Cleaning In-Between …

Cleaning in-between your teeth daily is just as important as brushing. If you don’t clean interdentally, food trapped in-between your teeth can turn into plaque then calculus in around 48 hours! Increasing the risk of gum disease and dental decay.

There has been much in press lately about using dental floss. Flossing is a great technique to remove bacteria and food trapped in-between the teeth and you can often see what is removed. Flossing can be a bit fiddly and requires the patient to have very good manual dexterity and technique.

Interdental brushes

The interdental brushes are small brushes designed just for cleaning the spaces between your teeth, they can be used as an alternative to flossing. Brushes come in the different colours which correlate to the width of the brush so there is a size out there for everyone. Your dentist or hygienist can recommend which colour is suited to your teeth. Your toothbrushes can not clean the spaces between the teeth so by adding this to your oral hygiene routine you will help to reduce plaque & calculus build up.

The British Dental Association say: “Small inter-dental brushes are best for cleaning the area in between the teeth, where there is space to do so.”

Floss Picks

Floss Picks are gentle on teeth and gums, and their handle makes them a good choice to clean in-between molar teeth at the back of the mouth.

Water Flossing

Designed especially for people who find flossing tricky this is a very clever product it removes the plaque and debris lurking deep between teeth and below the gum line. Patients with close contact between their teeth may find a water flosser easier to use than conventional floss and brushes.