After appeasing my dentist by buying an electric toothbrush, I was still being nagged by her to floss. I completely understand the importance for dental hygiene to floss regularly but me and flossing just do not get on. After I told my dentist this she recommended trying interdental brushes instead which she suggested I would find much easier to use. I actually forgot about them for a few weeks and then when I spotted the Corsodyl ones in the supermarket for the bargain price of £1 (I have rarely seen them at this price since so do keep an eye out), I quickly remembered and purchased them!
The ones I initially opted for were the Corsodyl Daily interdental brushes, and this was solely based on price. I had only once used Corsody as a brand for a short period when my dentist recommended using the mouthwash, and I was really pleased with the results so figured for £1 I couldn't really go too far wrong.
Interdental brushes work much like flossing but as opposed to a long piece of floss to navigate through your teeth you have basically a miniature toothbrush without bristles! It is ideal for hard to reach places such as the back teeth. It is also much easier to navigate through your teeth too which ensures that you are able to get to all of the places that a toothbrush can't.
Although I don't have braces anymore I would have found these ideal when I was a teenager with metal braces. It can easily reach through braces without the worry of them becoming damaged during the process.
Using them is easy as the tapered edges and rubber material easily flex between teeth. The little handle to hold them makes it easy to use and I have easily adjusted myself to using them in my dental routine. To use you gently push them into the spaces between teeth and pull back and forth, but it is extremely important not to force them. The brushes should fit between most teeth but I have one or two hard to reach areas where I don't use the brushes as it would most likely cause bleeding as it would be forced.
Storing the brushes is easy as they come in their own handy little storage container which makes it easy but also hygienic to store them in a bathroom cabinet or take them on holiday. I have a pack in my bag for garlic/ herb emergencies!
I have noticed a difference since I have started using interdentals. My teeth feel cleaner and I can feel the small gaps in between each tooth more than when I don't use them (she says, tonguing the gaps!). They obviously help to reduce the amount of plaque build-up, and remove food particles from between the teeth. More importantly my dentist has stopped nagging me so they must be working!
Prices vary but the average store which charge around £2/£3 for a pack of 10. As these are dailies, you will obviously need 3 packs a month.
I have tried a few brands now and to be honest I haven't favoured one over the other so I will happily buy whichever are on offer or are priced the cheapest in the specific shop I am in.
My dentist has been telling me for years that I should be flossing on a daily basis and whilst I do try and do it inevitably I get bored and slip back in to my old bad ways. When buying some Corsodyl mouthwash which was on three for two I picked up these interdental brushes as my third products instead of getting another mouthwash as I wanted to try them out. I have used interdental brushes before but I thought that the Corsodyl ones might be better for my gums which I do have problems with.
The interdental brushes are made of rubber as opposed to metal and are like little matchsticks with bristles on them to remove plaque and bits of food from in between the teeth. Obviously they are ultra thin so that they can go in and out of between the teeth with ease but as with most people some of my gaps are smaller than other and with these I did have trouble getting the brush in and out without using some force and the brushes did end up bending out of shape.
I could really feel the difference when using the brushes and it amazed me just how much gunk would come out of the spaces in between my teeth even though I am quite good with my dental hygiene.
My whole mouth felt cleaner after using these and I can honestly say that my gums felt less tender than they normally do which I think was die to being properly cleaned and also with the bristles massaging them.
As said I have used interdental brushes before which are usually made from metal and have really stiff brushes on them. I found these much nicer to use and they didn't hurt my gums or cause them to bleed like those brushes have done. Also the lack of metal really made a difference in comfort when it came to using the brushes on teeth which have fillings because using the metal interdental brushes can be really uncomfortable.
The only problem with these brushes as far as I am concerned is that you need to use a new brush every time and as you only get 20 brushes in a packet it makes them on the expensive side which considering they cost just under £4 a packet doesn't make them very economical especially considering that you can buy some generic interdental brushes for as little as £1.50 a packet.
Flossing is the bane of my life. Every time I visit the dental hygienist (and I go every three months) I am told how important it is to floss before I undergo the usual scale and polish.
The last time I visited the hygienist I knew my somewhat lackadaisical approach to flossing had come back to haunt me - my gums were bleeding almost every time I brushed my teeth. I had been using interdental brushes bought from Lidl which were good, but not particularly sturdy, making them somewhat expensive. I can't get on with actual dental floss at all so I looked elsewhere for something better.
I had switched to using Corsodyl Daily toothpaste and was intrigued to see they also do disposable interdental brushes. They are expensive - costing £4.15 on Amazon for 20. There are other online sources which are slightly cheaper but as yet I haven't been able to locate these in any offline shops, even though Boots and Superdrug do sell all the other Corsodyl Daily products.
The Corsodyl Daily interdental brushes come in packs of 10 or 20. They are packaged inside a plastic protective case attached to a cardboard base by a clear plastic bubble.
If, like me, you buy the 20 pack you will find two lots of 10 brushes which are attached to one another. These are easy to separate by just tearing a brush off at the small handle area.
The brushes have a green rubber handle and the bristles are white and also made of rubber. The brush is designed to be sharp at the top and tapers downwards to become wider at the bottom.
According to Corsodyl, the brushes are perfect to use not just between your teeth but also around implants and crowns, with the tapered stem designed to fit into a range of interdental spaces. They do, however, warn you not to force them into very tight gaps.
When I opened the packaging up I found it quite easy to tear a brush off. Now I always brush my teeth before flossing but some people floss before brushing - I suppose it's personal preference. So, after a 2 minute brush, I use the brush between as many teeth as I can.
The brush slots in and out of my front teeth with relative ease but I do find it tricky to get in between the very back teeth so I always leave these till last. I have sound reasoning for this - the brushes are reasonably durable but they are only designed to be used once and as such are prone to bending out of shape if too much force is applied and on one occasion the brush almost snapped in two. This always happens when I am brushing between my back teeth so rather than break a brush and have not done the "easy" teeth so to speak, I get those "easy" ones done first.
I have one crown and Corsodyl's claim that these brushes are perfect to use around them is a sound one - the flexible filaments on the brush helping to make this an easy task.
I also like the sensation of this brush over metal ones. I find the metal brushes feel irritating in my mouth - perhaps due to the amount of metal my poor teeth have acquired in fillings over the years - giving me an awful grating sensation in my mouth. The Corsodyl Daily brushes don't affect me this way at all.
I also like the shape of the brushes. Because they are tapered they seem to glide between my teeth without any problems and unlike some other interdental brushes I have used, they don't get stuck between my teeth either. Now I must stress that I do take Corsodyl's advice and don't force any kind of flossing device into very tight gaps but I still have suffered the ignominy of struggling to release an interdental brush that didn't wish to leave the area it was supposed to be cleaning.
The plastic case is a great idea too as it means you can store the brushes hygienically in your bathroom or use it if you need to take some brushes on your travels. I do wish Corsodyl would give you the option to buy the brushes without the box however - you don't need a box everytime you buy and it adds to waste and to the cost of the product.
I've been using these brushes now for almost two months in conjunction with the Corsodyl Tooth & Gum Paste and have to say the difference in my oral health is marked. I have noticed my breath feels fresher but more importantly I haven't had any bleeding gums when I brush my teeth. I had also suffered from inflamed gums periodically before I started my Corsodyl Daily routine but these seem to now be a thing of the past.
I must stress that although my hygienist and dentist both stressed the importance of interdental brushes they didn't specifically recommend a brand. I have found myself delighted with the results using Corsodyl Daily products - although I must admit I do use a different mouthwash purely because I don't like the taste of the Corsodyl Daily product.
So in conclusion I can highly recommend these interdental brushes. The only criticism I have of them is, predictably in light of the brand name, the price. They do work out as an expensive way of flossing but they do work. They are available for less if you shop about online but it's worth remembering that some dental treatment can be extortionate - even if you have an NHS dentist - so I personally find it worth my while to spend a bit more on an oral hygiene routine which will hopefully minimise the chance of this treatment.
You only have to use one brush a day however - I was advised it's best to floss before bedtime - so one pack of 20 will last you just shy of 3 weeks.
I have been really impressed with the results they offer and would suggest if you struggle to get floss into awkward spaces, these brushes may well provide a solution.
Keeping our gums in top condition is critical if we are to keep our teeth at their natural best / And whilst we know it is important to floss, very few of us do so regularly / New; Corsodyl Daily Interdental Brushes helps make awkward flossing a thing of the past / They are as effective as floss at removing plaque and easy to use, even in hard to reach places / Effective plaque removal, Special rubber stem with flexible filaments, Helps protect delicate gums and enamel, Metal free, Perfect to use around implants and crowns,