Are they any good and where’s cheapest to buy?
If you have ever flossed (if you haven’t, why not?!), where the floss cuts a little too aggressively against the gum and it either bleeds or you are left wincing and that short burst of pain.
So to avoid such, particularly if you have sore and sensitive gums are the little brushes that you can use, such as these from Wisdom.
The brushes are available in varying sizes to suit you needs. We have here the ‘fine’ interdental cleaning brushes, which come in a pack of 20 and look a little bit like a dart. See them in our video review below, or keep reading to see more photos and our written review.
At one end you have the fine bristles and at the other what looks like flight, but is actually a small plastic handle that can be used to hold and guide the brush into the gaps between the teeth.
The handle is about 5mm wide and the whole brush measures just shy of 5cm or 1.75”.
No wire is present in the construction, a combination of plastic and rubber.
Finding which brush size is right for you is going to be a bit of trial and error. My teeth are fairly tight together after orthodontic work and even with the ‘fine’ option could I actually fit this in a few gaps that I have.
If you know you have large gaps then large will be your best option. For what I would consider the ‘normal’ individual you are probably going to want to opt with fine to achieve the best results.
The sizes available are fine, medium and large where the colours of the bristles are blue, green or purple.
The head of the brush has 6 rows of fine rubber bristles. Considerably softer on the gum than nylon, I feel it is more comfortable, but in some respect it does not give me the feeling that it is really working.
With my teeth, I still need to floss after using these brushes from Wisdom as I can’t get in between all my teeth, no matter what I try and when I do the plastic bends as they are not all that strong.
If you have any kind of braces as part of orthodontic work, I believe this is where the brushes serve a user best. They get into the gaps that floss cannot with a brace and the fine bristles really work up against the brace fittings.
Small and lightweight they are designed for a single use. If you are a bit heavy handed you may use more than one during each cleaning session as they bend so easily.
Costing around £2.50 for a pack of 20, each brush works out at 12.5p for a single pack. Bulk buy and you can get this price down to around 8p per brush.
They could be good to keep a few in the car or in a travel bag or purse for those times where you want to freshen the teeth and gums a little but for me the fact I cannot use them on all teeth is not ideal for this.
For the money, I don’t think you get value from these unless you are using them with a brace. They serve a purpose but they are just too weak and even the fine is not fine enough to get between the gaps in my teeth.
I would gladly pay more for something that was a little stronger, with a few more bristles and most likely built around a central wire.
For the low cost they are worth a try but just be warned they might not be as good as you hope. Currently Amazon offers a 20 pack at £2.37 which is the cheapest we have seen them when you take into account the free delivery.