In the fight to prevent gingivitis and gum disease, flossing may not be enough. If you’re prone to these diseases, you may want to take your gum care one step further. Periodontal experts have recommended a new tool to keep gum diseases at bay. This tool is known as an interdental brush, but may also be called a spiral, proxy, or interproximal brush.

What is an Interdental Brush?

An interdental brush is thin and cone-shaped. It has a small head and short bristles held in place by wires. Interdental brushes are made to be gently inserted between the teeth. Most interdental brushes have handles that are similar to a toothbrush, but others may have a specially shaped handle that makes them easier to grip. Interdental brushes can be reused several times, but we recommend rinsing them between uses. It’s also a good idea to rinse the brush several times as you use it in order to prevent spreading plaque or germs around.

You can find interdental brushes in many different sizes, so make sure you choose a size that can fit comfortably between your teeth. You don’t want to have to force an interdental brush between the teeth, as this can actually do more damage to the teeth. It’s possible that you may need different sized interdental brushes for the front teeth and the back teeth, depending on their size.

The results of using an interdental brush have been incredibly positive. For information on how to incorporate an interdental brush into your at-home oral hygiene routine, or for more tips on keeping your gum tissue healthy, please contact Durango Dentistry. Our office is located here in Durango, Colorado.