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While some have recently questioned the necessity for interdental cleaning (like flossing), here at Ifantis Dental Care, we know that cleaning between teeth is a vital part of oral hygiene.
 
Cleaning between teeth helps remove a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque contains bacteria that live on the leftover sugars and food particles in your mouth. The bacteria eat away at the outer layer of your teeth, and can cause cavities and gum disease. Thus, flossing and other interdental cleaners can help keep your mouth healthy!
 
There are many options available to you for cleaning between your teeth: dental floss (waxed, unwaxed, flavored or unflavored, or even comfort floss), a dental pick, a wooden plaque remover, or a pre-strung flosser. If you choose to use a wooden plaque remover, talk to your dentist about how to use it safely so you don’t injure the tender tissue of the mouth.
 
Some mouths have a hard time with conventional flossing techniques, especially if you have braces or dental bridges. In this case, water flossing may be a good idea! These can also be great if you have trouble flossing by hand.
 
Flossing should not be painful. It is normal for some discomfort to be present if you are first starting out, but if the pain persists for more than a week or two, call your dentist.
 
Remember, children need to floss, too! Start with your child as soon as they have two teeth touching one another. Because of the greater agility and skill required for flossing, your child is likely to require assistance until the age of 10 or 11.
 
Some have asked if it is better to floss before or after you brush. Remember, the most important part about interdental cleaning is that it gets done, once a day! Before brushing, after brushing, night time, lunch time–anytime is a great time to floss!
 
Call Ifantis Dental Care at (847) 268.4998 and ask your dentist about the best interdental cleaner for you.