Toothpicks, floss and interdental brushes

Toothpicks, floss and interdental brushes

A look at some of the available options to clean between our teeth.

If you are a regular reader of our blogs, you will already be aware of the importance that we place on maintaining not only healthy teeth, but gums also.

With gum disease accounting for the majority of tooth loss in the UK, it may come as a surprise to know that still only around one in five of us actually floss our teeth. Whilst some of this may be due to ignorance of the importance of this part of the cleaning regimen, some who have tried it find it inconvenient and sometimes tricky to do.

With this in mind, we thought it was worth taking a look at some of the options available to our Chelmsford patients for getting between the teeth to remove both food debris and bacterial deposits.


Ok, let’s start with dental floss as this is the most tried and tested method to perform this task. From the start, our professional opinion at Blue Sky Dental in Chelmsford, Essex is that floss is a great way to remove food and bacteria from between the teeth and the gums. Although getting used to flossing can be tricky, it is well worth persevering with and we are happy to show you how to do this easily and effectively during your consultations.

Dental floss sticks

These are increasingly seen in supermarkets and work on the same basis as floss. Whilst these are still worth using, they are less flexible and work only in straight lines and therefore may miss some of the parts of the gum that floss would otherwise reach. They are also less economical than floss and may cause users to use the same floss stick on several areas of the mouth, thereby running the risk of actually spreading bacteria from one area of the mouth to another.

Tooth picks

Tooth picks are very useful for removing food particles from between the teeth, especially directly after a meal. They work well to remove larger food items that may show up visibly when we smile and therefore save embarrassment, but are less likely to remove smaller, but still damaging particles which can lead to decay and disease if not removed.

Interdental brushes

Some people find that these brushes are much easier to use than floss, and, they also expand when between the teeth, reaching out to the crevices that floss can miss. Once again though, the cost factor of these can lead to multiple uses with the risk of spreading infections. It is also important to use the correct size of brush to get the best from them.

Whichever option you choose to use though, we are happy to offer help and advice to help you ensure good gum health and avoid the many problems associated with gum disease.

Please call Blue Sky Dental today on 01245 211070.

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