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Interdental Brushes – The Most Effective Alternative to Floss
From:
Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S. Joseph R. Nemeth, D.D.S.
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Detroit , MI
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

 

FLOSSING. The. Big. F. We know we should do it daily. We (mostly) all hate it. But are there other ways to effectively clean between your teeth that are easier and more convenient? The answer my friends, is YES!

There are numerous ways to do the deed that are not as tedious as using traditional dental floss. You can follow your dentist’s orders without becoming a contortionist, bending this way and that to get at those back teeth. How are you even supposed to reach them? And the twisting, slipping, sliding of the floss between your fingers, cutting off the blood supply to your hands? Say good-bye to that (if you haven’t already) then, read on and try any one of the following options for great results in a faster, easier way…

Water Flosser

The Water Flosser directs high pressure water from the tip, to your gumline and between your teeth. The pressure and pulsing of the water actually cleans the sticky plaque and food debris! It appears that the pulsating water is more effective and efficient at cleaning than just a steady stream of water. Water Flossers are not expensive and when you consider the health of your teeth and gums, it’s a pretty inexpensive way to avoid cavities and gum disease, which can cost big bucks to treat versus maintain. Not to mention all the diseases that are linked to gum disease. And since they’re easier to use, you’re more likely to do it!

Water flossers were reported to be 52% better at reducing gingivitis than manual flossing.

Is a Water Flosser right for you?

  • Do you have braces? Water flossers can be a great option if you do. The water flosser can remove the food and bacteria from braces where the string floss can’t reach.
  • Do you have poor dexterity? Flossing can be more difficult for people who lack dexterity, suffer from arthritis or other muscular diseases. The Water Flosser would be much easier if you have a hard time controlling the string floss.
  • Do you suffer from sensitive gums? If your gums are sensitive and tend to bleed when you floss, a Water Flosser may be for you. Be aware that bleeding gums are not normal and if you do have them and they are unrelated to another health issue, you may be suffering from gingivitis or gum disease. Consider seeing a Periodontist to diagnose and treat, if necessary.
  • Do you have spaces between your teeth?If you have large gaps between your teeth, the surfaces of your teeth are uneven or your gums are receding, it can be hard to clean adequately with floss, which may not fill the gaps properly. In these cases, brushes are more effective in removing plaque and food debris.
  • Don’t like to floss? Anyone can be put off by flossing simply because they find it difficult or do not like the feel of it. If you don’t feel comfortable using floss, then WaterFlossing or interdental brushes or picks may be a better option.

How Use a Water Flosser

Always read and follow the instructions that come with your device. But basically: 

  1. Place the tube/tip into the holder. Remove the tank, fill it with warm water and place it back in the base.
  2. Plug it in, and adjust the pressure. Start low and increase as you get accustomed to the pressure.
  3. Leaning over the sink, place the tip in your mouth, close your lips, and turn on the device.
  4. Starting at the back, aim it just above your gum line, working toward the middle of your mouth.
  5. Stop briefly leaving the tip between each tooth to let water run out of your mouth into the sink.
  6. When you’re done, just turn off the device, remove the tip, and clean it according to the instructions.
  7. Congratulate yourself on a job well done and repeat daily!

FLOSSING. The. Big. F. We know we should do it daily. We (mostly) all hate it. But are there other ways to effectively clean between your teeth that are easier and more convenient? The answer my friends, is YES!

There are numerous ways to do the deed that are not as tedious as using traditional dental floss. You can follow your dentist’s orders without becoming a contortionist, bending this way and that to get at those back teeth. How are you even supposed to reach them? And the twisting, slipping, sliding of the floss between your fingers, cutting off the blood supply to your hands? Say good-bye to that (if you haven’t already) then, read on and try any one of the following options for great results in a faster, easier way…

Interdental Cleaners 

Interdental Cleaners come in a variety of options from brushes to picks. 

 Interdental Brushes 

Interdental brushes are small heads with short bristles that remove food and plaque. They are often more effective than string floss since they can reach areas string floss can’t. They come in a variety of sizes that you can select depending on the amount of space between your teeth. Be sure the brush fits comfortably between your teeth so you’re not using force to get it through. 

These are also great for use with braces. The tip can be bent to more easily reach between teeth and around braces. 

Gently push the brush between your teeth. You may have different space amounts between the front of your teeth and the back so you may want to look for brush heads that fit each space easily. You can use the brush multiple times; just clean it with water after each use. Replace it when the bristles are worn or the wire holding them in becomes bent.

Interdental Picks 

Interdental Picks are similar to brushes in that they clean between teeth but are made of soft plastic with soft, short bristles or nubs. Like interdental brushes, they come in several sizes for the amount of space between your teeth. As with interdental brushes, use pressure but don’t force the pick through as it can cause gaps or black triangles between the teeth as well as damage your tissue. 

They’re safe for people with crowns, implants and bridges. They massage and stimulate your gums to promote gum health. They are easy to hold and manipulate to reach all teeth, front, back, top and bottom.

Whatever type you choose be sure to use it daily to keep your gums and teeth healthy and clean. Keeping your mouth healthy will keep your body healthier!

If you have questions about flossing or flossing products, ask us! If you have gum disease or are concerned about your oral health, see a periodontist. He/she can not only treat your gum disease but can help control your diabetes and improve your overall health.

We care about improving the lives of our patients! If you would like to schedule an appointment to see us, please call

 
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