Floss and interdental brushes at John Street, Redcliffe Dentist.

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Most people know that we are meant to brush and floss our teeth daily. But if you have trouble using floss what else can you use?

Interdental brushed of course. Both are good and have their place within our dental routine.

 Let me explain the differences between Floss and interdental brushes.

Keeping the spaces between your teeth clean is important as it prevents gum disease and tooth decay. When you have a bridge or braces this can be extra difficult. In these cases you can use a product called Super floss that is specially designed to make cleaning these areas easier. Super floss has a stiffened end that can be threaded through teeth spaces, a spongy floss portion and a regular floss portion that you use to remove the plaque.

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Traditional flossing is a fantastic part of your daily teeth cleaning routine, as it gets between the teeth and below the gum line to remove plaque around the top of the root. When angled correctly you can do the front and back of each tooth without much trouble. Some people have issues getting floss all the way to the back of the mouth. This is where  interdental brushes come in handy.

Interdental brushes are small brushes designed to clean the spaces between your teeth. They have a small flexible head with little bristles. They come in a range of sizes that suit any tooth space you would like to clean. These brushes differ from floss as they push debris out from between the teeth instead of scraping the side surface of each tooth. Using interdental brushes are easy to use and only require one hand compared to traditional flossing.

Have a go using both floss and interdental brushes and see which feels best for you.

If you have any questions please book an appointment to see one of our dentists they will be able to explain them to you.

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