07 Jun Why interdental cleaning is so important ?
Are you concerned about the health of your mouth?
Maintaining a healthy and sparkling smile is possible by brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Additionally, the cleaning of your interdental spaces ensures that your mouth will be healthier overall.
What are the reasons inter-dental cleaning is needed?
It is well known that plaque builds up between the spaces of your teeth, which toothbrushes can’t reach. As a result, you could develop problems like tooth decay, gingivitis, and even bad breath over time. By brushing your teeth regularly, you can avoid this to happen. Inter-dental brushing is a good way to prevent that from happening.
What is inter-dental brushing?
This is a new concept in terms of oral hygiene, with an interdental brush, you are able to brush the spaces between your teeth that are not accessible by your regular toothbrush. Brushing your teeth twice on a daily basis by using an inter-dental brush, aside from your regular toothbrush, is an effective way to keep your gums and teeth healthy and prevent gum diseases.
Cleaning between your teeth may cause your gums to bleed and feel sore, but if there is no improvement after a few days, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist. In most cases, gingivitis is characterized by bleeding gums.
Since inter-dental brushing comes in a variety of sizes, it is so hard to decide the one that is best suited for you. That is why it is always a good idea to seek advice from your dentist.
Here are some tips that you can consider before you started.
- As you see your face in the mirror, run the brush between your teeth, and close to your gum line. Work up from the smallest size brush up to the point that the bristles are in contact with your gum line and tooth surface. Brushes should fit snugly, but the wire should not touch the gums or teeth since it is plastic-coated. Avoid forcing the brush into gaps.
- Once the interdental brush is fully inserted, make sure to rotate it back and forth two or three times. Maintain daily oral hygiene by cleaning all interdental spaces. Depending on your interdental spaces, you may need two to three brushes or a combination of two or three brushes and floss.
How should interdental brushes be used?
In order to obtain the best results from interdental cleaning, the right technique is important. In general, it is quite simple to use and you will get into the habit of using it, once you get familiar with it,
- Brush between the front teeth gently with a straight interdental brush. When brushing between gaps, you should not force it, but rather work gently or choose a smaller brush size. Brush your teeth back and forth several times with the interdental brush.
- For cleaning the back teeth, bend the soft neck slightly and use a small interdental brush. You can use your finger to help you reach your back teeth, otherwise, you can also get an interdental brush with a longer handle.
- By slightly bending the wire of a larger brush, gives better access to the back teeth. You’ll be able to make the brush use a little longer by not bending it at an angle or hold it straight.