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The Importance of Inter-Dental Brushing

Friday, July 22nd, 2016


Most people are aware of the benefits of regular brushing, but have you ever heard of inter-dental brushing? This effective oral hygiene technique targets the cracks between the teeth to reduce the risk of dental disease and keep your teeth looking white and clean.

About inter-dental brushing

Inter-dental brushing is used to brush between the teeth. You may have noticed that it’s particularly hard to clean these areas with a normal toothbrush and they can be prone to staining and plaque build-up. Inter-dental brushes are specially designed to target these areas. They are much smaller than normal toothbrushes and they are flexible, so you can bend them to get right into the gaps.

Ideally, you should try to include inter-dental brushing in your oral hygiene regime on a daily basis.

Why is inter-dental brushing important?

Inter-dental brushing is a means of cleaning areas of the mouth that are commonly missed when cleaning the teeth and this helps to reduce the risk of decay and gum disease. If you aren’t able to clean properly, there is a risk that plaque will form. Plaque is a sticky substance that comprises of bacteria, food particles and saliva. When they feed, the bacteria in plaque release acids and these erode the enamel, increasing the risk of decay and irritating the gums. Poor oral health does not just increase the risk of pain and other unpleasant symptoms, such as swelling and irritation, it can also increase your risk of general health problems.

Help with inter-dental brushing

If you need help with inter-dental brushing or you would like to find out more, our dentists and hygienists will be happy to help. There are various different sizes available and your dentist or hygienist can show you how to use the brush effectively.

Getting between the gaps in Central Leeds

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

One of the greatest threats to the health of your mouth in central Leeds is the build-up of bacteria in the mouth that can quickly lead to plaque forming. Most bacteria come from incorrect oral hygiene that has allowed foodstuffs to remain in the mouth for periods of time- normally between the teeth.

However, this has been quickly recognised and jumped upon by the dental industry that has come up with the answers to the problem- inter-dental cleaning. It is designed to get to places normal brushing won’t reach- between the teeth and in-and-around the gums.

The most obvious product is dental floss which you can work between the teeth in order to remove. Inter-dental brushes are excellent for removing food at the top of the teeth where the gums meet. Also on the market right now is a water jet brush that fires water below the gum line to remove trapped food as you brush. Of course, this might not be an option if you are out and about, but with a mouth-wash and a good old fashioned tooth pick, you can at least try to get the job done until you get home!