Sometimes, flossing is just not for us, which prompts us to look for alternatives to clean between our teeth, that is where interdental brushes come in. And through different studies, it has been shown how flossing habits in the general population are lacking. In short words, we are all not flossing, which is bad for our oral health!
With the amount of dental products out in the market, it was obvious an alternative would appear sooner or later. With this article we wish to make the interdental brush a bit more known. If this is still not your thing, Los Algodones dentists also recommend the dental pick as an alternative.
What are they
Interdental brushes are small brushes, but not quite what you use for regularly brushing your teeth. It is more of a wire with bristles attached to it, so that it is thin enough to go in between your teeth.
The interdental brush is an amazing flossing alternative, as it is safe to use daily and studies suggest that it is better than flossing at interdental cleaning. You just need to hold the handle and clean between your teeth, then rise the plaque away! It is that easy.
Also, it is worth mentioning that when comparing manual interdental devices to those automated, the manual ones generally perform better.
What do I have to know before picking an interdental brush?
These interdental brushes come in different sizes and shapes, as the space between teeth can vary from mouth to mouth. Of course, you want to choose the ones that feel the more comfortable in your mouth. Furthermore, in some cases you might want to choose one for the front and another one for the back teeth.
Ideally, you can get yourself more than one interdental brush if you see gaps of different sizes in your teeth. Having different sizes can greatly improve the effectiveness depending on how healthy are your gums.
Taking care of the interdental brush
This is a very common question whenever first timers are pondering the idea of getting one. The answer is just the same as you would take care of a toothbrush, just without the toothpaste! It just takes a little bit more of care as you have to rinse it constantly.
In order to leave that clear, we will leave these tips here for you:
- These mini brushes can be used many times just like a toothbrush.
- Once the bristles are worn out, they are ought to be replaced.
- Likewise, if the wire that has the bristles gets bent, it should be replaced as well.
- Make sure to rinse the interdental brush after going through each tooth.
Who would benefit the most out of these?
Ideally, everybody who finds that flossing is a tad too difficult will benefit greatly from the interdental brush.
- People not fond at the idea of dental floss: Some people have tried dental floss and it just turns into a no-no for them. Flossing can difficult, even more so if the person feels outright uncomfortable about it and if they cannot get it right. Also if the space between their teeth is also too much for the floss to be effective.
- People who wear braces: Since flossing requires to move a string up and down the gaps between your teeth, it is impossible for people with braces. Braces are connected together, so for the dental floss is downright impossible to do a proper job. That is where the interdental brush comes in, also helping cleaning the edge of the brackets.
- People with limited mobility: Some people suffer from joint or any problem that may make them unable to perform the necessary motions to floss their teeth. This is especially useful with old people, too, as they are able to reach the back teeth as well.