Wooden Interdental Aids
Not to be confused with toothpicks, wooden interdental aids are sticks that are especially useful for areas at the front of the mouth. These can be provided for older adults or patients, as these are used much like a toothpick.
These devices are also known as water picks. They’re especially useful for cleaning areas below the gum line but aren’t very effective at reducing plaque that are usually stuck to the tooth’s surfaces.
There are different types of interdental cleaning aids that can best suit your needs especially if flossing isn’t comfortable for you. One of the main reasons why people forget or choose not to floss is because it’s a challenging task for many.
Benefits of Flossing
Flossing is definitely something that you have to get used to doing especially if you haven’t been doing it for most of your life.
Here’s how flossing can benefit your mouth and your overall health:
1. Flossing gets rid of plaque
Plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria on your teeth that release harmful acids whenever you eat something that contains sugar. Over time, these acids can damage the tooth’s enamel. This is known as tooth decay.
Plaque is usually colorless, which means that your teeth aren’t exactly clean just because they look spotless after a brush. Plaque might still be left on the teeth’s surfaces, and even in the spaces where your toothbrush can’t reach.
Flossing regularly can add an extra layer of protection against damage caused by plaque. It can also help prevent tartar, which is an accumulation of hardened plaque that can appear yellow or brown in color. Tartar will not only ruin your smile, but also cost you a trip to the dentist.