Types of Interdental Cleaning
Brushing alone only cleans three of the five surfaces of your teeth, so it is important that you also clean between your teeth every day. As a guide, the two main types of interdental cleaning are floss and interdental brushes. Floss is described below, if you want to learn about interdental brushes click the button below.
There are several different types of dental floss or tape, including mint-flavoured, wax-coated and ones containing fluoride. Many people prefer tape to floss, as it is wider and can be gentler on the gums.
How to Floss
Holding the floss tight between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth pushing it to the left and right of the space.
Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go right down to the gum edge.
These are widely available from chemists or supermarkets.
What about bridges?
The stiff end needs to be inserted between the teeth under the bridge.
Pull the Superfloss all the way through, and move in a gentle sweeping motion under the pontic (false tooth).
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