Our overall health depends to a large extent on our oral health, and our oral health depends on cleaning between teeth. Our teeth have five surfaces and we need to clean them all. A toothbrush can remove debris and plaque from most tooth surfaces, but not the areas in between, and this is where most plaque and debris lives. That’s why interdental cleaning procedures like dental flossing and brushing are so important to our oral health.
How to Improve Your Oral Health
Simply brushing twice a day isn’t enough to keep your mouth clean. Tray these alongside regular brushing for a healthier mouth.
a. Dental Flossing
Flossing at least once a day can boost oral health considerably. It’s also something you get good at with practice. And the best time to floss is when you’re not in a hurry. You need time to be thorough with cleaning.
To get the most out of flossing, you need proper technique. First, stand in front of a mirror. Then, take approximately 50 cm of floss and wind most of it around each middle finger. Now, hold the floss between your thumb and index finger; make sure it’s taut. Gently slide it in between your teeth and move it to and fro. Don’t thread the floss into your gums. Now curve the floss around the base of one tooth and gently move it up and down. Go beneath the gum line and curve the floss around the other tooth. Repeat. And don’t miss the back surface of your last molars. Proper flossing can prevent many common dental problems.
b. Interdental Brushing
Compared to regular dental flossing, interdental brushing is an efficient and easy way to clean between teeth. It has many benefits and works best if you don’t have tight interdental spaces.
Interdental brushes are available in various sizes. Depending on your interdental spaces, you might need more than one.
For proper cleaning in between teeth, your interdental brush must slide in with only slight resistance and should feel snug between your teeth. You shouldn’t need to push it. Once the brush is in between your teeth, move it back and forth gently to clean the space. And don’t miss your back teeth.
Dental flossing and interdental brushing can save you unwanted trips to the dentist. Cleaning the spaces between teeth will prevent cavities, loss of teeth, gum disease, and other oral problems. It will also reduce the chances of other critical diseases caused by poor oral hygiene, including cardiovascular problems. Along with cleaning in between teeth, don’t forget to schedule dental appointments for regular cleaning and checkups.