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Dental Floss

In most cases, interdental brushes are preferable to dental floss because they clean more efficiently. There are, however, some interdental spaces that can only be reached using dental floss. In these cases, it makes sense to use dental floss to complete your dental care.

Recommendation:

Always keep the dental floss extremely short and move it gently backwards and forwards so that it does not cause injury or grind fissures into the tooth. Waxed dental floss is preferable, mainly because it is easier to handle than unwaxed dental floss. Stretch it between your index finger and thumb. Then insert it between two teeth and pull the floss upwards along the sides of the teeth using a gentle backwards and forwards movement.

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Single Toothbrushes

Your teeth are individuals that need to be cleaned individually and gently all the way round. This is best done with the single-tuft toothbrush or single toothbrush that can be elegantly manoeuvred around each individual tooth.

The single technique combined with good interdental space cleaning meets the highest standards of oral hygiene. Its application looks more complicated than it actually is. After a few training sessions, e.g. in front of the television, you will become a champion and won't want to give up your new technique.

Use your tongue to steer!

Your tongue helps to steer the single toothbrush together with your sense of touch along the gums. Cleaning according to your sense of touch has an important additional effect, namely that the invisible "shadow zones", which are neglected in most patients, can be cleaned just as thoroughly as those areas that can be seen in the mirror.

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Toothbrushes - the softer, the better

Too large, too thick, too hard - these are the main characteristics of most toothbrushes. This also applies to the frequently recommended medium-hard toothbrushes as well as to many children's toothbrushes.

Make sure you check the bristles (soft) and, in particular, the bristle area (small). Use an ultra soft toothbrush with a small head of 2 cm length and/or a soft single-tuft toothbrush.

The job of a toothbrush

The main task of the toothbrush is to remove plaque, i.e. to destroy the biofilm that has formed. One hundred per cent removal of plaque is not possible or desirable because a sterile mouth would be extremely unhealthy. Only relatively thick and old layers of bacteria cause caries and gum inflammations.

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Why & How to use interdental brushes?

Cleaning your interdental spaces is crucial because this is where caries and later periodontitis can develop without being noticed. The most efficient way to remove plaque is with the new generation of interdental brushes that do the job simply and gently. Using them every day leads to a reduction in bleeding gums and bad breath after just a few days.

Recommendation:

Insert the interdental brush into each interdental space every day: in and out is all it takes. You don't need to brush backwards and forwards.

Bleeding gums: why?

When you insert the interdental brush into an interdental space for the first time, there is frequently bleeding and it can sometimes be a little painful. Don't worry! You are not bleeding because you have injured yourself, but because you have a small open wound there caused by plaque.

Gums only bleed if they are irritated by excessive plaque. If you use your interdental brush correctly, the problem will generally resolve itself after just ten days. The bleeding gums you experience at first will disappear.

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