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Caring for your smile often comes in many steps. Although we often think about how brushing is extremely important for your smile, brushing your teeth alone is not enough to keep your smile safe from all tooth hazards that can arise. In addition, you will need to make sure that you are cleaning the areas between teeth that brushing cannot reach. In order to accomplish this, the use of interdental cleaning tools such as a dental floss will be needed.

When flossing your teeth, always make sure you’re using the appropriate products. For additional help, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance, which is awarded to products that meet the standards of safety and effectiveness. For additional help, contact your dentist for product recommendations and suggestions.

Always try to use dental floss that is shred-resistant. This ensures that your flossing session can be done without the thread tearing. Ideally, you should focus on flossing your teeth for 2 minutes every session making sure you’ve flossed between each and every tooth and behind the back row as well. If you struggle with traditional dental floss, consider using an alternative cleaner such as a water flosser.

When flossing your teeth with threaded floss, always use a strand that is roughly 16 to 20 “ in length. With a strand this long, you’ll be able to effectively clean between each tooth with a different section of the strand for each tooth. This will help to prevent contamination from taking place. In addition, always avoid using the same strand for more than one flossing session, as it should be thrown out after each use.

Don’t get left in the dark by having poor oral hygiene without interdental treatments. If you would like Dr. Ronald Fuhrmann and our team at Ronald C. Fuhrmann, DDS, A division of Atlantic Dental Care to bring you in for a comprehensive exam to determine if interdental treatments are right for you, please set up an appointment at our dentist office in Virginia Beach, Virginia, by calling us at 757-716-7943.