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If you wish to enhance your oral health through the use of oral hygiene routines, make sure you’re always brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every day as well. Flossing is essential for optimal health because brushing cannot adequately clean between teeth. Thus, an interdental tool such as a water flosser or dental floss will be needed. Deciding which tool will be best for your flossing needs depends on your oral health care setup and your personal preference. If you have any questions about the different types of interdental cleaners, speak with our dentist.

Many individuals believe that threaded dental floss is perfect for their needs. It’s been around for decades and has proven to be extremely durable. Furthermore, single filament thread is known to be shred-resistant. This is important as it will not fray or wear down as it’s being used. Furthermore, always used a thread that is long enough, so you do not use the same section of a thread between more than one tooth. If you use the same section of a thread, you will continually end up moving debris around your mouth and will simply re-contaminate other areas of your smile.

If dental floss is not working for you, or if you have previous restorations that make it difficult to clean between all your teeth, you may want to switch to an interdental tool. In the case of water flossers, a steady, concentrated beam of water is launched from the device directly onto your teeth. This helps to wash away any debris and plaque buildup that may be present. In situations where previous restorations such as dental crowns or bridges are in place, you will not be able to fully floss with thread. Thus, a water flosser should be used. Water flossers are also easy to operate and recommended for the elderly and individuals who have muscle or joint pain.

Your ideal smile starts with interdental cleaners. For an oral examination, call Bullitt Dental P.L.L.C. at 502-908-9434. Dr. Robert A. Bell and our team at our dentist office in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, is here to help you achieve the results you are looking for.