Cleaning between your teeth is an important part of maintaining good oral hygiene. Here are some steps to follow for cleaning between your teeth:
Start by selecting the appropriate tool. You can use dental floss, interdental brushes, water flossers, or other tools that are specifically designed for cleaning between your teeth.
If you're using dental floss, start by breaking off a piece that is about 18 inches long. Wind the floss around your middle fingers, leaving about 1-2 inches of floss between them.
Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and index fingers, and slide it gently between your teeth. Be careful not to snap the floss into your gums, as this can cause irritation and bleeding.
Curve the floss into a "C" shape around the side of one tooth and gently slide it up and down. Repeat this process for each tooth, using a clean section of floss each time.
If you're using interdental brushes or water flossers, follow the manufacturer's instructions for use.
Rinse your mouth with water to remove any loosened debris.
Finish by brushing your teeth and tongue with a fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes.
Remember to clean between your teeth at least once a day, preferably before bedtime, to help remove plaque and food particles that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. If you have any questions about the best way to clean between your teeth, talk to your dentist or dental hygienist.