Every one of us cannot deny the importance of consistent tooth brushing and flossing in maintaining our dental health. It’s something we’ve all been taught to prioritize from an early age. Regardless of that, quality oral hygiene helps to fight against tooth decay and gum infection. However, it has been observed that a larger percentage of people brush more compared to flossing.
Why? Often, it is because of the lack of technical know-how in handling floss, or at times, it might be due to interference from braces or partial dentures. Perhaps, maybe, because the habit was never cultivated. Either way, efficient cleaning of the interdental areas is essential.
Over the years, the use of fluoride-based toothpaste has been proven to help fight the build-up of plaque on the surface of one’s teeth, which in turn, prevents decay. However, these toothbrushes are limited; in that, there are little areas between our teeth that is not easily accessed – tiny crevices that connect the tooth with the gum. Unfortunately, it is those inaccessible areas that mostly breed bacteria-causing decay. This is the reason for the eventual necessity of instruments such as “interdental cleaners.”
Interdental cleaners vary in types and sizes. Common among them are the special brushes and irrigation devices. However as essential as they are, they shouldn’t be used as a replacement for a toothbrush or floss. Therefore, you can include them into your regular oral hygiene routine by periodically employing these cleaners to help prevent gum infections and decay.
The Interdental Brush
These brushes are specially created to penetrate those little gaps between the teeth, especially around braces, wires, or other fixed dental treatment. They can also be referred to as interproximal or proxabrush. It is advantageous in that there is no particular skill required to handle the brush; besides, it has a long handle too.
Various clinical studies have reaffirmed the ability of these brushes in eliminating plaque and regulating gingivitis.
The surface of the interdental brush looks like a small, conical pipe with short bristles that emanates from a thin central wire. It is tiny and can have its way through small spaces. They come in various wire types (coated and uncoated) with varying widths to suit an individual’s dental structure. In some cases, they can also be utilized to administer antibacterial substances to some specific regions of the teeth or gums.
Oral Irrigation Interdental Devices
They are also referred to as water jets or water picks and have been in existence for over 50 years. Although it has witnessed dwindling popularity in the market over the years, studies continue to prove its efficacy in diluting acids that are produced by plaques.
They function by making use of steady jets of water under pressure, to eliminate food particles from very tiny interdental areas, as well as gum regions.
While regular brushing and flossing remain the pivotal rule for proper oral health, implementing these interdental devices can help safeguard your teeth from plaques and decay.