Cleaning Between The Teeth OR Interdental Cleaning
- Interdental cleaning refers to cleaning between the teeth.
- Decay usually starts on the chewing surfaces of teeth and at the contact point between the teeth.
- Plaque and food particles stick to the teeth in these areas.
- The bacteria in plaque are able to convert these food particles into acids.
- It is the major cause of tooth decay and gum disease.
- You need to be aware of the fact that plaque is being formed continuously.
- Plaque formation and growth cannot be stopped.
It can only be controlled by regular daily brushing, flossing and the use of other dental aids.
This must be accompanied by a six monthly dental scaling and polishing of the teeth.
- There are two essential daily routines that will prevent decay and gum disease.
They are to brush your teeth and clean between your teeth, at least twice a day.
- Tooth brushing is necessary, but it cannot reach between the teeth.
- Cleaning between the teeth is made possible with the use of dental floss.
- Why it is important to use dental floss.
- Dental floss is the best way to clean the tooth surfaces between the teeth.
- Different types of floss are available, such as regular floss, dental tape and super floss.
- Floss is also available on a plastic holder, in the shape of a bow. It forms “the string of the bow” and it makes flossing very manageable.
- Here are a few tips for flossing as demonstrated below:
- Use a 12-15inch (30-40cm) length of floss.
- Wrap the floss around your middle fingers.
- Hold the floss between the thumb and forefinger of each hand.
- Leave about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
- The floss must be taut when it is used.
- Gently guide the floss across the contact point between the teeth.
- When the floss is in position between the teeth, rub it up and down a few times against each tooth surface, one after the other.
- This is then repeated for all the teeth in the mouth.
- Be careful not to cut your gums with the floss.
- A sharp downward thrust of the floss will damage the gum and make it bleed.
- Your dentist will be happy to show you how to floss, and choose which floss is best for you.
- The floss holders shown above are easy to use, if you have difficulty using the conventional floss.
Floss on hands
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