The significance of dental floss for your oral health care cannot be understated. Even though brushing your teeth is an excellent tool to combat tooth decay and gum disease there are areas between your teeth that cannot be reached. Instead, these areas must be cleaned via the use of an interdental tool such as dental floss.
If you are flossing with threaded dental floss, try to use a strand that is roughly 16 to 20 inches long. To prevent contamination, use a different section of the strand between each tooth. Floss between each tooth and behind the teeth in the back row. After using the dental strand, throw it away, making sure to use a new piece of thread for each new flossing session.
It is important to always make sure you are flossing every single day. Also make sure to use the right selection of dental floss, specifically those that are shred resistant. With shred resistant floss such as single filament thread, the strand will not fray or rip when in use. Furthermore, if your muscles are too weak or if you are getting old, consider switching to an alternative interdental cleaning tool such as a water flosser.
Don’t wait until it’s too late for a professional cleaning. If you would like to know if you need additional oral health care treatments, please book an oral exam with Dr. Edward B. Miller and our team at Edward B. Miller, DDS at our dentist office in Duncanville, Texas, by calling us at 972-298-6131. It’s never too late to start taking steps to a healthier you!