Why is cleaning between your teeth important?
Cleaning between your teeth is an essential part of maintaining good oral hygiene. While brushing your teeth twice a day is important, it doesn't effectively remove plaque and food particles from the spaces between your teeth. Neglecting to clean between your teeth can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath.
Using interdental cleaning tools can prevent dental plaque
Dental plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on and between your teeth. It must be removed regularly, or it can cause gum inflammation, cavities and bad breath. The area in between the teeth is difficult to reach with a toothbrush and an interdental product is recommended to use in these areas.
When you start cleaning between your teeth, your gums can feel sore and bleed but don't stop since bleeding gums are often a sign of gum inflammation. If you don’t notice an improvement within a few days, contact your dental professional
Choose the right interdental cleaning tool that suits your needs:
There are several ways of cleaning between your teeth, depending on the size of your gaps and what you prefer yourself.
In large gaps the most effective method is to use an interdental brush. An interdental brush is the most efficient tool to keep your teeth healthy and prevent gum inflammation and cavities.
Toothpicks - TePe Easypick:
TePe Easypick is an easy and efficient option for cleaning between your teeth (It is convenient to bring along and use on-the-go).
Dental floss can be effective and is often a good option in the late teens when the spaces between the teeth are usually very tight or small.
A preloaded floss holder, TePe Miniflosser, is an easier way of flossing.
TePe also offers a gel with chlorhexidine and fluoride for inflamed gums, to reduce the risk of cavities and help protect sensitive root surfaces.
What are interdental brushes?
Interdental brushes are small, thin brushes specifically designed to clean the spaces between your teeth. They have a small, narrow head with bristles that can easily reach those hard-to-reach areas. Interdental brushes come in various sizes to accommodate different gaps between teeth.
How to choose the right interdental brush size?
It's important to choose the right size interdental brush for your teeth. Using a brush that is too small won't effectively clean the spaces, while using a brush that is too big may cause discomfort or even damage your gums. Consult with your dentist to determine the appropriate size for your teeth.
Step-by-step guide to cleaning between your teeth with interdental brushes:
1. Start by selecting the appropriate size interdental brush for your teeth.
2. Gently insert the brush into the space between your teeth, using a back-and-forth motion.
3. Move the brush along the gum line, making sure to clean both sides of the teeth.
4. Repeat this process for each space between your teeth, using a clean section of the brush for each gap.
5. Rinse the brush under running water to remove any debris and bacteria.
6. Store the interdental brush in a clean, dry place for future use.
Additional tips for effective interdental cleaning:
- Be gentle while using interdental brushes to avoid injuring your gums.
- Use interdental brushes at least once a day, preferably before bedtime.
- If you experience bleeding or discomfort while using interdental brushes, consult your dentist.
- Regularly replace interdental brushes when the bristles become worn or frayed.
The benefits of using interdental brushes:
- Removes plaque and food particles from between your teeth.
- Helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
- Reduces the risk of bad breath.
- Improves overall oral hygiene.
By incorporating Interdental brushes into your daily oral care routine, you can ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy and clean. Remember, regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings are also crucial for maintaining optimal oral health.