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Good oral hygiene is important, including cleaning between your teeth. Oral care prevents a wide range of ailments, such as bacterial infections, cavities and inflamed gums. In this article you will find tips on how to keep your teeth healthy.
Even when you brush your teeth every day, food particles can remain in your mouth. This residue mixes with saliva and bacteria to form a white or yellowish layer. If you don’t remove this layer, the result will be gum inflammation, cavities and even tongue hair and jawbone erosion.
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The white or yellowish layer between the teeth is called plaque. How do you clean between the teeth? The following paragraphs show the best way to clean between the teeth.
The best known ways to clean between your teeth are brushing, ragging and flossing. These tools effectively clean your teeth. Even if you have dentures, it is important to take good care of your mouth and keep your gums healthy. How do stoning, brushing and flossing work?
Using toothpicks is the ideal way to remove plaque from between your teeth and help with gum disease. A dentist or dental hygienist can tell you exactly which toothpick is best for your teeth.
Wet the toothpick a little before use. Then push it perpendicular to the gums and into the space between your teeth. Push the dental stick in a little further and repeat this horizontal movement in all teeth.
Interdental brushes can be used to clean large spaces between the teeth. A small brush often does not clean enough. A large one may damage the enamel. Consult your dentist or dental hygienist about the best type of interdental brush.
Use an interdental brush in the same way you use a toothpick.
Are your teeth close together? Then brushing is not always an option. In that case, flossing is a good alternative.
Place a piece of floss between your thumb and forefinger and start cleaning between your teeth in a zigzagging motion. Start at the area just below the gums and work your way down.
In addition to flossing with thread, you can also use water. A water flosser is an excellent solution for people who don’t like regular interdental cleaning.
A water flosser is a device that sprays water against and in between your teeth. It thoroughly removes plaque.
A water flosser is the most effective way to clean between your teeth. It is suitable for people with braces, implants, bridges and crowns.
It is best to floss once a day.
Frequently asked questions
Why is cleaning between the teeth important?
Cleaning between the teeth prevents complaints such as cavities, gum inflammation, infections and (in combination with the use of a tongue cleaner).
What forms of interdental cleaning are there?
You can clean the spaces between the teeth by using toothpicks, using interdental brushes and flossing.
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