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Cleaning Between the Teeth with a Floss Threader

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Do you avoid flossing because you have braces, a dental bridge or a permanent retainer? A floss threader may be just the tool you need to start flossing regularly. Flossing is an important step in maintaining proper dental hygiene - it not only removes food particles from between teeth that your toothbrush can't reach, but also keeps your gums healthy and helps remove plaque to prevent tartar build-up.

According to the Indian Dental Association, dentists recommend to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to floss at least once a day. For those with special flossing needs, meeting this recommendation can be difficult. Because the most important area to floss is the gum line, a threader can be an important tool in helping thread the floss into those difficult spaces near the gums.

A threader is a simple, disposable tool sold in the dental care section of nearly every grocery and pharmacy. It is easy to use with any kind of floss.

How to Use a Floss Threader

  1. Pull off 12 to 18 inches of your preferred dental floss.Insert one end of the dental floss about five inches into the loop of the threader.Pass the floss threader under or over any dental appliance such as braces, permanent retainer or bridge.Remove the threader from the floss and floss gently back and forth and up and down into the gumline between the teeth.Repeat the process.

It does take longer to floss using a threader than it would without one, but when you can't get the floss between your teeth and along the gumline any other way, it offers a practical solution for ensuring you receive the best possible dental health.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.