Flossing isn’t just floss anymore. Increased innovation has brought us new ways to clean between. Here are the four most common ways to floss.
Good old dental floss hasn’t really been around for that long. Floss was invented in 1819 and became commercially available in 1882, but only became a mainstay in people’s daily oral hygiene routines in the 1970s.
While originally crafted from silk threads, modern dental floss is now made from nylon, a stronger material.
The advantage to “traditional” flossing is that it’s quick, and the cost is very low. On the other hand, it can be fairly difficult, especially for people who have limited mobility or dexterity. There’s also a surprising amount of things you need to know (and avoid) to floss correctly.
Read: Do you know how to floss correctly?
Dental floss picks
Dental floss picks have the inverse strengths and weaknesses to traditional flossing. They are much easier to use: their handles – whether they are short of long – are much easier to grip and use for most people.
Since they are single-use and typically come in packs of 30, they are pretty expensive compared to dental floss. They’re also made from plastic, which isn’t the best.
You can also buy dental floss picks from your dental surgery, and most chemists and supermarkets.
Interdental brushes are thin brushes with bristles attached to a wire. Most have a small handle for you to hold on to, but some have a long handle, similar to a toothbrush.
Interdental brushes are easier to manipulate than dental floss, which makes them perfect for one-handed use, and well-suited for those with limited mobility.
They can also be extremely useful for people with braces, who will find flossing difficult. Not only can interdental brushes get between your teeth if you have braces, but they can also be used to gently clean around the brackets on your teeth, where food can get stuck.
These brushes come in different sizes, so check with your dentist or oral health therapist find a correct size that fits the gaps between your teeth just right.
Oral irrigators can sometimes also be known as water pick, water flosser, air flosser. It goes by many names, but it is more or less the same. An oral irrigator is a device with a small nozzle that will shoot water, air or a combination of both at your teeth and gum line in order to remove plaque and food debris.
These machines are incredible for people with braces, who would otherwise find it very difficult to clean between their teeth at all.
Check with our dental team to find out which unit best suits your needs.
It’s also worth mentioning that oral irrigators should be used in addition to regular flossing, not as your only tool for cleaning between your teeth.
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