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When it comes to your oral health care, your interdental cleaner is an important took in your hygiene kit, right along with your toothbrush and toothpaste. Your toothbrush is designed to effectively clean your pearly whites, but it is not able to clean those tight spaces between them and around the gumline effectively.

So finding the right interdental cleaner is important when it comes to keeping tooth decay and gum disease from your smile. And the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services affirms that flossing is “an important oral hygiene practice”. Your job is to find a tool that works best for you, and then use it every day!

Luckily, you have a variety of dental flossers available to you. Finding one that is easy for you to use and enjoyable to use, is key. Take your pick of any of these methods of flossing:

  • Dental floss
  • Dental tape
  • Water flossers
  • Small brushes
  • Wooden or plastic flossing picks
  • Pre-threaded flossers

Flossing removes plaque and oral debris from between your teeth. If plaque isn’t removed, it hardens into tartar–a hard mineral deposit that will require professional removal using special tools. As tartar builds up it is harder to brush and clean your teeth, and your gums may begin to swell and bleed. As your gums do this, you are seeing the symptoms of gingivitis or early stage of gum disease.

If you would like more information or have questions on how to care for your smile, our dentist dentist, Dr. Kenneth Pilgrim, is happy to help. We invite you to call Kenneth Pilgrim in Flintstone, Georgia, at 706-820-0413, and let us help your smile thrive.