Interdental cleaners are tools for removing plaque and debris that dislodges in between the teeth. Two common types are oral irrigators and dental floss. Removing plaque that is stuck in between the teeth helps prevent cavities as well as gum disease. Often, many people use dental floss to get rid of bacterial plaque and it is effective at removing that sticky biofilm found in the interdental region, but only when you use it correctly on a regular basis.
Why People Don't Like Flossing
Many people will skip flossing because it is painful or they find it hard to reach those areas in between the teeth. Also, it is not easy to properly hold the floss. Additionally, a majority of people don't think that it is necessary to floss when they brush thoroughly. Flossing also takes too much time and can make the gums bleed.
Opting for Oral Irrigators
People say that oral irrigators are effective and gentle on their gums. Also referred to as water flossers, oral irrigators have become more popular as interdental cleaners because they don't irritate the gums and are easy to use, particularly in people with braces. Additionally, water flossers tend to clean out deep pockets more effectively, especially in people with gum disease. Oral irrigators are safe to use if you have dental implants.
Interdental Cleaners Can Help Fight Gum Disease
Bacteria in your mouth can lead to gum disease, which threatens your smile. The bacteria feed on the plaque. If you fail to remove plaque, it hardens to form tartar. Brushing twice a day and using an interdental cleaner helps remove bacterial plaque, hence keeping your gums healthy. If you have gum disease, you should see a dentist for treatment. However, you can prevent this disease by ensuring that you floss and brush. Contact us today to learn more about flossing and what kind of floss to use. Schedule an appointment with us at our periodontics office.