With regular dental check-ups and hygienist services, a better idea of diet and a good regular oral hygiene routine more people than ever before are able to keep their teeth strong and healthy, maintaining a full set of teeth into old age.
Even with regular brushing it is important to attend regular hygienist appointments so that teeth can be thoroughly cleaned and polished and any tartar build-up professionally removed.
It can be easy to forget about those areas in your mouth that are particularly hard to reach. Many of us have small gaps between our teeth, and unfortunately these can get missed when we brush our teeth. This often results in a build-up of plaque which can damage our gums and teeth without us even knowing, until it’s too late.
There are a variety of items available to help with our ‘interdental’ cleaning. Most of us have heard of dental floss, which is very useful for cleaning between teeth. However, it doesn’t remove bacteria from the gum line.
Other interdental appliances such as single tuft toothbrushes, dental sticks, rubber tip stimulators and irrigation devices are ideal for reaching those difficult spots and helping to remove bacteria before it causes any major issues. Your dentist will be able to advise which appliance would be the best option for your teeth.
Interdental toothbrushes are available in different sizes. You may require a range of sizes for different teeth in your mouth. Never force the brush. It should fit snugly, ensuring that you reach all sides of the interdental space.
You do not need to scrub between teeth. The action of moving the brush backwards and forwards once or twice is enough.
Remember to use your interdental brushes every time you clean your teeth.
It is very common for you to experience bleeding when you first start using interdental brushes. Don’t worry, this is quite normal and is due to the movement of bacteria from the gums. The bleeding will stop after a few days when your gums become healthier.
Please contact us today for more information or advice on interdental brushes, or if you would like to book a check up appointment with your dentist or hygienist.
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