While some question the importance of interdental cleaning, here at Ontario Chino Dental Center we know that flossing is an integral part of healthy oral hygiene. You can improve your flossing by remembering these simple tips:
The Right Product: When choosing a dental floss, look for a single-filament floss that features the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. This means the product has been fully tested by the ADA and meets rigorous standards for safety and effectiveness. A single filament thread will help reduce fraying and breakage during a flossing session.
A single thread for a flossing session should be about 18 inches long; use a new section of thread for each tooth. This avoids spread any debris between teeth. Floss for 2 to 3 minutes per session. Work the floss gently between teeth and use steady sawing motions, working around every tooth (don’t forget the back molars!). Be gentle–remember, your goal is to remove debris, not grind your teeth away or tear at your gums.
Alternatives: If you are having trouble with conventional flossing, talk to your dentist about other options. There are ADA approved products for sensitive teeth, fun flavors, and even alternative interdental cleaning methods such as water-flossing.
No matter the needs you have for your teeth, our team at Ontario Chino Dental Center can help. Dr. Krupakar Reddy Yeturu and our team can give you a comprehensive oral examination to help you decide how you can improve your at-home oral health routines. To schedule a visit to our dentist office in Ontario, California, call us at 909-984-2476. Come see us, and let us show you the benefits of clean teeth today!