In the fight against gingivitis and periodontal disease, flossing and using an interdental brush are two of the best ways to ensure good gum health. While flossing is commonly used and talked about, interdental brushes are less popular, but just as effective if not more so.
An interdental brush has a handle similar to a toothbrush, but has a conical, bristled head on top. The size of the bristles will depend on the size of the spaces between your teeth. You may need several different brushes to fit between the front teeth and the back ones. You can find interdental brushes at your local pharmacy or anywhere else you can purchase oral healthcare products.
INTERDENTAL BRUSHING TIPS
Below are a few tips to keep in mind when using your interdental brush:
- Make sure you’re using the right size of brush for the gaps between your teeth. If you’re using too big a brush, you may cause damage to the gum tissue.
- Work around the whole mouth in a pattern. This will help to ensure that you don’t miss any spaces between the teeth.
- Lastly, be gentle with your gum tissue. Don’t force the brush into the spaces between the teeth, or you may damage your gums.
If you suffer from periodontal disease or for more information about how to keep your gum tissue healthy, please contact Littleton Implants and Periodontics. Our office is located here in Littleton, Colorado.