Posted on Nov 12, 2019
While flossing is a vital part of preventing and fighting gum disease and periodontitis, it may not be the most effective method. Experts have started recommending adding a new tool to your dental hygiene routine; the interdental brush! This brush is also known as a proxy, spiral, or interproximal brush.
Interdental brushes are thin, cone-shaped brushes with small heads and short bristles held together by wire. These brushes are made to be inserted gently in between teeth. Most brushes have 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 thoroughly rinsed off with hot water 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 proven! Here at Endodontic Specialists, we know that keeping your gum tissue healthy is an important part of any oral hygiene routine. To make an appointment at our endodontist’s office, please contact one of our offices in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado.