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Cleaning between teeth

7th November 2022
Cleaning between teeth - Blythe Road Dental Practice
1000 667 GreenTornado

What is the best way of cleaning between teeth?

The best approach to clean in between your teeth is with dental floss or interdental brushes. To avoid hurting your gums, only use 8 to 10 strokes of the floss, moving it up and down as far as it will allow. Avoid pressing too firmly (such that it hurts) into your gums. Like this, use interdental brushes 8 to 10 times between each tooth to remove any food or plaque that may have become stuck. If possible, it is preferable to clean in between your teeth with interdental brushes; nevertheless, if a brush cannot fit in the space, floss should be used instead.

What helps remove residue in between teeth?

Plaque and food particles lodged between the teeth can be removed by utilising interdental brushes once a day before brushing.

How often should you be cleaning between teeth?

It is advised that you clean your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time, using fluoride toothpaste after using floss or interdental brushes once daily.

How many times can you use an interdental brush?

We advise you to replace it with a new one if the wire or bristles begin to appear bent or twisted, worn, or untidy.

Does mouthwash clean between teeth?

The only method for cleaning between your teeth is using floss and interdental cleaners. Water flossers are also helpful, but mouthwash is insufficient to get rid of plaque and food that has become stuck.

Should I floss before or after brushing?

When you floss or do interdental cleaning prior to brushing, there will be less plaque between your teeth, allowing the fluoride in your toothpaste to reach more areas of your teeth.

Should I floss at night or in the morning?

While there is no right or wrong time to use interdental brushes or floss, we advise that you clean when you have the most time available to ensure that the job is done well. For the majority, that is the evening just before going to bed, this reduces any food that might have become trapped before bed and lessens any overnight bacterial damage.


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