It’s well-known that flossing is as important as brushing our teeth. However, there have been many debates about whether flossing is as effective as we thought it was. Interdental brushing has also proven to be a very helpful method in removing plaque and preventing gum disease. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what makes both methods useful for our overall dental care.
Flossing, a traditional method passed down through generations, involves using a thin piece of string to clean between teeth. The simplicity of this approach has made it a fundamental in oral care routines. Its flexibility allows for precise cleaning, reaching tight spaces that other tools may find challenging.
Pros of Flossing:
Interdental brushes, a more recent addition to oral care, consist of small brushes designed to fit between teeth. This alternative to traditional flossing offers a distinct set of advantages, particularly in terms of accessibility and user-friendly design.
Pros of Interdental Brushes:
When deciding between flossing and interdental brushes, personal preference and individual dental needs play a crucial role. For those who prioritise precision and are comfortable with a traditional approach, flossing may be the preferred choice. On the other hand, individuals seeking convenience and a modern solution might find interdental brushes better suited to their lifestyle.
However, the best approach is to combine these methods: using both floss and interdental brushes can create a comprehensive oral care routine, ensuring that all areas between teeth are effectively cleaned. the British Society of Periodontology said: ‘Evidence supports the use of small interdental brushes for cleaning between the teeth where there is space to do so, in preference to flossing… Floss is not a waste of time – it is a viable alternative to interdental brushing where appropriate’.
So, if you want to use both methods, we advise using flossing when there’s no visible gap between teeth; in other cases, it’s better to use an interdental brush.Back to Blog