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Interdental cleaning is an irreplaceable part of a complete oral hygiene routine. The most common method for interdental cleaning is flossing. Let’s take a look at a few common questions presented about flossing and its alternatives.

What is flossing, and why is it important?

Flossing is a common method of cleaning between teeth. Brushing cleans plaque and debris off of the biting and chewing surfaces of your teeth. Flossing, on the other hand, removes plaque from areas your toothbrush can’t reach very well, like in between teeth and behind the back molars.

How often should I floss?

You should floss one time each and every day. Flossing should take a total of about two to three minutes per day. It doesn’t matter if you floss before or after you brush, as long as you do both.

Can I just use mouthwash instead?

No. Mouthwash is not an effective substitute for brushing OR flossing, though it does bring its own benefits and can be part of a highly effective oral health routine.

However, if traditional flossing is hard for you, there are other options. Pre-strung flossers are a great way to get a little extra reach when cleaning your smile. If you floss regularly, but your gums still get irritated or bleed frequently, floss designed for sensitive gums may be a good alternative to traditional dental floss. Water flossers are also an effective option, especially if your have trouble maneuvering traditional dental floss for any reason.

For more information, call Nova Dental Care in Vienna, Virginia, at 703-938-7615. Dr. Neal Emad and our team are happy to help you get the smile you want!