by Julie Finch-Scally

The dentist says we should floss regularly, but I am finding that doesn’t always work for me.

You know what it is like.  You’ve had chicken or some beef and a piece has become stuck in between one of those back teeth.  You floss backwards and forwards, but still feel there is something there.  It is not until the next morning while scrubbing your teeth that the offending piece of meat is finally dislodged.

Now I guess many people who are vegetarians will tell me that if I didn’t eat meat I wouldn’t have this problem.  But as I find the same problem occurs when I eat raw celery or some of those stringy leafy green vegetables, I am sure vegetarians suffer just as much as meat eaters. 

A few years ago I got so fed up with this little problem I started to look for other options to remove the debris between my teeth.  There were quite a few. The first were little brushes wound round metal which came in various thicknesses.  These were not bad, but the metal bent easily and to clean between all the teeth in my mouth I had to use two or three brushes. 

I didn’t give up and finally discovered some plastic brushes.  There was a similarity to the metal brushes, but these seemed to have more strength when I pushed the brush through the gaps.  The shape of the stick itself reminded me of a pack of toothpicks with bristles.  When I used them I instantly knew I had removed any debris because I could feel it sitting on my tongue ready to be rinsed out of my mouth.  It also relieved the pressure caused by the invading morsel sitting between my teeth.

When I was younger I didn’t have this problem but I know as one gets older the teeth move.  I also know I am not the only person plagued with this problem hence the encouragement by the dentists to regularly floss. 

But maybe there is more to this.  I really think the dentists ask us to floss to keep down the plaque in between the teeth more than just to remove any caught debris. But for removing offending matter stuck in between the teeth I find the plastic brushes so much more efficient than the floss.

Of course I still do as my dentist advised me and floss regularly, but now I have found these great plastic brushes for removing all that left over stringy bits of food, my mouth feels a whole lot better and my teeth more comfortable. 




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