Even though brushing your teeth is often considered one of the most vital oral health care habits for cleaning your teeth, did you know there is more to it? For keeping your mouth clean, as well as lowering your risks for tooth decay and gum disease, it is not the only daily oral health care treatment you should be using. The areas between your teeth cannot easily be reached with brushing alone, so don’t forget to supplement your oral health care with an interdental tool such as dental floss.
A single session of flossing should typically range from 2-3 minutes, with every tooth crevice being cleaned, including the ones in the back. Use a threaded floss strand that is roughly 18 inches in length to ensure you can use a new section of the piece between every single tooth. This helps decrease the risk of bacterial contamination to occur.
Be sure to look for products that feature the ADA Seal of Acceptance, which ensures the products are considered safe and effective. When selecting a brand of dental floss, also look for products that are shred resistant, including single filament thread. If you are getting older or if you have weak muscles, and standard flossing with thread is proving difficult, you may want to consider switching to an interdental tool such as a water flosser.
Dr. Jon Molinare and all of our wonderful team are located in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Molinare Dental Group for a professional cleaning, please call our dentist office at 973-993-1979. Let us help you get a whiter, brighter smile today!