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Interdental Brushes: A Flossing Alternative


A healthy mouth can help protect your overall body health. Keeping the tooth surfaces you see (and the ones you don’t!) clean is essential to maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.  One way to do this is with brushing and flossing but, did you know, that there is now another option?

Interdental brushes, which are little brushes that look like a pipe-cleaner, can fit between your teeth to brush the surfaces you previously could only reach by flossing.  They used to be made in large sizes only, and were meant for cleaning larger spaces between your teeth1. Now interdental brushes are made in many different sizes, some even small enough to replace floss!

While flossing is still an excellent option for many of you, these new little brushes have scientific evidence to back up the claims that they are equal to, or in some cases even better, than flossing1. So if you find flossing difficult, or are just not motivated to do it, interdental brushes may be an alternative for you. Ask your Okanagan Smiles Kelowna Dentist or Dental Hygienist about it at your next visit!

Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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