There are certain areas of our teeth surfaces which are located beneath the gum line and between our teeth which is called the interdental area, and which cannot be reached by the toothbrush.
More than 500 bacterial species can be found in plaque; some are good and some are bad for your mouth. Together with food debris, water and other components, the plaque buildup around the teeth and on the gum line will contribute to disease in teeth and gums. Despite the availability of modern oral care products and hygiene techniques, patients remain less than optimally effective in maintaining their oral health status.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), interdental cleaners such as floss or interdental brushes are an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums.
Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to decay or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach.
Interdental aids or instruments can really help to keep these oral problems, tooth cavities and bad breath away, before problems begin. These are recommended especially for patients who have many fillings, crowns or bridges or orthodontic patients.
Dentists and hygienists are in the best position to advise their patients on oral hygiene practices because they know their patient’s oral health status and health history.
It is advisable to start cleaning between your teeth at least once a day and include it as part of your usual brushing routine.
Flossing, in conjunction with regular tooth brushing, remains one of the primary oral hygiene regimens recommended by dental professionals to promote good oral health.
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