Types of Interdental Cleaning
Brushing alone only cleans three of the five surfaces of your teeth, so it is important that you also clean between your teeth every day. As a guide, the two main types of interdental cleaning are floss and interdental brushes. interdental brushes are described below, if you want to learn about flosing click the button below.
These can be more effective than using floss on its own especially between back teeth and where there are larger spaces in your mouth. In these spaces, the food tends to trap and floss simply does not remove the deposits.
Sometimes floss makes the condition worse, pushing the food debris into the gum in big spaces. Interdental brushes push out this debris more effectively.
Interdental brushes come in a variety of sizes.
When do I need to use them?
How they are used
- Select a suitable sized interdental brush.
- Never force the brush between the teeth.
- Between front teeth, use a finer brush, turning slightly to ease the brush comfortably between the teeth. Remove the brush by gently pulling thereby removing plaque and debris.
- Repeat the turning motion to re-insert and pull out several times until you are satisfied the space is clean.
- For larger spaces nearer the back of the mouth, a larger headed brush might be needed.
- To be as effective as possible, shape the head into a slight curve. DO NOT bend at right angles. You will then be able to easily locate and clean the space effectively.
- Always rinse brush in clean water during and after use.
For sensitive teeth dip in some sensitive toothpaste to brush between the teeth.
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