Cleaning between your teeth is an essential part of oral health, so make flossing at least once a day part of your normal at-home routine. Whether you use traditional string dental floss, a water flosser, an interdental (between teeth) brush, or other device, our Louisville endodontist agrees that it is vital to clean between teeth correctly and on a daily basis.
A buildup of plaque and bacteria between teeth is one of the leading causes of periodontal disease. This common condition will affect about half of all adults to some degree, but if it is left untreated, it can have lasting consequences on your teeth and gums.
Periodontal disease has been linked to a number of other conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and many other systemic health issues.
Research indicates that an excess of mouth bacteria can enter the bloodstream, migrate to other parts of the body, and provoke an inflammatory response. It can also overwhelm the body’s immune system, prompting antibodies to flood the mouth at the expense of other areas of the body that may also need reinforcement.
Types of Dental Floss
There are many types of floss, and each has advantages based on what works best for you.
- If you have large gaps between your teeth, try dental tape
- Do you have tight teeth? You may discover that a waxed floss is easier to slide into the spaces.
- If you are on the go, pack mini floss containers, disposable flossers or floss in pre-measured strands.
- If you have bridges or braces, a spongy-type floss can help sweep away debris, especially if it is used with a floss threader.
A failure to keep your teeth clean can lead to decay and infection, necessitating extensive dental work, extraction, or a root canal. The next time you visit your dentist’s office, ask your hygienist to show you the most effective way to clean between your teeth.
If you do have extensive tooth damage, know that extraction is not your only option. Root canal addresses the problem while saving the natural tooth. To schedule an evaluation, call our endodontics office in Louisville, KY.