A member asked:

Dental: yesterday, hygienist said i can use bristle go-betweens on all front bottom teeth. does she mean this takes the place of flossing?

3 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Nilesh Dalal answered

Specializes in Periodontics

Yes and no: Nothing replaces flossing. The go-betweens which we call the proxabrush helps clean large spaces between teeth easily but not meant for normal or tight spaces. For the latter two floss is the only recommendation. I always tell my patients that the go-betweens are meant in spaces where they can be easily fitted and not forced through. If you use force then it is not meant for that space.

Answered 5/29/2016


Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Definitely, no: Bristle go-betweens does not replace daily brushing and flossing but should be done following your hygienist instructions.

Answered 2/27/2015



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