Interdental cleaning stops bad breath says Worcester Park dentist

It is the contact points between teeth and chewing surfaces that are most prone to tooth decay, because food particles and plaque easily get stuck in those areas. Plaque is the filmy substance that coats our teeth attacking the enamel. An accumulation of mucus, decaying food matter and bacteria, plaque increases the acidity of the pH in the mouth which gradually erodes tooth enamel causing cavities and gum disease (also known as gingivitis). Food particles and bacteria in the mouth are also one of the man causes of halitosis, or bad breath, as it is more commonly known.

This happens because the food particles that get stuck, in and between teeth, are decayed by the bacteria present in the plaque. This causes the release of foul smelling sulfurous deposits that are expelled when you breathe out. Worcester park dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice a day with an appropriate toothbrush and flossing at least once a day to combat bad breath and tooth decay. Brushing and flossing helps to fight plaque, which can eventually turn into tartar and removing by a dentist.

Brushing and flossing are the two most important weapons in the war against plaque, but some conventional toothbrushes find it hard to get to those hard to reach places. This is why flossing is so vital to get to those tricky between teeth areas. There are several types of floss including dental tape and superfloss. Your dentist will be able to recommend the most suitable kind for you.

You might also consider using an interdental brush. These brushes are designed to get to the parts that other brushes can’t reach. Single tuft brushes are particularly good at removing trapped food particles from between the teeth. A Worcester Park dentist can show you how to effectively use interdental brushes. Toothpicks and sticks are also useful to remove any unwanted particles.

As with most areas of oral hygiene, prevention is the key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Effective brushing and just a few extra minutes of care a day to clean between your teeth, could save you a lifetime of appointments and painful procedures.