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Interdental/Interproximal Brushes

Postby Gloss » Fri Dec 17, 2010 2:13 pm

I can't find a decent one that lasts more than a couple of uses...the bristles fold over on their sides and lie flat. Anyone know of a high quality one that will last?
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Re: Interdental/Interproximal Brushes

Postby MissJ521@aol.com » Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:09 pm

What about trying that FAT dental floss (forgot what it's called but it's FAT dental floss in package). Wet it with anti-bacterial solution and dip in baking soda--then floss with it.
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Re: Interdental/Interproximal Brushes

Postby Gloss » Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:50 pm

Hi, Thanks for the reply...I shall try the Baking Soda, but I do have some interdental irregularities/concavities that the floss just cannot 'reach' into...hence the search for a quality interdental brush.

I am aware of Oral B's Super Floss... Dr. Tungs Smart Floss is the best 'fat floss' I have found/use... BUT...'my jury' is still out on the value/effectiveness of these higher priced 'fat flosses'...see, as soon as you pull them taught(to actually floss with them) ...they become just as thin as regular floss...lol.
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Re: Interdental/Interproximal Brushes

Postby MissJ521@aol.com » Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:49 pm

Well, if they become thin, small spaces should be more reachable that way, no?

OK, what if the space between your teeth is wide enough to get a thicker thing in there. If that's the case, what about a lab supply 'vial washer'. I don't know what they are called and they are NOT for teeth. But you know those bottle washer things with bristles on a wire where the bristles bend when you put it through the narrow part of the bottle, well, I think there are smaller tiny tools like that and if so, they would be used for washing small VIALS and something to look around for in a place that sells lab supplies.

Other option might be a a POCKET irrigation attachment to one of those interdental water pik devices.

However, I DO think the devices you are using now are 'planned obsolescence' things where they want you to exchange them. I know I saw them at CVS in a package and there were like a 100 of the disposable interdental brushes in there. I think they purposely make them NOT to last.
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Re: Interdental/Interproximal Brushes

Postby Gloss » Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:56 pm

Hi, the floss/anti-bacterial solution/baking soda technique is awesome...cleans really well. Interesting... this technique keeps the "Smart Floss " 'fat/fatter' while in use/flossing...must be the baking soda impregnated within/between all the floss fibers...but yeah, what a cleaning, as opposed to just 'dry' floss...Thanks for sharing.

Good ideas/leads for tiny brushes...shall have to search for them.

Exactly right on the interdental brushes..and I do not mind the cost so much...if only they worked more than once and weren't so wimpy.
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Re: Interdental/Interproximal Brushes

Postby MissJ521@aol.com » Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:01 pm

Glad you liked my idea and it worked. Ya, I think that fat floss has some air spaces in it which the baking soda can get in.

Another ALTERNATIVE dental technique is what they call "Oil Pulling". I don't know how it works but they say to swish some food oil (organic food oil) in the mouth for like 10 min and spit it out. Like do that after cleaning teeth. They say, it helps draw the toxic bacteria out, makes teeth whiter and helps gums.

Presently, I'm doing a lot of research on 'anti' ADA techniques and came across the oil pulling technique. There are even message boards about oil pulling.

Another technique I found was from Dr. Keyes (old time dentist) which is this:

Dip tooth brush in hydrogen peroxide to wet it. Then rub tooth brush in Neutrogena SOAP (yes soap). Then make mixture of baking soda and pure glycerin and dip tooth brush to pick up a lot of that and brush. It does NOT taste good but it does a good job of breaking up BIOFILMS (plaque) and it foams and these things keep down periodontal pathogen population. You use the commercial tooth paste LAST for a fresher feeling.
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