Interdental cleaning removes plaque and bacteria that cannot be reached with tooth brushing alone. If you don’t regularly clean between your teeth you are missing more than one-third of your tooth surfaces, this allows plaque to build up.
Clean between your teeth at least once a day, either with dental floss or tape, interdental brushes or an electric water flosser, to ensure that plaque never gets the chance to harden into tartar.
- Hold the interdental brush between your thumb and forefinger. Gently place the brush through the gap between your teeth.
- Do not force the brush head through the gap. If the brush splays or bends then it is too big – a smaller brush head will be needed.
- Interdental brushes come in various sizes. It may be helpful to ask your dentist or hygienist to show you the correct sizes for your mouth.