Oral Health ABCs: Dental Floss

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If you wish for your teeth to be in the best possible condition and free of the effects of periodontal disease, it is important to always make sure you’re improving and enhancing your oral health care. One particularly important treatment that should always be on your short list of primary concentrations is dental floss and flossing techniques. By improving your flossing technique, and the products you are using, you can improve your oral health and your health care.

If you are using traditional dental floss, try to use a strand of thread that is roughly 18” in length for each section. Make sure to floss between every single tooth, including behind your back row of teeth. For easy maneuverability up and down a floss thread, wrap the strand around a finger on each hand. A standard flossing session should normally take around two to three minutes in length. Floss every day and never use the same strand of floss more than once.

As an alternative to threaded floss, try using an alternative interdental cleaner such as a water flosser. Water flossers are designed to effectively clean between teeth by using a steady beam of water to rinse away the debris. Water flossers are highly effective for treading teeth that are hindered by dental procedures that may get in the way of traditional threaded floss, including bridges and implants. Furthermore, water flossers are easier to use and are highly recommended for individuals who may suffer from problems flossing effectively, such as muscle ailments or old age.

If you are looking to improve your smile with an oral health care treatment at James R. Knochel, D.D.S., P.C., you are welcome to book an appointment with Dr. James R. Knochel and our team at our dentist office in Tucson, Arizona. We can be reached at 520-747-7944. Let us help you get a healthier smile today!