The Links Between Your Oral Health and Dental Floss

Are you aware of the importance of dental floss? Dental floss is an interdental cleaning tool designed to clean between your teeth. Because brushing alone cannot clean between teeth, dental floss is essential for making sure your smile is well protected from the risks of plaque buildup and debris that may be linked to eating. Only through a combination of brushing and flossing every day can you hope to protect your teeth and gums effectively.

Enhancing your smile with dental floss can be easily obtained and achieved by making sure to always clean all areas of a tooth. Because toothbrushes cannot clean between teeth, an interdental cleaning tool such as dental floss will need to be used. However, not all dental floss products are equal. Always make sure that if you’re using threaded dental floss to seek out single-filament thread as it is shred-resistant and will not tear or fray upon use.

When flossing between your teeth, focus on a session that lasts 2 to 3 minutes per day. Always use a different strand every flossing session and make sure to never use the same section of a strand between more than one tooth. This is important as it prevents the risks of recontamination. To accomplish this, always seek out a strand that is roughly 18 inches in length, so you can move up and down the strand as needed.

If you are interested in more information about interdental care from our dentist office in Grass Valley, California, call us at 530.273.4442. Dr. Paul L. Evans and our team look forward to seeing you soon.

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