Even with regular brushing, your toothbrush will only clean the front, back and biting surfaces of the teeth, so food and plaque can still build up in the gaps between your teeth.
It is important to remove this regularly or it can start to irritate the gums and contribute to the development of gum disease, cavities or bad breath. We recommend you clean between your teeth once a day, either in the morning or evening.
There are several ways to keep those hard to reach spaces clean including:
Interdental brushes – these brushes come in different sizes because the gaps between teeth vary. You should follow your dentist or hygienist’s advice about how to use these and which sizes are appropriate. You should not force the brush into the space but it should fit snugly.
Floss or dental tape – these come in different widths and are used to clean between the teeth and below the gum line. It is best to use a gentle rocking motion to guide the floss between the teeth and use a fresh section for each gap.
Dental sticks – these are made from wood or plastic and have pointed ends for quick and easy cleaning.
Oral irrigation devices – these use a pressurised jet of water to remove plaque and other debris from the teeth. They can be particularly useful if you wear a brace or have a fixed bridge.
Don’t be put off if your gums bleed when you clean between your teeth. Regular cleaning, using the correct technique, can help improve your gum health and any bleeding should eventually subside.
What is endodontics?
Endodontics is also better known as Root Canal Treatment. Root Canal Treatment becomes necessary when the nerve of a tooth becomes irreversibly damaged, and therefore has to be surgically removed.
Periodontal disease affects the gums, bone and other supporting tissues of the teeth. Most individuals suffer gum inflammation from time to time, around 10% of the population appear to suffer from the more severe forms.