12 Sep

Ask your london dentist about interdental teeth cleaning

Tooth decay is usually most prevalent on the chewing surfaces of teeth and on the contact points between them. This is because plaque and food particles get stuck in these areas. Plaque is the accumulation of mucus and other debris that forms an invisible layer on the tooth enamel that can lead to tooth decay, gingivitis (gum disease) and cavities that can cause teeth to fall out. Bacteria that grows on food particles trapped in teeth is one of the main causes of halitosis, or bad breath as people usually call it.
This occurs because the bacteria present in plaque turns food deposits into acids which erode the enamel and produce foul smelling sulfurous deposits. London dentists say that brushing between your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day can help prevent the build up of plaque that can lead to tartar. Once plaque has become tartar it is very difficult to remove, so prevention really is the key.
Tooth brushing is the most important weapon in the war against plaque but conventional brushes often can’t get to those hard to reach places where bacteria like to grow. This is why flossing is so important in the maintenance of good dental hygiene. There are several different types of floss available including regular floss, dental tape and superfloss. Your dentist will be able to tell you which will be the most suitable for you.
Other aids for interdental cleaning are single tuft brushes and interdental brushes, which are especially designed to reach the parts a regular toothbrush can’t get to. London dentists will be able to tell you which of these brushes will be most suitable for you.
You may also consider using interdental picks and sticks to clean between your teeth after meal times to help remove any food particles that have become lodged and to prevent the build up of plaque. Interdental teeth cleaning really does emphasize the importance of prevention over cure.