Benefits of Interdental Brushing

Main Content

Benefits of Interdental Brushing

Mouth with braces and interdental toothbrushWe all know how important flossing is to the prevention of gum disease and gingivitis. But interdental brushing can be an even better tool in the fight against gum disease. Interdental brushes brush away the plaque and food debris that build up in between the teeth. If not removed, this plaque will harden into tartar and begin to irritate and infect the gum tissue, causing gum disease and gingivitis.

If you have a history of gum disease problems, we suggest incorporating an interdental brush into your daily at-home oral healthcare routine.

Interdental Brushes

Interdental brushes are a lot like toothbrushes, but instead of the traditional toothbrush bristles, interdental brushes have small bristled heads on the tip. This tip is able to clean between the teeth even better than floss. Interdental brushes can be found at any store that sells toothbrushes and toothpaste and they come in many different sizes to fit the size of gaps between your teeth. You may require a few differently sized interdental brushes for the front teeth and the back molars.

Using an Interdental Brush

Below are a few tips on using your interdental brush:

  • Use the right size of brush, otherwise, you may cause damage to your gum tissue.
  • Don’t force your interdental brush between the teeth. It should fit gently between the teeth and if not, you may not have the right size of brush.
  • Work in a pattern throughout the mouth, making sure you don’t miss any spaces between the teeth.

It’s normal for the gum tissue to become tender or even to bleed when you first begin using an interdental brush. As the gum tissue becomes tougher, this tenderness and bleeding will cease.

For more information on interdental brushing and your orthodontic treatment, please contact Kuhni Orthodontic Studio. Our Spanish Fork, Mapleton, and Springville orthodontist caters to patients of all ages!

Posted by

Share:

Archives

Dec 10, 2018, 10:12 PM
If you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment and planning on taking a holiday vacation, there are a few things you should do to…
Nov 26, 2018, 9:57 PM
As many as 80% of people have a type of naturally occurring fungi in their mouths. These fungi are known as candida albicans.…
Nov 12, 2018, 6:45 PM
We all know how important flossing is to the prevention of gum disease and gingivitis. But interdental brushing can be an…
Oct 22, 2018, 10:36 PM
We know that a diagnosis of oral cancer can be scary to hear, but most oral cancers are quite treatable if caught in the…
Oct 11, 2018, 6:19 PM
Even though orthodontia has increased in popularity, this increase hasn’t done much to dispel the common myths and…
  • Meet Dr. Kuhni

    Our Orthodontist
  • New Patients

    Mother & daughter
  • Treatments

    Girl with braces
  • Request Appointment

    Boy with braces

Arial image of our location

  • CONTACT US
    phone: 801.798.6000
    email: smile@kuhniortho.com
    948 N 200 E, Spanish Fork, UT 84660

    Contact Us
  • NEW PATIENTS
    We are accepting new patients! Achieve a healthy and beautiful smile for you and your family that offers confidence, long term health, and peace of mind.

    Learn More
  • REVIEWS
    Learn more about our orthodontic practice, Damon braces, traditional braces, and Invisalign® from our current and past patients that have left us a review.

    Read More