Interdental Brushes for Brushing Between the Teeth
- Brush within twenty minutes after every meal and snack, and before going to bed. Ideally, brush for at least two minutes.
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a tapered brush head for good access to small areas and to the back of the mouth. Change it when the bristles are worn.
- Brush in the same order every time; a good rule is to start brushing where your problem areas are. Start with the back teeth - they are normally neglected and so get the most decay. Focus on the inside, outside, and top of each tooth at a time. Then focus on problem teeth and teeth with fillings and crowns. Finally, finish with the front teeth.
- As you brush, you will remove food particles, plague (a sticky film you cannot see), and tarter (a hard buildup from material that sticks to the plague).
- As shown below, hold the toothbrush at a 45° angle so the bristles reach the gum line. Brush with light pressure using small movements.
Finally, floss your teeth at least once a day! Interdental brushes work well too - and are handy for times when you can't brush.
Did you know that toothbrushing cleans only 60% of the tooth surfaces? The areas in between the teeth can't be reached with a toothbrush, but are subject most decay.
- A waterpic helps initially to remove most food particles, but cannot remove plague or tarter.
- Use floss or interdental brushes to finish the job - do this at least once every day!
- Carry interdental brushes with you for those times you cannot use a toothbrush.
Special toothbrushes are helpful when cleaning braces and dental implants, here are some ideas.
Brushing Problem Teeth, Braces and Implants