When it comes to maintaining a healthy smile, we often focus on brushing. While this is undoubtedly essential, there’s another unsung hero in dental care – interdental brushes. These play a crucial role in achieving optimal oral health.
Interdental brushes, are small, slender brushes designed to clean the spaces between your teeth and around dental appliances like braces, bridges, and implants. Unlike traditional toothbrushes which focus on the surfaces of your teeth, interdental brushes are specifically made to target the tight spaces where food particles, plaque, and bacteria tend to accumulate.
The importance of using interdental brushes:
Effective plaque removal: Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth throughout the day. If left there, it can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Interdental brushes are great at removing plaque from hard-to-reach areas.
Prevention of gum disease: Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common dental problem that can have serious consequences if not treated promptly. Interdental brushes can help prevent gum disease by cleaning between teeth and along the gumline, where traditional brushing may fall short.
Ideal for dental appliances: If you have dental appliances such as braces, bridges, or implants, interdental brushes are invaluable. They can be used around wires and brackets to keep your teeth and gums clean, reducing the risk of issues arrising.
Fresh breath: Food particles trapped between teeth can lead to bad breath. Interdental brushes can effectively remove these particles, leaving your mouth feeling fresher and your breath smelling better.
Improved overall oral health: By incorporating interdental brushes into your daily oral care routine, you are taking a proactive step towards enhancing your overall oral health. These brushes are easy to use and provide an additional layer of protection against common dental problems.
How to Use Interdental Brushes:
Choose the right size: Select an interdental brush size that fits comfortably between your teeth. Your dentist or dental hygienist can help you determine the correct size. You may need a variety of sizes for the different sized spaces you have.
Insert gently: Insert the brush between your teeth, moving it back and forth without forcing it.
Clean all spaces: Use the interdental brush to clean between all your teeth, including the back molars. Pay special attention to areas where you feel resistance, as this is often where debris accumulates.
Rinse and replace: Rinse the brush after each use and replace it when the bristles start to show signs of wear and tear.
If you’d like to buy interdental brushes, pop into the practice, they are available at Reception.
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