Your daily oral hygiene routine is key to a healthy, beautiful smile. Your oral care tools should include an ADA approved toothbrush, toothpaste, interdental flossing cleaner, and a mouthwash (if needed). A flossing tool is important to keep your smile free from tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing is “an important oral hygiene practice” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and this is because your toothbrush can’t clean those tight spaces between the teeth.
You can find a variety of interdental flossers right at your local supermarket or drugstore. The goal is to find one that you enjoy using so that you will do it once a day. Your options include any of the following:
- Water flossers
- Small brushes
- Dental floss
- Dental tape
- Wooden or plastic flossing picks
- Pre-threaded flossers
Removing plaque and oral debris is keeps it from hardening into a mineral deposit called tartar that necessitates professional removal by your dental team. These deposits make it harder to clean your teeth and invite tooth decay and gum disease. This may manifest with your gums swelling and bleeding–a sign of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease.
If you have questions about how to best care for your smile, our dentist, Dr. Jorge Pinera, is happy to help. We invite you to call Sensitive Dental in Houston, Texas, at 281-531-1000, and allow our dental professionals to help your smile thrive!