Oral hygiene is one of the most important facets of our lives that we sometimes tend to neglect. Today, as more and more people are suffering from both tooth and gum problems, dentists are becoming more aggressive in their campaign to increase oral health awareness. One of them being, letting the public know that mere tooth brushing is not enough. That, for one to achieve healthy teeth and gums, one must also use floss—either string or water—and interdental brushes, as they are more effective to remove food and plaque especially in hard-to-reach places.
Do you want to maintain your perfect teeth and gums? If so, then consider using interdental brushes and start making it a habit! Here are tips to learn how to use it.
- Get a brush. There are many types of interdental brushes available in the market today. They also come in myriad of colors and sizes. Find the appropriate brush for your teeth structure. Keep in mind that to achieve optimum results, you need to use more than one size. As a good rule of thumb, use a brush with a fine tip when cleaning the front teeth and save the brush with a large tip for the teeth at the back.
- When to brush. Ideally, it is advisable to use interdental brushes three times a day or every after meal. You may use it as a prelude to regular tooth brushing or you may do it right after.
- How to use. Read the steps below to know how to use your interdental brushes.
- After eating, gargle with water to remove food bits that may have remained.
- Start cleaning by using the brush intended for the front teeth. Take your brush and dip it in your toothpaste.
- Gently insert the tip between the spaces of the teeth and make twisting motions up and down to remove dirt. Take brush out carefully as well. Rinse brush constantly in running water. You may or may not dip brush in toothpaste again. Repeat procedure until the upper and lower rows have been cleaned.
- Feel free to spit and gargle at any time.
- Next, focus on the teeth situated at the back. For this, switch to the brush with a larger tip. Bend the tip according to the curve of your cheek, somewhat resembling the shape of a banana. Dip brush in toothpaste before cleaning. Follow same procedures above. Pay special attention to your molar teeth, as this is where plaque usually takes form. Clean gently so you will not scrape your gums. Rinse brush and gargle at any time.
- When done, rinse both interdental brushes well and keep in a cool and dry place.
- Gargle with mouthwash to clean mouth further. You may or may not brush your teeth with a regular toothbrush after.
- If bleeding in the gum occurs, gargle with water and apply pressure. Be careful not to poke it again on your next brush. Consider using a different size as well and find one that will fit just right.
And there you have it! Simple steps to follow in using interdental
brushes! Just remember to change brushes every two weeks as the
bristles will wear eventually. Kiss poor dental hygiene goodbye and say
hello to beautiful and healthy teeth!