Posted on 5/20/2019 by Dr. David Wanserski
|Many of our patients find that they struggle to combat the tendency to develop cavities between the teeth. This is due to a few things, the most obvious of which is that it's not as easy to clean between the teeth.
Brushing your teeth twice a day is vital to good oral health; however, this by itself will probably not save you from getting cavities between the teeth. Here is what you need to know about cleaning in between your teeth.
There is No Substitute for Good Flossing Habits
You probably already suspected this, but the biggest thing you can do to keep from getting cavities between your teeth is to floss on a regular basis. Simply put, there is no substitute for flossing at least once every 24 hours.
When you floss, it allows you to reach into the crevices and nooks between the teeth. Brushing your teeth, while absolutely necessary, simply cannot give you the same benefits. Floss can reach places the toothbrush bristles cannot, and it is the primary way of cleaning the spaces between your teeth.
Other Methods of Cleaning Between the Teeth
Of course, sometimes you are not able to floss. In those cases, there are still some things you can do to help keep your teeth clean. At the very least, you should go to the drinking fountain and get some water. Go to the restroom, swish the water vigorously between your teeth for 30 seconds, then spit it out and rinse. This will help remove some of the built-up detritus between your teeth, and will rinse away at least some of the harmful bacteria that cause cavities.
Using a toothpick is also a good way to remove food particles from between the teeth. In addition to having cosmetic benefits, this will help keep your teeth clean and reduce plaque between them.