Reports by CNN indicate that a third of the American adult population are not flossing. It remains unknown why dental flossing hasn’t gained traction among Americans. Nevertheless, the Garden City Dental team agrees that a lack of adequate information on the benefit of flossing is to blame.
Getting rid of plaque
Plaque is an organic matrix on the teeth on which bacteria that cause tooth decay proliferate. It’s the reason why dentists, like Dr. Dominique Lizzio, Dr. John Cerrato, and Dr. George Sheehan, advise patients to observe daily dental hygiene practices. Hard to reach areas such as in-between the teeth are a common breeding ground for plaque. Unfortunately, toothbrushes are not designed to clean such spots. The Garden City Dental team recommends interdental cleaners to help with this issue.
These cleaners are tools specifically designed to clean those hard to reach sites in between your teeth and gums. A number of interdental cleaners exist. The most commonly known is floss, but wood and plastic toothpicks as well as interdental brushes among many others are also examples of alternatives. Whatever works for you is what we at Garden City Dental recommend, as all of these options do the job of disrupting the bacteria colonies from forming and causing tooth decay in the first place.
Your Garden City dentists highly recommend the use of interdental cleaners such as flossing thread daily to adequately clean in between the gums. Regular inter-dental cleaning reduces the risk of developing periodontal diseases and help preserve and strengthen your smile.