Product Type: Boots Oral Care
Newest Review: ... the TePe brand as this is the one on sale in my dentists, but as it comes with the Boots branding, they are a whole £1 cheaper from Boots.... more
Use every day - Keep the dentist away!
Boots Expert 0.4mm Interdental Brushes
Member Name: ladybracknell
Boots Expert 0.4mm Interdental Brushes
Advantages: Great for cleaning between hard-to-reach teeth
Disadvantages: Need to make sure you use the right size
Let me tell you about a cruel and horrible man. This nasty man lured innocent little children into his office to sit in his special chair
and when they were sitting comfortably and unsuspecting, he'd subject them to the most excruciating torture, leaving them tearful and afraid, not to mention seriously traumatised forever after. He was The Dentist!
Like many people, I do not enjoy my visits to the dentist and despite the slightly tongue in cheek introduction to this review, as a child I
really did have a particularly nasty example of the profession as my dentist. His high speed drill always used to be on the blink whenever I went, so if he gave me a filling (which he invariably did) he'd use the old grinder type drill and he never once offered an injection. In fact, it wasn't until I left home that I knew there was such a thing as relatively painless dentistry or that I'd been subjected to treatment I didn't actually need!
As you can imagine, my childhood experiences left me with a deep fear and loathing of the entire dental profession and consequently I now move heaven and earth to make sure that I minimise the need for treatment. I brush, I floss, I gargle, and since their introduction, I also use inter-dental brushes too.
I began by using TePe inter-dental brushes which are the market leader and quite expensive so as soon as Boots introduced their own brand at a cheaper price, I began to use those instead.
These brushes are available in various colour coded sizes, ranging from 0.4mm to 0.7mm and are designed to brush between your teeth, at gum level, to clear out any residual particles of food and plaque which could
contribute to gum disease and which your floss might have missed. My teeth are fairly close together and after some trial and error, I found that the 0.4mm brushes were ideal for me. To save spending unnecessary money, it might be worth buying a pack containing several different sizes first to make sure you get the right size for you. These brushes should not be forced between the teeth but should pass through relatively easily without causing any pain and, hopefully, no bleeding.
Each packet contains six inter-dental brushes with small plastic handles plus a cap to cover the bristles of the brush currently being used and each brush can be used over a period of several days. The cost is £2.49 per packet but this is a small price to pay when compared to the cost of remedial dental treatment, even on the NHS. In fact, these are often available when Boots do their 3 for 2 offers which means it works out even cheaper per pack.
The brushes are on soft, malleable wire which can be bent to shape, making it easy to clean between even the hard to reach back teeth.
Using these brushes takes up very little additional time when cleaning your teeth and quite frankly, anything which results in better cared for teeth and less treatment has got to be worth every penny. In my case, use of these great little dental devices has, I'm convinced, contributed to the fact that I haven't required any treatment, other than a scale and polish, over the last couple of years.
These are definitely a five star addition to my dental armoury and I highly recommend their use.
Summary: Additional equipment for oral hygiene
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