Interdental brushes and Dental floss are the effective cleaning methods at removing food particles and bacteria from the teeth.
There are some areas in our mouth which are hard to reach with a toothbrush, in such cases Dental floss is the effective tool to remove plaque that has accumulated between teeth. It is rolled as thin elastic filaments to remove plaque in between the teeth.
- Clean the complete tooth sides
- More hygienic
- No need of additional lubricant
- Gum injury by the floss doesn’t takes place.
- No chance of dental papilla destruction.
When to use Dental floss?
Dental floss is for the removal of plaque in areas where the toothbrush cannot reach. Hence, it is also recommended that flossing should not only be used inorder to remove the food particles in between the teeth but it should also be used at least once in a day. However, the floss may lose its potential cleaning efficiency after a single use and it may redeposit the bacteria back in the mouth. As a result, it is advisable to use a piece of floss only once.
How to use Dental floss
- Get a dental floss around the length of 45cm.
- Tighten the dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers with leaving a length between the fingers of 1 to 2 cm.
- Now straighten your thumb and index finger while turning your wrist for the thumb to be positioned on the right by comparing your index finger.
- Put the dental floss close contact with the teeth, which form nearly a ‘C’ shape. Slowly slide the floss between two teeth at an angle along the tooth surface.
- Move the floss up and down against the surface of the side of the tooth 2-3 times.
- And for the teeth in the back of the lower jaw, apply the same manner as point 5 aforementioned.
What is Interdental brush?
An Interdental brush is a tool which is used for cleaning the gaps between the teeth which are having large gaps due to periodontal disease. These brushes can be used in between the teeth, under dental bridges, and open spaces.
- Easy to use
- Can clean large gaps, specially formed between tilted teeth, dental crowns, dental bridges.
- No wax layer is formed over the tooth surface.
How to use Interdental Brushes?
- Hold the brush like a pencil which makes it easy for you to use.
- Now slowly slide the brush in between two teeth, so as not to damage the gums.
- Hold the brush horizontally and move it back and forth along the tooth surface 2-3 times.
- Place the brush along the adjacent posterior and anterior teeth and then brush.
- Later wash the brush with cold water
- Store it in a well-ventilated place after the use.
- Replace the brush when the bristles become short.
Why should we use Interdental Brushes?
These brushes allow thorough cleaning and controls the gum from growing up excessively in between the teeth. Because, excessive growth can cause the plaque trap which leads to a self degenerating situation.
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