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Floss/Interdental Cleaners

Key Points

  • Interdental cleaning helps remove debris and interproximal dental plaque, the plaque that collects between two teeth; dental floss and other interdental cleaners help clean these hard-to-reach tooth surfaces and reduce the likelihood of gum disease and tooth decay.
  • Use of an interdental cleaner (like floss) is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reaffirmed flossing as "an important oral hygiene practice" in an August 2016 communication to the ADA.
  • A company earns the ADA Seal of Acceptance by producing scientific evidence that demonstrates the safety and efficacy of its product, which the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs carefully evaluates according to objective requirements.
  • Introduction
  • Floss and Other Interdental Cleaners
  • ADA Seal of Acceptance
  • ADA Resources
Prepared by: Center for Scientific Information, ADA Science Institute

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