What’s the Best Way to Clean Between Teeth?
Given the fact that no one strategy works significantly better than the others, how do you decide which strategy to use? We recommend a three-part test. What will you use? What can you do? Lastly, what is effective?
If You Don’t Use It, It Can’t Help
The biggest priority is choosing a cleaning strategy that you’ll actually use. If you find flossing a chore and won’t do it, then it won’t do any good. You’re better off switching to interdental brushes or a Waterpik.
One study concluded that a Waterpik flosser and manual toothbrush were more effective at removing plaque than a manual toothbrush and string floss.
A study from 2019 found that interdental brushes provided similar effects to flossing but are more favorable to patients in regards to comfort and acceptance.
If You Can’t Use It, Why Try?
Some interdental cleaning methods are challenging. Flossing, for example, requires a significant amount of manual dexterity. If you don’t have that dexterity, then perhaps flossing isn’t right for you. Try using a flosser with the handle, interdental brushes, or a Waterpik. Ultimately, whatever is easiest for you to use, is the one that will provide the best results. Consistent use is the key.
If It’s Not Working, Try Something Else
Of course, you also want to make sure that your cleaning method is actually effective. There’s no point in doing nightly cleaning if it’s not making a difference. At your regular checkups, we will evaluate your oral health. This includes plaque, tartar, cavities, and gum disease. If we think you are at risk, we may recommend a change in your cleaning method. Although we always recommend flossing, interdental brushes and Waterpiks can provide similar results. Switching to an electric toothbrush from a manual toothbrush can also help remove more plaque and bacteria from between your teeth.
Work Together With Our Spokane Dentists
Ensuring oral health takes a team effort. Your daily hygiene routine is the most important part. We want to make sure you are doing all you can to protect your oral and overall health. Finding the right oral hygiene routine for you is even more important if you have dental implants or have just received cosmetic dentistry treatments. The better you take care of your oral health, the longer-lasting your results.
Please call (509) 532-1111 today to schedule your next appointment with our Spokane dentists at Collins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Spokane.