Getting To Know The Interdental Toothbrush

This special toothbrush is becoming more and more popular everyday. Not only are more people aware of it’s existence, but more people are making use of it as well. It basically looks like a miniature version of a cup brush use din bars to clean long cups and pint glasses, and it serves more or less the same function, too. After all, interdental toothbrushes are used to clean hard to reach surfaces too.


The interdental toothbrush was thrown on to the market in the 90s, and many people started using it in the USA. In Europe, the tool does not have a long standing tradition. Many people in Europe do not know that just brushing your teeth is not enough to keep them healthy, for example. Inadequate cleaning habits lead to tooth decay and plaque formation, which is terrible.

To clean between teeth, you need to get dental floss or an interdental toothbrush. Floss should only be used if you can use it properly, otherwise, you will just place the bacteria on different teeth, causing more harm than good. Floss can get in very tiny cracks, but the interdental toothbrush is more thorough.

What is it good for?

Everybody has gaps between their teeth, and that is why everyone should clean them as well, even if you have a perfectly straight row of teeth. If you have crowding of your teeth, you should use dental floss, as that can get in everywhere.


If you have dental crowns or bridges, you need to be especially thorough in cleaning your gaps. The meeting point between a crown and the gum line is one of the favorite places for bacteria to live and breed in, and the other one is underneath a bridge. if you want to prevent periodontitis in these places, floss them thoroughly, or use an interdental toothbrush.

If you have just gotten your dental implant, it is vital that you clean thoroughly, or else you may find that you need to get a new one fairly quickly. With proper oral care, however, dental implants are good for decades.

Proper Usage

Interdental toothbrushes come in many different sizes and shapes. Make sure that you get one that fits tightly between the gaps of your teeth, as this is how it can clean effectively. You should not need to force it, if the toothbrush does not fit at once into the gap, you should look for a smaller one instead, or if there is none available, try your luck with some dental floss. Do not despair if at first the toothbrush feels weird, you need to get used to it. If your gums bleed from use, it can be a result of improper technique, but it can also be a sign of gum disease.


Gently place the bristles of the toothbrush in the tooth gap, and try to bring it all the way down, vertically. If it works with ease, proceed to clean your teeth on the top jaw from the top to the bottom, and from the bottom to the top on the bottom jaw. The idea is to move away from your gum. You may find that you cannot do this with all teeth, and the toothbrush gets stuck in certain gaps. Try and clean the gap horizontally as well, but do not rub too hard. once you are done, wash your toothbrush. The head needs to be changed every  week or other week latest of all, or once the bristles are sticking out all over the place. If you have any doubts or questions as to the proper usage of this item, there are great reliable youtube videos on the subject.

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