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Flossing or Inter-Dental Brushing?

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

357249_blogFlossing and inter-dental brushing form part of a good oral hygiene regime. Dentists will advise when is best to use either dental floss or an inter-dental brush, and on the most appropriate technique. Where dental devices or restorations are present, an inter-dental brush may be more suitable than floss.

The difference between floss and an inter-dental brush

Floss is made of a collection of nylon fibres or a plastic thread. The thread is held between the fingers and inserted between and around each tooth to remove all debris and plaque. Some flossing disposable devices have a small plastic handle that may be held during flossing.

Inter-dental brushes comprise a tiny bristled head attached to a plastic handle, similar to the handle of a toothbrush. The bristled head comes in different sizes, attaches to the handle and is replaceable. Individuals hold the inter-dental brush handle while moving the bristles between and around the teeth, cleansing the surfaces between teeth and just below the gum line.

Dental flossing technique

Take a piece of dental floss, about 18 inches in length. Wrap the floss around the each index finger and gradually insert it between the teeth, starting at one end of the upper dental arch. Clean each tooth, ensuring the floss gently moves in a C curve between and around the tooth and gum line. Use a fresh part of the 18 inch piece of floss per tooth. When the upper dental arch is complete, get another 18 inch piece of floss and repeat the action for the lower dental arch.

Inter-dental brushing technique

Use the right choice of brush head and to place it gently between the teeth, carefully removing it along with stuck food debris and sticky plaque. Repeat the action for each tooth so that any bacteria-attracting agents are removed to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If you would like you would like to know more about oral hygiene, please contact the team at City Dental in the heart of Leeds.

Brighter Brushing in Central Leeds

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

361951_blogThere are many ways of keeping your mouth free of bacteria and plaque in central Leeds; flossing, inter-dental brushing and mouthwashes, but of course, all of these are designed to back up the main player in all of this- the toothbrush. The reason you brush is to remove film from the surfaces of your teeth left by food and drink, even the staining left by smoking. The smoother the surfaces of your teeth are, the more difficult it is for bacteria to stick to your teeth’s enamel, and brushing will do this. Of course you need to find a good brush first and there are many to choose from, so you will have to test a few out first in order to get one that suits your teeth and gums. Once you have got the right bristle strength for your mouth, then it is down to choosing the type of brush. The more popular today are electric brushes as they work faster and more efficiently than you using a hand held brush. However, whatever you go for, you need to learn to use the brush properly; people tend to rush when brushing and think the job is done: take your time and ensure you brush thoroughly in the nooks and crannies. If you get your basic brushing right, and follow it up with other products, you should have a plaque free mouth for life.

Talk to Your Central Leeds Dentist About Interdental Teeth Cleaning

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Just from everyday use, your teeth will gather all manner of food particles and plaque in between your teeth. Cleaning between your teeth, otherwise known as interdental teeth cleaning, will help to remove these materials and help keep you free from tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath and all manner of dental problems. If it isn’t already, interdental teeth cleaning should become an important part of your regular oral care routine.

The most commonly used tool for interdental cleaning is floss. Coming in many different varieties and available from all good pharmacies and supermarkets, floss is thin strips of nylon or plastic that you can run in between your teeth to clean out the areas where your tooth brush will not fit. Floss can also safely be used to clean above the gum line. Just gently run the floss along the tooth and carefully push it above the gum line, being sure not to put excessive pressure on the gums. If you struggle to hold the floss in a comfortable position, flossing ‘wands’ are available that will hold floss tautly on the end of handle. For an even more thorough clean, ask your Central Leeds dentist about the use of interdental cleaning brushes and other methods of interdental cleaning.

Alongside brushing, flossing is one the most effective ways to combat gingivitis, the inflammation of the gums. Regularly using floss will remove any plaque or food that is trapped and may become infected. Left untreated gingivitis can cause a lot of pain and eventually the loss of teeth. Tooth decay will also be prevented by the removal of plaque from around the teeth.