Evolve Dentistry | Dentist in Portishead, Somerset

24 Harbour Road Portishead BS20 7AL

24 Harbour Road Portishead BS20 7AL

Cleaning between teeth

Cleaning between teeth

What is the best way of cleaning between teeth?

Using floss or interdental brushes is the best way to clean between your teeth. Floss 8 to 10 strokes, up and down as far as it will go but don’t press hard (so that it hurts) into your gums or you risk damaging your gums. Similarly, use interdental brushes 8 to 10 times between each tooth to dislodge any trapped food and plaque. Where possible, it is better to use interdental brushes to clean between your teeth and use floss if you cannot get a brush into the space.

What helps remove residue in between teeth?

Floss using interdental brushes once a day before brushing will help to remove plaque and stuck food.

How often should you be cleaning between teeth?

It’s recommended that you use floss, or interdental brushes once per day, followed by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day, for a least 2 minutes.

How many times can you use an interdental brush?

If the bristles start to look worn or shabby, if the wire starts to look bent or twisted, we suggest you replace it with a new one

Does mouthwash clean between teeth?

Floss and interdental cleaners are the only way to clean between your teeth. Water flossers are useful as well, but mouthwash isn’t sufficient to remove trapped food and plaque.

Should I floss before or after brushing?

Flossing or interdental cleaning before you brush will make brushing more effective as there will be less plaque between your teeth, meaning the fluoride in toothpaste can get to more parts.

Should I floss at night or in the morning?

There isn’t a right or wrong time to floss or use interdental brushes , we recommend that you clean when you have the most time to ensure you do it properly. For most, that’s a night before bed, which reduced any trapped food before bed, reducing the overnight damage from bacteria.

Do you need to put toothpaste on interdental brush?

Using toothpaste or mouthwash on the brush may damage the brushes. You may require a range of different size brushes to clean between different sized spaces between your teeth.

How do I know what size brush to use?

Your hygienist can advise you on the best size brush to use.

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