An interdental brush is a small brush, typically designed with a small, angled handle and a tiny bristle-filled head. It is specifically designed to clean the gaps between your teeth (interdental spaces) that may not be reached by regular toothbrushes.
It works by being gently inserted between the teeth and moved back and forth, helping to remove plaque and food debris that may have been missed during brushing or flossing.
It can be particularly useful for people with braces, crowns, bridges, or larger gaps between their teeth, as it allows for more thorough cleaning in these difficult-to-reach areas.
Select an interdental brush of appropriate size for your teeth gaps. The brush should fit snugly between your teeth, but not be too tight or too loose.
Hold the brush at an angle aligning with the gap between your teeth. Insert it gently between two teeth without forcing it in.
Move the brush back and forth gently to clean the gap, removing plaque and trapped food particles.
Rinse the brush under running water after using it in each gap to remove debris.
Ideally, you should use an interdental brush once a day. This can be part of your nighttime oral hygiene routine to ensure that all the food particles and plaque accumulated during the day are removed.
Some people may be advised to use it more often, particularly if they have gum disease, braces, or dental implants.
It's always best to follow the advice of your dental professional.
Interdental brushes can reach areas a traditional toothbrush can't, providing a more thorough clean.
Regular use can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay by removing plaque and food particles.
They can be especially beneficial for individuals with braces or dental restorations (like bridges or implants).
They can help to prevent bad breath by removing hidden food particles that can cause unpleasant odours.
Incorrect use of interdental brushes can potentially cause harm. For example, if the brush is too big for the gap between your teeth, it could cause abrasion or discomfort.
Always use the brush gently to avoid injuring your gums. If you feel discomfort or notice any bleeding, stop using it and consult your dentist.
Interdental brushes should not damage your teeth if used properly. It's important to select the correct size and not to apply too much force.
The correct size of interdental brush should fit snugly into the gap between your teeth without being forced. It should be large enough to clean the space efficiently but small enough not to cause discomfort or damage.
You may need to use different sizes for different gaps in your teeth. Your dentist or dental hygienist can guide you in selecting the correct sizes.
We provide variety of sizes, colour-coded for convenience. You could start with the smallest size and work your way up until you find the size that fits best.
Yes, you can use an interdental brush with braces, crowns, and implants. In fact, it can be especially beneficial as it can effectively clean around brackets, wires, and under dental restorations where a regular toothbrush might struggle to reach.
As always, it's important to use it gently to avoid causing any damage to these dental appliances and restorations.
After each use, rinse your interdental brush thoroughly under running water to remove any plaque or food debris.
Once cleaned, shake off any excess water and store it in a clean, dry place. Avoid covering it immediately after use to allow it to dry and prevent bacterial growth.
Do not share your interdental brushes with others as this can spread bacteria and potentially lead to infections.
You should replace your interdental brushes when the bristles start to become worn or splayed, or after a week of use, whichever comes first.
If the wire core becomes exposed or bent, it's time to replace the brush as it might damage your teeth or gums.
Regular replacement ensures the brush remains effective at cleaning and reduces the risk of bacterial build-up on the brush.