Family Dental Group
4021 Miller Road, Flint, MI 48507

Beyond Brushing: Why Cleaning Between Teeth is Important


One of the most important parts of your dental care plan is cleaning between your teeth. Plaque that remains between teeth can harden into tartar. Once this happens, it can only be removed by your dentist or hygienist. If tartar is left in place, it can lead to gum inflammation and bleeding, which are signs of early gum disease. Because toothbrushes cannot reach between your teeth, flossing regularly is critical for keeping your mouth healthy. Using dental floss or interdental cleaners helps remove food particles and plaque and reduces your chances of developing gum disease that can lead to tooth loss.

To ensure the best performance and quality, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging of both dental floss and interdental devices. 

Here are the differences between the two products:

  • Interdental Cleaners ­–Interdental cleaning devices are made from wood or plastic. Like floss, they are used to clean between teeth. Many interdental cleaners have tiny brushes attached to their ends.
  • Dental Floss – Floss is typically made from nylon filaments or plastic monofilaments. Some floss is coated with wax to make it easier to slide between teeth; both waxed and unwaxed floss are effective. To make flossing more enjoyable, some dental floss products contain flavoring.

Should I Be Flossing or Brushing First? 

Either is acceptable, as long as you do a thorough job of both. Unfortunately, many people think their teeth are clean after brushing, so they skip the dental floss altogether. Even if your mouth feels fresh from brushing, plaque is still accumulating between teeth, so flossing is essential.

When Should I Floss? 

Some people prefer to floss before they go to bed to ensure that the mouth remains clean while sleeping.

Can I Reuse Floss?

Even if it’s been rinsed, used floss can deposit bacteria between teeth. Dental floss and all disposable interdental cleaners should be discarded immediately after use.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Flint, call Family Dental Group today at (810) 515-8952 or make an appointment.

Family Dental Group offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Flint. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Family Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Family Dental Group.

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Patient Reviews
The staff is always professional and gentle
Patrick S.
Decided to change dentist for my 15yr old son and super pleased i did over all seems like the best decision i made got an appointment right away fixed the problem he had been having in half hr that […]
Elizabeth W.
I have been going to Family Dental for quite a few years. I enjoy the people and the work they do.
Elizabeth L.
Amazing care and the outstanding staff
Cassandra H.
Great hours of availability and a simply AWESOME staff!!!!
Marisa F.
Your office is very accommodating, thoughtful, friendly.
Debra S.
I’ve been coming to Family Dental Group for 30years. I love my doctor and his staff are very good and friendly people , I wouldn’t go anywhere else for dental work.
Peggy B.
I have seen Cheryl for years. She is friendly and thorough at cleaning
Marie O.
I really enjoyed talking with Crystal and she did a great job with the x-rays and explaining everything. Dr. white was very nice.
Janelle H.
I have been going to Dr. Madany for 5 years and have never had a bad experience he is great as is everyone who works there! Excellent customer service!
Kimberly S.
Dr. Madany has seen my 3 & 4 year old several times, and was fantastic! My 3 year old injured her mouth, late in the evening, and he saw her right away. Can’t say enough good about his.
Tess R.
Friendly staff, always very informative about the procedures, and I appreciate that appointments are on time.
Nicole B.
I have a very bad experience with dentist it’s very hard for me to go to the dentist I have been to a select few since my horrible experience and Dr. White and Crystal are amaizing all the staff […]
Cassie H.
I like the staff members that I have met, and the fact that services are commenced at the apointed time.
Thomas H.
Everyone was extremely friendly, especially crystal. She was very sweet to not only me but my little one too.
Maryann F.
Friendly…hygienist and assistant was great
Rusty M.
Professional straightforward yet laid back atmosphere.
Mark M.
The whole environment was warm and welcoming, the staff seemed genuine and everyone was so nice the wait wasn’t long and they got me in and out within an acceptable time
Zyara W.
Excellent dentist and friendly staff. They were very helpful and courteous. They also gave some nice options to help with the cost of the dental procedure I needed, which helped tremendously to pick […]
Oliver K.
Everybody’s cool there. Doctor Madany gets the job done and answers all questions. He Did an awesome job on my crown. The ladies are all very good at their respective jobs!
Calvin S.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (810) 515-8952
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