Between 30 and 40 percent of the tooth surface lies in the interdental spaces. A large proportion of the tooth surface is therefore difficult or almost impossible to reach with a normal toothbrush. Plaque that is not consistently removed from these areas is the most common cause of periodontal disease, caries and many other oral diseases. Nevertheless, only a fraction of Germans clean their interdental spaces regularly.
How can I effectively clean my interdental spaces?
Cleaning the interdental spaces is not a big problem, often it is only the motivation of the individual that is lacking. Plaque can be removed effectively with well-known tools such as dental floss and interdental brushes. The numerous, different shapes of dental floss and the variable sizes of interdental brushes promise an optimal adaptation to the needs of the individual. Oral irrigators can also be used to clean the interdental spaces; a jet of water rinses food debris and plaque out of the gaps. The best person to help you choose the most effective method is your dentist.
It is recommended to always clean the interdental spaces, e.g. with dental floss, in the evening before brushing your teeth. The first few times you floss, your gums may bleed, but this is not a problem and will not occur again after about a week.
Interdental cleaning is especially important for dentures and the like. Interdental brushes are particularly suitable for this purpose and should be rinsed under running water after each interdental space. Toothpaste should not be used during the cleaning process, as abrasive particles could get stuck in the interdental spaces.
Dental floss or interdental brushes?
Basically, the choice of method should be based on personal preference, as both dental floss and interdental brushes can achieve very good cleaning results. In addition, you can, of course, seek the advice of your own dentist, who can also get an exact overview of the size and condition of the interdental spaces. Our SuperClean floss is particularly gentle because its fibres are very flexible and tear-resistant. It also has a super fresh taste because of its mint & xylitol formula. The components you use in addition to your dental care are also important! With the right electric toothbrush, such as the happybrush toothbrush, you can effectively remove plaque and impurities. By using a fluoride toothpaste, like the happybrush SuperBlack, you strengthen your teeth against tooth-damaging acids!
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