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The proper use of interdental brushes.

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Interdental brushes are a cheap but effective way of protecting yourself from the ravages of gum disease. Read on to find out how they work – and how to choose a size that suits you best.

At MyDental, our patients take a great sense of pride in their oral health and hygiene, and will go to enormous lengths to protect their winning smiles.


They invest time on their daily oral routine, and also dip into their pockets if needs be. A typical root canal cost, for example, is something that they’ll happily face up to – provided they’re confident it’s the right thing to do to protect their confident smile.


But paying the root canal treatment cost makes no sense unless they keep gum disease and plaque at bay on an everyday basis.


And one of the most effective tools to help them do so is the humble interdental brush. Many types of small brushes have been designed to help you reach into those hard-to-get-at areas, and the sort of modern interdental brush that you can pick up in any chemist’s will do a very good job – if used regularly.


Thy are particularly effective if you have large gaps in between your teeth - various types of small and angled brushes have been designed and are marketed for brushing in-between the teeth in those hard to reach places. They are invaluable if you have larger gaps between your teeth – or if you tend to be prone to gum disease.

Gum disease can lead to loss of supporting bone mass around your teeth. Your gums then start to recede, which means that there are large spaces between your teeth – but not so large that they’re easy to get at.


These spaces can be a veritable haven for plaque, which makes things even worse. It’s a vicious circle, and one that you need to break.


Use of these pint-sized interdental brushes is almost as important as brushing your teeth – particularly if you have a history of gum disease. So make a resolution right now that using your interdental brush will become just as automatic to you each day as using your normal toothbrush.


And don’t be tempted tot think that you should stop using the interdental brush when you have the situation under control. It’s a habit for life, and one that will pay you back many times over in a healthier and more hygienic set of teeth and gums.


If you’re new to the interdental brush, you may find some spots of blood during the first few days. This is normal and should not put you off. The gums can be inflamed if you have gum disease, and because of this, they bleed easily – especially if you use the interdental brush overl-vigourously.

As a general rule, your mouth is only really free of the dreaded plaque when you’ve had a thorough cleaning from your dentist. But that doesn’t mean that you should cease the battle, as every little helps when keeping plaque at bay.

So do the maths for yourself. The typical root canal cost would keep you in interdental brushes for years – so don’t skimp on this essential part of your dental routine.

And if paying the root canal treatment cost makes sense, then surely shelling out a few Euros every now and then on interdental brushes makes equal sense

 no sense unless they keep gum disease and plaque at bay on an everyday basis.