A Dentist with the 82 Division Medical Hospitals, Enugu state, Dr Chidiebere Ibe, recommended dental floss in lieu of wooden toothpick to prevent tooth disease.
Dr Ibe made the recommendation in an interview with newsmen in Enugu.
According him, the use of the floss was more hygienic than the wooden pick, adding that using the floss one could hardly risk injuring in the gum.
“The use of dental floss is more hygienic than wooden toothpick because the floss is made of plastic, which can easily remove particles from one’s teeth without injury or hole-creation for food residues to settle, which often causes bacteria to the tooth,” the expert explained.
He said more than 80 per cent of plaque which were food residues that built up on the surface of the teeth, which could also cause gum disease, could be eliminated with the use of the dental floss made up of plastic.
“It has been widely accepted that the use of floss has a favorable effect on plaque removal and disease prevention, and about 80 per cent of it can be eliminated with this method,” he said.
The dentist urged everyone to always brush his or her teeth twice daily (morning and night) with fluoride toothpaste, to clean food and bacteria from the mouth.
Dr Ibe explained that, such exercise will keep the teeth healthier .