Many people think that flossing is the be-all and end-all of oral care. While flossing is important, there is another step that can be even more effective in preventing gum disease and keeping your smile healthy: interdental brushing.
Interdental brushes are small, hand-held brushes that can be used to clean the spaces between your teeth. They are much more effective than floss in removing plaque and bacteria from these difficult-to-reach areas.
In fact, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology found that interdental brushing was more effective than flossing in reducing periodontal pocket depth, bleeding on probing, and gingival inflammation.
How To Use An Interdental Brush
Interdental brushing is easy once you get the hang of it. First, choose a brush that is the right size for the space between your teeth. Too large of a brush will be uncomfortable to use and may damage your gums, while too small of a brush will be ineffective.
Once you have the right brush, simply insert it into the space between your teeth and move it back and forth until the bristles have gone all the way around each tooth. Be sure to brush gently so as not to damage your gums.
If you find interdental brushing to be difficult or uncomfortable, there are a few things you can do to make it easier.
First, try using a water flosser with an interdental attachment.
Second, consider switching to an electric toothbrush with an interdental head.
And lastly, see your dentist or hygienist for help – they may be able to recommend specific products or techniques that will make interdental brushing easier for you.
Interdental brushing is an important part of oral care that is often overlooked. If you are not currently using an interdental brush, we encourage you to give it a try!
Not only is interdental brushing more effective than flossing at preventing gum disease, but it can also help keep your smile looking its best.