The importance of properly selecting and using an interproximal brush.
When interdental spaces are open, it is advisable to use interproximal brushes to effectively remove the biofilm, or bacterial plaque, from between teeth.
It is important to keep in mind the following parameters in order to choose the interproximal brush that is best for you:
• Space or size between teeth (PHD: Passage Hole Diameter)
• Number of sites in which to use an interproximal brush
• Area in which the sites are located (front of the mouth: incisors and canines / back of mouth: premolars and molars)
If you are unaware of the PHD for each interproximal space, it is advisable to choose the smallest size at first (Interprox® nano 0.6 or Interprox® Plus nano 0.6) and gradually increase the size if the brush fits too loosely. If different sites need cleaning, it is wise to use different interproximal brushes depending on the size of each of the spaces.
For frontal areas, interproximal brushes with a straight handle are recommended, such as the Inteprox® brush range. For areas in the back of the mouth, including molars and premolars, brushes with a slanted handle (Interprox® Plus and Inteprorx® Access) will help you to carry out effective interproximal cleaning.
Although, the new and improved Interprox® brushes, whose handle and neck and flexible free of memory effect, can easily fit spaces in the front and in the back of the oral cavity, which is quite helpful when interdental spaces are the same size in different parts of the mouth.
For correct use of an interproximal brush, follow these steps:
Choose the right brush size for each interproximal space. Insert the brush perpendicularly and loosely into the interproximal space; it is important that the filaments and not the wire are what actually touch teeth.1
Move the brush in and out without turning it2
It is advisable to softly repeat this movement several times over the gingival sulcus (margin between teeth and gums).3
For interprox® brushes with a flexible neck and handle, bend the neck (not the wire) and/or the body of the brush to form the best angle.4
For more in-depth cleaning, place a drop of Interprox® gel on the brush. Its unique composition and specific properties allow it to penetrate quickly into the interproximal space preventing inflammation of the gums and tooth decay while reducing gingival bleeding.