Belfast dentists - Interdental Brushing
Why is interdental cleansing important?
- If food particles (especially proteins) remain for a longer time in the spaces between the teeth, then they invite bacterial growth, bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease.
- These particles must be removed either by flossing or by interdental brushing.
What is interdenal brush?
- Interdental brush is a small triangular shaped brush. Its structure resembles with a small bottle brush.
- It has a plastic handle.
- It is available in various sizes.
When should you opt for interdendal brushing?
- When the spaces between the teeth are too wide, then use of a dental floss is not recommended.
- Wider spaces between the teeth require interdental brushes to remove trapped food particles and plaque.
- Interdental brushes are available in different widths and sizes to match the space present between the teeth.
Is not it possible to cleanse the wider interdental spaces with a normal brush?
- It is not possible for a normal brush to reach interdental spaces.
- Interdental brushes have a tiny bottle type head and small bristles.
- The interdental brush can be easily moved between the teeth to remove food particles and plaque.
Which size of interdental brush should be used?
- Interdental brushes are available in different widths according to the spaces between teeth. You may need more than one size to clean effectively all the spaces between your teeth.
- Select a suitable sized interdental brush.
- Between front teeth, you should use a finer brush.
- For larger spaces which are near the back of the mouth, a large headed brush should be used.