Understanding Dental Floss

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To make sure you are flossing as best as possible, it is a good idea to have tools that can accomplish the task effectively. If you’re using products that are going to fail you, your oral hygiene will eventually fail as well. To make sure your mouth is safe and clean, always use appropriate techniques and tools to accomplish the tasks you expect of them. This is especially true with dental floss. When flossing, you will need to make sure that you reach all areas between teeth because other treatments such as brushes will not be able to reach those areas alone.

The first step in making sure that you are flossing correctly is by selecting the correct dental floss. All dental floss threaded products should be shred-resistant. If you use a product that is not shred-resistant, you run the risk of it tearing and fraying while you’re using it, and thus, not fully cleaning your mouth as you need to. Because each tooth needs to be cleaned and maintained, you will need shred-resistant floss so that you can clean between all teeth in a single session. Ideally, this should take you between 2 to 3 minutes. You do not need to rush yourself though, as doing a quality job is more effective than doing a rush job. In addition, make sure you avoid recontamination as much as possible. This includes making sure to never use the same section of a thread more than once. By doing so, you would run the risk of moving plaque and debris from one area over to another area in your mouth. To help prevent this, always use long strands of floss that can be moved up and down easily.

No matter the interdental cleaning tips you are in need of, Dr. Tyjuan Williams and our team at Tyjuan Williams DMD are here to help you in every way we can. If you would like to set up an appointment to come see us at our dental office in Augusta, Georgia, please call us at 706-868-4200 to speak with a member of our team.