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What Is Interdental Brushing?

When it comes to preventing and fighting periodontal disease, it’s been found that flossing may not be the most effective method! In fact, the experts have recommended bringing a new tool to the front line on the fight against periodontal disease – the interdental brush (also known as the spiral, proxy, or interproximal brush)!

What is an interdental brush?

Interdental brushes are thin, cone-shaped brushes with a small head and short bristles held on by wire and are made to be inserted gently in between teeth. Most brushes have long handles similar to toothbrushes, while some have a short or specially shaped handle to make them easier to grip. Interdental brushes can be reused several times and should be rinsed off after going between each tooth. Just like a toothbrush, an interdental brush should be replaced when the bristles are worn or if the wire is bent.

Interdental brushes come in many different sizes, so it’s important to choose a size that can comfortably fit between your teeth without having to force it through. You may need to choose different sized brushes for both the front and back teeth, depending on the amount of space between each of your teeth.

The results of interdental brushes have been amazing to see! For information on how to incorporate this revolutionary new tooth into your oral hygiene habits, please contact Coastal Periodontics, located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015

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