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Preventing plaque from building up on your pearly whites is essential for a cavity-free smile. Brushing can clean all of the flat surfaces of your teeth, but a toothbrush can’t reach in between teeth to remove plaque.

Interdental flossing tools were created to complement your toothbrush. Together they form a formidable team to keeping tooth decay from invading your smile. While brushing is best done twice a day, flossing only needs to be done once. Flossing can be done at bedtime, or in the morning when you wake up, or after lunch. It really depends on your preferences. Many people like to go to bed with a clean mouth, but others are too tired. The important thing is to find a time that works for you and then do it, daily.

Skipping flossing allows the food particles and plaque to collect between the teeth. Over time, as the foods you eat feed the oral bacteria, they release acids. These acids attack the tooth enamel as they build up. With time, they create little holes in the enamel which invite cavities.

Removing this acidic buildup of plaque is the goal of daily brushing and flossing. Finding a flossing tool you can easily use and therefore want to use, is a good idea. You have many options available to you, and we recommend using an ADA approved product, because not only are they safe to use but they are proven to be effective. Some patients prefer dental wax, others prefer interdental brushes, still others like pre-threaded dental picks. Many patients have reported great success with oral irrigators as well.

If you are unsure about your flossing skills, you can always visit our office for more information and tips on flossing correctly. Our dentist, Dr. Gabe Brizze and our team at Toenjes, Brizzee and Orme are happy to help you in any way we can. Just call 208-624-3757 in St. Anthony, Idaho, today!