How to Floss Teeth : Flossing Alternatives: Inter-dental Devices

How to Floss Teeth : Flossing Alternatives: Inter-dental Devices


The next section we’ll be talking about are
the inter-dental stimulators. And they range from brushes to tips of all different sizes.
What I’d like to say about these is that anytime that you’re unable to floss. Basically these
are great options. I don’t want it to be misconstrued that there is a substitute for flossing. Because
the floss is important to keep the teeth healthy as well as the gums. But we do need to note
that I’m a very practical dental hygienist. In the sense that you are not able to floss,
you definitely need to be stimulating your gums in some other way. So these ways that
we’ll be talking about are becoming very, very important for you to learn. Because this
could actually save your teeth and save your gums. The first is these Inter-proximal brushes.
And they’re very fine, they are pointed. These are great for targeting specific areas such
as the in betweens of teeth, as I spoke of. Which is where you are unable to floss. Where
you need a lot of that disruption. Also the backs of third molars or second molars, first
molars, whatever is last in the arch. You definitely can clean very effectively there.
What’s nice about the brushes too, is that you’ll be able to dip these in an anti bacterial
mouth rinse. And that combined with this brush is going to make even more effective. So you
can use this brush even to go right along the gum tissue of all the teeth. And between
specific areas that are hard to reach or larger areas. These make a great, great stimulator
for that. Another great tool is the gum stimulator. And what that is, it’s a little rubber tip
that you used to find on just about all tooth brushes, years and years ago. Then now you
can’t seem to find a tooth brush with one. What these are intended to do, they’re intended
to be like tracing devices. Now which means is that they are plaque removers. They’re
tracing right along the gum line to get off and to disrupt that bacteria. And that in
turn will keep that gum and tissue healthy. So again, the rubber tip it’s still a very
valid and good idea for plaque removal. And lastly, the Proxi-brushes. These are often
recommended by Periodontist specialist who work with gum the tissue. These are brushes
that look like pipe cleaners. They come in varying widths, thicknesses. And sometimes
even extra soft bristols. But they’re terrific because they fill space. And you work these
in between teeth, back and forth. What’s nice about all of these is that these are adjuncts
that can actually be used sometimes right by your TV.

Author: Kevin Mason

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