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Interdental brushes
« on: July 29, 2020, 06:01:55 PM »
On the advice of the old drill fuck I have made a concerted effort to crack interdental brushing.  I can now do any gap with an interdental brush of the correct size.  My largest brush is massive and could easily be used to remove skid marks from the bowl, but I don't use it for that I use it to clean between my teeth like a good boy.

Anyone else use them?  Broaden it out to floss or those air flossers if you like, go mad.

Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2020, 06:04:36 PM »
I tried, but all I managed was broken brushes and blood.  Flossing is fine, but I fell out of the habit again.

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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2020, 06:11:13 PM »
Tried one once, gave up when it became clear there was no way it was going between my teeth, even though I'd got the thinnest variety available, and the attempt was traumatising my gums. Never had any joy with floss either. So a couple of months back, on the advice of my dentist (the advice was given pre-CoViD, it's just taken me this long to get around to it), I got one of those water flossers, which has been great at shifting stuff the toothbrush doesn't reach. Haven't fully got into the habit of turning it off before taking the nozzle out of my mouth, though, and it can be a bit alarming if I forget.

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Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2020, 06:27:45 PM »
I’ve started using these after every slap-up nosh after the dental hygienist told me brushing doesn’t get rid of every bit of trapped meat, you need to try interdentals. “Kiss me," I replied, and we were soon making love. Haven’t needed the big rite-of-passage green ones yet, but it's only a matter of time. Teeth get gappier with age, if they don't fall out first.

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Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2020, 06:40:57 PM »
Every time I go to fund a new Audi I'm told, in sightly awed tones, that I have excellent dental hygiene. As far as I can tell, this is just shorthand for "does an adequate job of brushing twice daily", which says very little for the rest of you, frankly.

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Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2020, 07:08:53 PM »
I'm on purple ones.

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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2020, 07:53:10 PM »
Not sure I mind tooth decay. I was privileged to know a fine society cat who never brushed her teeth and transitioned to a gumming cat when her teeth came out. She wore it well and became an advocate for the gumming lifestyle, and though I remain studded with teeth, I eschew tooth-centric behaviours that marginalise the undertoothed in our society, and understand now that teeth are threatening, unnecessary and don't belong in any modern workplace.

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Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2020, 08:03:12 PM »
I don't mean to brag, I don't mean to boast
I use interdental brushes when I eat French toast

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Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2020, 08:15:22 PM »
Dental as anything

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« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2020, 08:37:11 PM »
It's widely known that flossing is shit, it's hard to do properly, there's no evidence it helps, and if done wrongly, it can damage teeth, gums, and dental work, and even lead to infections and DEATH. There's not much evidence for interdental brushing but unless you're a total fucking psycho you're unlikely to fuck your mouth up too much. Even a toothpick could probably do more damage, especially if you're Joe Pesci or something.

Personally, I don't eat or drink and had my mouth filled with a preservative solution of formaldehyde and sewn shut when I was 12.

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Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2020, 10:20:53 PM »
Dentism is one of the last respectable redoubts of the medieval medical charlatan, an absolute crock of mouth-mangling quackery from molar to gum. Full of cobblers, the practitioners of dentistry. Never a healthy living tooth they’d rather not see turned into a honeycomb of toxic heavy metals, never a perfectly serviceable gum they dont want to see rent asunder by application of medical cheese wire.

There’s one simple trick they don’t want you to know - pump your mouth full of bleach.

I’m serious - I’ve buggered about with all manner of dentist-mandated shite for years with little long lasting positive effect. But gargle with a 1.5% hydrogen peroxide solution and boom - no more inflamed gums, mouth feels like a freshly popped out baby, so sweet id invite you to eat your dinner of it. Breaks down persistent biofilms in a jiffy. Fucking great.

It was actually a dentist that put me onto it so they aren’t all bad, suggested the Colgate peroxyl mouthwash, but much cheaper just to make your own out of pharmacy hydrogen peroxide. Just don’t make it any stronger or it will start dissolving your tooth enamel and skin.

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« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2020, 10:26:38 PM »
Half a teaspoon of xylitol after eating, let it dissolve in your saliva and swish it around for a few minutes before spitting it out. The bacteria are more attracted to xylitol than sugar, but they can't metabolise it so don't produce the acid that erodes your tooth enamel. The swishing around helps to dislodge bits of food that might be caught between your teeth, as well.

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« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2020, 10:27:09 PM »
Love me a bit of interdental, very satisfying poking those seeds out.

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Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2020, 11:56:19 PM »
None other than DJ Bob Hoskins going dental in a medical waste bin.

Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2020, 12:11:02 AM »
There is no way I'm taking dental advice from a comedy forum.  That said....

There’s one simple trick they don’t want you to know - pump your mouth full of bleach.
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Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2020, 01:06:26 AM »
Yeah, I use these. Takes some getting used to but way better than fucking around with floss. The bleeding stops after 4 days or so.

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Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2020, 03:30:46 AM »
I have a little permanent metal retainer on the back of my bottom teeth so I need to use one of these for the gaps in between those teeth where I can't floss. The rest I just floss though.

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« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2020, 06:26:28 AM »
There is no way I'm taking dental advice from a comedy forum.  That said....
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Yes, that might just have been a deliberate topical reference mind you!

In all seriousness I really can recommend the hydrogen peroxide mouthwash, it’s been a game changer for me. Better than flossing or brushes in my book as much less effort and doesn’t rip your gums to shreds but gets into every hidden nook and cranny and napalms any anaerobic bacteria living there.

If you don’t fancy my home brew version check out the Dentalist’s recommended Colgate Peroxyl mouthwash, it’s not too pricey now (I was looking during lockdown when the gougers had it at like twenty quid, it’s a fiver now) - it needs to be the one that says hydrogen peroxide 1.5% on it as some versions don’t)

Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #18 on: July 30, 2020, 09:37:11 AM »
By the way I insist on pronouncing 'interdental toothbrush' with exactly the same inflexions Gary from Men Behaving Badly gives 'penalty shoot-out'

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« Reply #19 on: July 30, 2020, 10:03:13 AM »
Surprised to see there's such weak research into preventative dentistry especially as there are a few competing ways to clean between your teeth now.  For a few years I used the sonicare airfloss which was quite effective (I thought) and easy to use.  Back molars are easily dispatched using one of these.  But the cleaning is apparently much less good than getting an actual brush in there, and there's no massage of the gum.

So I put quite a lot of effort into finding the right brushes and learning a technique.  That's the reason for the thread really - it's not easy at first and I wondered if most people who have tried it consigned it to the fuck-it bucket.  I have come to know each gap and which of the three sizes I use just fits - that's important as it's relatively easy to whizz round with the smallest size.  It was throughly unpleasant for a few days with bent wires and bleeding.  Feels really good when you get on top of it though.

Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #20 on: July 30, 2020, 11:35:15 AM »
When I was researching flossing it seemed like the consensus on the machines was "use one if you can't be arsed to floss otherwise and it motivates you, as it's better than nothing, but it's still better to use actual floss if you can"

Not sure if the thinking has changed since.

I do seem to fall into the "can't be arsed" category so might invest in one.

Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #21 on: July 30, 2020, 04:23:00 PM »
"Use one if the floss won't fit between your teeth" was my dentist's recommendation. I only paid about £20 for mine, as the user ratings seem pretty much the same for most of them; I don't know if the ones costing £70-80 are noticeably better, but I can't imagine there's 50+ quid's worth of difference.

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Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #22 on: July 30, 2020, 05:24:21 PM »
i got a water flosser which i used for about a week and can't be arsed any longer. honestly don't give a shit about my teeth. cavemen didn't brush their teeth probably. and if they did then it's not like i'm going to take dental advice from a caveman is it

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Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2020, 07:23:17 PM »
Just pump it full of bleach, job done.

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Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #24 on: July 30, 2020, 07:26:43 PM »
Insane that their idea of a prevention strategy is "get people to do increasingly complicated and time-consuming rituals involving jabbing multiple specialised arcane equipment into their mouths at the times that they're 1) struggling to come to terms with the world or 2) at peak tiredness and should be going to bed".

Absolute scum.


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Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #25 on: July 30, 2020, 07:28:48 PM »
I can't even work out what the good version of a dentist would be. What someone would be if they were going to be a dentist but weren't thoroughly awful - nothing answers to this.

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Re: Interdental brushes
« Reply #26 on: July 30, 2020, 07:32:00 PM »
Suspect the BDA advocated for reintroduction of charges in the fifties. Probably wanted to target the poorest so they didn't get into bad habits. Can't confirm this because:



Telling that the second "useful email" is about obtaining protection from the consequences of your actions as a dentist.

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Edit: fucked this up

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