An interdental brush is a small brush specially designed to clean between your teeth, where a regular toothbrush does not reach. In fact, a toothbrush can only reach 60% of your tooth surfaces. Dental plaque builds up between your teeth where a toothbrush does not reach. It is a good idea to use an interdental brush as part of your daily cleaning routine to prevent gum inflammation, cavities and bad breath. These are recommended especially for patients who have particular need such as those with extensive fillings, crowns or bridge, orthodontic patients or patients with particular periodontal problems. Interdental cleaning aids are not generally recommended for children as they may damage their gums by incorrect usage.
Choose the right size
For best result, it is important to choose an interdental brush of the right size. Often, you need more than one brush size and your dentist can help to select the correct brush size or sizes for you.
Use your interdental brush once a day, preferably in the evening and in front of the mirror. Move the brush gently back and forth a few times in each interdental space.
How do I use an interdental brush?
- Choose the right size
- Insert gently
- Move the brush back and forth in each space
- Change size and curve the neck or wire when needed
- Change the brush when the filaments become worn
To find out more about correct brushing techniques and the correct sized interdental brush for you, book an exam with one of our general dentists here