|Floss- Toothpaste-Toothbrush: that’s the Dynamic Teeth Cleaning Trio that dentists commonly recommend to their patients. Most people brush frequently and well. However, people often struggle with flossing. It is a fiddly process; it can be difficult to get the floss between the teeth. And for patients with wide gaps between their teeth, it may be difficult to remove the sticky plaque and food particles that build up in these spaces with flossing alone.
So is there another way to clean in between the teeth that’s convenient, effective and a lot less tricky than flossing? Fortunately, yes. Here are two options that you might like to try.
Superfloss is a special type of floss that is a little like a long, flexible pipe cleaner on one end with a stiff threader on the other. It can be difficult to find in the shops or at the pharmacy, but dentists often keep it in stock. It can be easily threaded into the gaps between your teeth. The pipe cleaner end is wide and flexible enough to clean these gaps quite well.
These look a little like tiny bottle brushes. They come with either short or long handles to make it convenient to use in the back areas of the mouth. It’s simply a matter of locating the spaces between your teeth, gently placing the brush tip into them, and using it to carefully clean the side of each tooth. Interdental brushes can usually be used several times. Be sure to rinse your brush clean after use and store it with its cap on.
Interdental brushes are convenient to use and easy to take with you. Unlike flossing, you won’t have to wash your hands after using them. It’s easy to learn how to use interdental brushes too.