Gently floss floss between two teeth. If fit properly, you can use the action back and forth to floss through the narrow area. Do not break the dental floss, otherwise it may cut the gums.
Wrap floss on the front and back of a tooth to make it "C". This will wrap the dental floss on the side of the tooth.
Gently floss the dental floss toward the bottom of the tooth and into the space between the tooth and gums.
Move the floss up and down with light to ensure plaque removal in this area. Do not be too nervous to avoid chewing gum.
Repeat on all sides of the tooth, including the outermost of the last tooth. Push the dental floss to the clean side of each tooth edge.
Other dental instruments to clean the teeth
Many people have large spaces between their teeth and need extra tools called interdental cleaners to remove enough food particles and bacterial plaque. You may have more room for extra care if you have gum surgery or if you have missing or misaligned teeth.
The small toothbrush is a small bristle or filament brush that fits between the teeth and comes in a variety of sizes and handle designs. These brushes clean better than floss when gingival tissue does not completely fill the space between your teeth. These small brushes can also help the person in the orthodontic band to remove plaque around the leads and brackets.
Another tool that cleans teeth is a wooden interdental cleaner. These long triangular strips can be softened and used to clean teeth.
In most pharmacies and grocery stores you can find these tooth cleaners. Your dentist or dental hygienist can tell you how to use these cleaners to remove plaque between teeth.
Other Ultrasonic Scalers
To supplement your home brushing and dental flossing, one or more of the following may be suggested by the dentist or community health nurse:
Oral irrigators - These electronics draw water out of slender, steady or pulsating water streams. Although they do not seem to well remove dental plaque attached to their teeth, they are very effective at flushing food and bacterial byproducts in periodontal pockets or by orthodontic appliances. They are particularly useful for delivering drugs to hard-to-reach areas. For example, a buccal irrigator can be used to spray prescription antibacterial irrigant into a pocket. Instead of brushing and flossing, a washer should be used instead of an alternative.
Tooth tips - These soft, pliable rubber tips are used to clean the teeth and below the gum line. Plaque and food debris can be removed by gently running the tip along the gum line.
Mouthwash and Mouthwash - As with toothpaste, your choice of mouthwash or mouthwash will be guided by your personal oral care needs. Over-the-counter irrigation can be used to breathe fresh, add fluoride or kill plaque bacteria that cause gingivitis. Some mouthwashes are designed to help loosen plaque before brushing your teeth. Ask your dentist or hygienist to recommend the rinse type that best suits your needs. If you need to avoid alcohol, read the ingredients label carefully. Many over-the-counter mouthwashes contain large amounts of alcohol. In some cases, a dentist may have a stronger fluoride or anti-bacterial wash solution.
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