Dental plaque can get into the places your brush can’t reach. That’s why it’s so important not to forget cleaning between your teeth during your daily brushing routine.
There are loads of different tools made especially for interdental cleaning. The best one for you will depend on your own teeth, and what they need. Your dentist can advise you on your best options, but we’ve included some of the most common tools that you can find anywhere.
Floss is a long and silky thread that can easily be pulled between the teeth. It glides over those hidden surfaces, picking up plaque and removing it. Floss is effective at getting right up to the gumline, removing those pockets of plaque that can lead to gingivitis and cavities.
These tiny brushes come in many shapes and sizes. Your dentist will be able to recommend the perfect size for you. Interdental brushes have thin heads covered in soft bristles. They’re the perfect choice if you have gaps between your teeth. In this case, they are often considered more effective than flossing.
How to Clean In Between
It’s normally recommended to use your dental floss or interdental brushes before cleaning your teeth, as it can increase the effectiveness of the fluoride in your toothpaste. If you’re not familiar with how to use flosses or other tools, we’ve got some easy techniques you can start using today.
How to Floss
- Start by taking around 30 cm of floss. Then, grasp it tightly so that there is around 4 cm between your hands.
- Gently slide the floss between your teeth, as far as it will go to the top of the gumline.
- Firmly but not too roughly, slide the floss up and down between the teeth up to 10 times, to remove any particles of food or plaque.
How to use Interdental Brushes
- Take your brush and place it between the teeth. Push it all the way through and pull it back and forth on one side.
- Wash your brush and do the same on the other side.
- Once you have cleaned your whole mouth, make sure you clean your brush, and replace the lid, ready to use next time.
During your next check-up, ask your dentist or hygienist about the best interdental cleaning tools for you. They can recommend the right size.
How to floss like the boss!