How to use interdental brushes
When using just a toothbrush, we are only able to clean three of the five sides of our teeth. Tools such as interdental brushes can be useful in order to clean our teeth entirely. They should be used regularly and with the correct technique for optimal effect.
Interdental brushes are small brushes designed for thorough cleaning between teeth, around crowns, fillings, implants and braces. The brushes are bottle-shaped, which allows them to access places regular toothbrushes are not able to reach.
WHEN TO USE INTERDENTAL BRUSHES?
Interdental brushes are a supplement to the daily oral care regimen and should not replace tools already used regularly, like toothbrushes. Using interdental brushes after meals or when brushing your teeth in the evening, you can prevent caries and gum inflammations.
Further, if you have large spaces between your teeth, making it difficult to clean them using dental flossers, an interdental brush is the right tool.
CORRECT TECHNIQUES FOR CLEANING BETWEEN TEETH
For the best effect when cleaning between teeth with interdental brush, use the following techniques:
• Do not use toothpaste on the interdental brush unless your dentist has advised you to
• From the front of the teeth, you lead the interdental brush in the spaces between your teeth
• Slowly move the brush in and out of the space, about 10 times. Rotating the brush while inside a space will have greater effect
• Repeat this process on the back of your teeth
If the interdental brush does not glide straight through a space, you need a smaller brush or alternatively dental floss.
FIND THE RIGHT SIZED BRUSH
The Jordan Clinic Brush Between is available in five different sizes, so you can find just the right fit for your teeth spaces. Using brush which is too small will not clean your teeth properly. However, it is better to go down a size than to force bigger brush in between the teeth.
It is also common to have multiple sizes available, as we often have different sized spaces between different teeth. If you aren’t sure of which interdental brush suits your teeth best, you can get guidance from your dental hygienists or dentist.
Just as with toothbrushes, remember to switch your interdental brush regularly. Replace the brush when it starts to look worn out, to ensure continuous optimal effect and to keep your gums healthy and clean.
Interdental brushes are very efficient cleaning tools and come in different sizes suitable for all ages and interdental spaces. They are also specialist brushes for those of us who have braces, have some form of gum diseases or infections, or have undergone gingival surgery.