How to use interdental brushes?

It is easy to forget that each one of our teeth has five sides.  Using a toothbrush, we will only be able to clean three of these five sides. Therefore, we need to use tools like interdental brushes to clean our teeth completely. 

Interdental brushes are small brushes designed for thorough cleaning between teeth, around crowns, fillings, implants and braces. The brushes are bottle-shaped, which allows them to access places regular toothbrushes are not able to reach.

When to use interdental brushes?

Interdental brushes are a supplement to the daily oral care regimen and should not replace tools already used regularly, like toothbrushes. Using interdental brushes after meals or when brushing your teeth in the evening, you can prevent caries and gum inflammations. 

Further, if you have large spaces between your teeth, making it difficult to clean them  using dental flossers, an interdental brush is the right tool.

Proper techniques for cleaning between teeth

For the best effect when cleaning between teeth with interdental brush, use the following techniques:

  • Do not use toothpaste on the interdental brush unless your dentist has advised you to
  • From the front of the teeth, you lead the interdental brush in the spaces between your teeth 
  • Slowly move the brush in and out of the space, about 10 times. Rotating the brush while inside a space will have greater effect
  • Repeat this process on the back of your teeth

If the interdental brush does not glide straight through a space, you need a smaller brush.

Find the right sized brush

The Jordan Clinic Brush Between is available in five different sizes, so you can find just the right fit for your teeth spaces. Using brush which is too small will not clean your teeth properly However,  it is better to go down a size than to force bigger brush in between the teeth. 

It is also common to have multiple sizes available, as we often have different sized spaces  between different teeth. If you aren’t sure of which interdental brush suits your teeth best, you can get guidance from your dental hygienists or dentist.

 Also remember to switch the interdental brush when it starts to look worn out, to ensure continuous optimal effect.