get the hang of an interdental brush or floss, an oral irrigator might be another option. This unit supplies a pulsating stream of water between the teeth. Many people find that it makes cleaning below the gum line more comfortable with this device.
Simply, fill up the reservoir with warm water and start at low pressure. Clean the teeth and in between with the pulsating water. Make sure you clean the front and back.
Which One is Best?
There’s no right answer between the three. They each have their own pros and cons. What’s most important is that you are taking steps to clean between your teeth every day. If you need help deciding which version is right for your needs, have a talk with your Novi dentist at your next appointment.