Springtime Smiles: Dental Floss

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Are you aware of the benefits that using interdental cleaning tools can provide for your smile? Your brush and toothpaste are essential for cleaning your mouth and clearing away plaque and bacteria. But brushing alone it is not enough when it comes to cleaning between teeth. To reach those areas, interdental cleaning tools such as a water flosser or dental floss will need to be used. Whereas a water flosser uses steady streams of water to clean between teeth, dental floss uses a threaded material to gently dislodge plaque and debris.

Ideally, you will want to floss at least once per day every single day. If you’re using traditional dental floss, use a strand that is roughly 18” in length so you can wrap it around a finger on each hand and clean between each tooth. Never use the same section of floss more than once and never use the same strand for more than one day. Your teeth will not be clean and you will only spread food particles and bacteria around your mouth. Of course, you should also augment your brushing and flossing with a visit with our dentists every 6 months for a professional cleaning.

Now is the best time to visit the dental office of Dentists 'R Us for a cleaning and an examination. Dr. Ali Nia and our team at our office in Gilbert, Arizona, is here to ensure you receive the professional care you need to keep your smile in peak condition. We can be reached by calling us at 480-558-7500.