What is better: Floss or interdental brush?
Simple toothbrushing is not enough to keep teeth and gums healthy. Tooth plaque gets mainly stuck between the teeth where a normal toothbrush can’t get in. But what should I do to clean my spaces? Should I use the classical dental floss or rather a special interdental brush?
In any case, the interdental brush is the right choice! One of the largest studies by Sälzer et al. * from 2015 shows the superiority of interdental brushes over dental floss, as inflammation values decrease considerably. The interdental brush is a mini toothbrush designed specifically for cleaning the interdental spaces. Therewith one reaches the hidden angles between the teeth, also the back molars. Dental floss, on the other hand, has the disadvantage that it is not possible to reach all the sites, because the molars in particular are not straight. In addition, the handling seems to many people to be tedious and annoying and requires practice. However, dental floss is useful if the interdental spaces are too narrow for interdental brushes, which is common in children’s age, for example.
Nonetheless, many people perceive the cleaning with conventional interdental brushes as unpleasant: The brushes bend over quickly and can hurt the gums. This is exactly why we have developed the WINGBRUSH! The special feeler allows you to reach every gap with it and reduces the risk of injury. Our study also shows that the improved handling of the WINGBRUSH has resulted in 24% more interdental spaces being cleaned.
Conclusion: Every interdental cleaning procedure is better than none at all! However, interdental brushes are definitely the best way to clean the gaps. The WINGBRUSH is extremely easy to use and due to its unique shape it reaches almost every angle. The ideal order of teeth cleaning is as follows: first floss, then brush your teeth and then clean the gaps with the WINGBRUSH.
* Sälzer S, Slot DE, Van der Weijden FA, Dörfer CE. Efﬁcacy of inter-dental mechanical plaque control in managing gingivitis – a meta-review. J Clin Periodontol. 2015;42(suppl 16):92–105.)