The American Dental Association (ADA) has released a statement regarding interdental cleaners.
“Interdental cleaners, such as floss, are an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums,” the ADA said In the statement. “Cleaning between teeth removes plaque from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach, and it is proven to help remove the amount of debris between teeth that can lead to cavities or gum disease.
“More than 500 bacterial species can be found in plaque; some are good and some are bad of your mouth. Together with food debris, water and other components, the plaque buildup around the teeth and on the gum line will contribute to dental disease in teeth and gums.
“Whether you use floss or another interdental cleaner is a personal preference, but it’s very important to understand the proper technique for each tool so that it is effective. Patients should talk to their dentists about how to use interdental cleaners to ensure efficacy.
“To maintain good oral health, the American Dental Association recommends brushing for two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner and regular dental visits advised by your dentist.”