Interproximal brushing

This is another name for the interdental brush: this is a special type of toothbrush which is used to clean between the teeth and the area around a dental brace.

The difference between an interdental brush and standard toothbrushes is the size and shape. An interdental brush is smaller and angled in such a way so that it is easy for it to clean between the teeth.

Interproximal brushing is an alternative to flossing.

What does an interproximal brush look like?

These are very often triangular or ‘bottle shaped’ and is much smaller than a conventional toothbrush. They are half the size of a normal toothbrush and are ideal for cleaning between the teeth.

The areas between the teeth are prone to food deposits, plaque and tartar, which if they come into contact with bacteria can lead to tooth decay. If this spreads to the gums then it can result in conditions such as gingivitis or periodontitis.

These mini brushes are ideal for people who wear a brace, have undergone a dental implant or who wear a bridge.

The interdental brush can also be used on removable dentures. If you wear dentures and have to take these out each night for cleaning then use this type of brush to remove any hard to reach food particles.

What do they protect against?

They not only clean the teeth but help to protect them against teeth sensitivity, gum disease, bad breath and other dental conditions.

An interproximal brush can be used on your natural teeth or dentures, crowns, bridges, braces and implants.

Many of these brushes have an added benefit in the form of a medication which helps to protect the teeth against tooth decay and gum disease.

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