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Interdental Cleaning

If you set aside some time each day when you are not too tired or rushed to familiarise yourself with the cleaning technique, it will become quicker when it becomes a habit. Gums will bleed initially with use and it may be tender but this will pass as you clean away the plaque and debris at the infected site.

Use interdental brushes once a day and before you use your regular toothbrush. Avoid the use of toothpaste and antiseptics on the interdental brushes.

Line the brushes in sizes and begin with the largest first and move down to the smallest in turn so that all areas achieve a close fit and optimum clean.

Curving the brush head will help you to prevent catching the inside of your gum and reach deeper into the pockets.

Start at the upper space at the back of the mouth, if you are right handed start on the right side with the teeth only slightly apart.

For secondary prevention we recommend long stem interdental brushes without a handle to avoid crumpling.

Hold the bristle end at the tip (like holding a pen). Ease gently but firmly between the teeth slightly compressing any spongy gum. Holding the bristles gives improved grip and patients with poor dexterity or big fingers may get better access from the palate for some posterior teeth.

Wiggle the brush through to the inside until almost all the bristles have gone between the teeth and wiggle out again.

Do not scrub back and forth as this is not needed if the fit is snug.