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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.

What Are The Alternatives To Flossing In The City of Leeds?

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

357249_blogFlossing is an important part of a good daily oral hygiene routine, but there are alternatives out there if you can’t get on with flossing or you would prefer to try different cleaning techniques.

We recommend flossing because it cleans areas of the mouth that can be missed when you brush; with a brush head, it’s very tricky to target the cracks between the teeth, for example, and this means that these areas become hot-spots for bacteria, which increases the risk of plaque formation.

Sometimes, it can be difficult to get the hang of flossing, as it can be fiddly; thankfully, there is an effective alternative out there.

About inter-dental brushing

Inter-dental brushing is a technique, which cleans the areas between the teeth. This technique involves using very small hand-held brushes and targeting the tiny gaps between the teeth. You simply guide the brush into the gap and then gently clean, removing any bacteria and food debris.

There are different sizes of inter-dental brush available and your dentist or dental hygienist can show you how to use them and explain how they could be of benefit to you.

Inter-dental brushing is often easier to manage than flossing and you can simply tag it onto the end of your normal brushing regime.

If you have any queries about oral hygiene techniques or you would like advice about how to achieve a deeper, more effective clean, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist next time you come in or give us a call!