Use dental floss
One of the first rules for proper daily oral hygiene is to regularly use dental floss. Dental floss is an essential tool for cleaning the space between the teeth, which prevents the accumulation of food residues and the formation of plaque and tartar. Dental floss should not be used alone, but always in the company of a toothbrush and toothpaste, and possibly mouthwash.
During the visit to a dentist, it is possible to get advice, based on the state of your teeth, on the most suitable dental floss to clean the space between the teeth. They can also show you how to use it in the right way. As for the frequency of use, it is advisable to use dental floss at least once a day, preferably in the evening, after the last meal, to leave the mouth clean.
It is very important that you use dental floss correctly, something that takes practice to master. The maneuvers of sliding the dental floss in the space between tooth and tooth should never be performed hastily and inattentively, otherwise, you risk inflaming the gums or not completely removing food residues, thus encouraging the formation of plaque and tartar. If the dental floss repeatedly breaks at a specific point between the teeth, it can be a sign of the presence of an accumulation of tartar that must be removed by the dentist.
Use an interdental brush
Another essential tool for cleaning the space between the teeth and for proper oral hygiene is the interdental brush. This tool is particularly useful in case of large spaces between the teeth or in case of gingival recession, to clean the spaces created between teeth.
The brush usually consists of a plastic handle and artificial bristles and is a necessary tool to clean the interdental spaces, avoiding the danger of plaque and tartar build-up, which are primarily responsible for tooth decay and gum disease.
Its use is recommended after main meals, at least twice a day, and before proceeding with brushing with a toothbrush and toothpaste. When using the brush, it is necessary to pay attention to the inclination of the bristles and the horizontal action between the teeth, always carrying out the operation gently so as not to traumatize the gums. For more information, speak to a dentist today at Good Samaritan Dental.