Having a greater importance than one might initially think, an interdental brush (or an interproximal brush) can significantly lower the risks for many dental problems. Using a proxy brush, one can notice the spaces between the teeth become considerably cleaner. There are both long and short term positive effects of using interdental brushes. Here are the most important ones:
- A significantly lower interdental cavity occurrence, by achieving better hygiene of these areas: removing all the pieces of food and sugar leads to reducing local acidity. Used with dental floss, they are even more efficient.
- Better breathing and reducing of halitosis, that is more often than not the result of insufficiently cleaned interdental spaces.
- A better general control of your mouth hygiene, especially in those places that are so difficult to reach with a traditional toothbrush and even with dental floss.
Basically, proxy brushes are recommended to patients who have wider spaces between their teeth or to patients with dentures and dental bridges. However, the offer is various enough to find the perfect interdental brush to match your special requirements and meet your needs.
Types of interdental brushes
Most of these share the same principles: the head can be replaced after being used for several times, the handle has ergonomic shape, materials are similar to those used in classic toothbrush industry, etc. This is a list of the most common options you can find in pharmacies and supermarkets:
- With a classic handle, or to be hold between fingers. The first is recommended for regular, daily hygiene, while the second is intended for places truly difficult to reach, such as the end of a denture or certain parts of the molars.
- With a cylindrical or conic head. When choosing, you should consider the shape of your teeth. Irrespective of your choice, you mustn’t force the proxy brush in between your teeth.
- End-tufted brushes are meant to clean the interdental spaces close to your gums in order to further reduce the risk of tartar formation. The usage of these brushes ought to be gentle and they must be handled with extreme care, otherwise they can affect your gums.
- With a flexible handle, for better control.
- Proxy brushes claiming whitening effect, flavored interdental brushes, etc.