How To Use Interdental Brushes
This series of videos goes through the 3 must-have tools to do the best job of cleaning your teeth!
Tool 3: Interdental Brushes / Piksters
Part 3 Video 1: When would I need to use an interdental brush?
Part 3 Video 2: How to use a Pikster brush!
Dentista Dental Centre Morley presents: How to Clean your teeth series
Descriptions and Transcripts
Tools for Teeth Cleaning Series Video 3 Part 1
Tools for Teeth CLeaning Series by Doctor Carla
Part 3 Interdental Brushes
Hi guys, Welcome to part 3 of our 3 part series on the best tools to keep your teeth clean. If you haven't checked out part 1, that was on tooth brushing... go check it out, and part 2 was
on flossing.. have a look at that as well. Part 3 is on interdental brushes.
What are interdental brushes? They are little kind of bottle brushes that we can use to clean between our teeth. Just like floss, they are a tool for cleaning between our teeth, which is a very difficult to reach area for the tooth brush.
Who would benefit from using interdental brushes?
These are really great tools for lots of people. for example if you have a dental implant... this is the best thing to use to clean between your tooth that has the implant. The reason for that, if you check out part 2 on flossing, is that if you floss around your implant, the little fibers from the floss can actually dislodge.. get stuck in the gum and cause inflammation around your implant. So, the safest thing to use to clean around an implant is an interdental brush. If you have an implant they are great to use.
If you have a dental bridge, which is where two teeth or more are connected, and the floss can't actually go between the teeth then the interdental brush is the perfect little toot to get in between and around your bridge.
If you have an implant... if you have a bridge... these are great.
Thirdly, if you are someone who often gets food stuck between your teeth and the floss just doesn't get it out, then interdental brushes are great for you as well. These are a lot broader than floss.. and the little bristles can spread out into all the little grooves and little irregularities in the sides of the teeth and clean out any plaque or food that is getting stuck between your teeth.
So if you have an implant, great.
if you have a bridge, great.
if food is getting stuck, great.
Also if you are someone who has experienced lots of fillings that have gone between your teeth... interdental brushes are also great for you. The reason for that is anywhere where you have a filling that goes between your tooth, that join line where the filling meets the tooth is never going to be completely smooth. There's always going to be a tiny little seam in there. The floss will just skip over that seam. Whereas the little brushes on the interdental brush will get right in there. I'll show you a little technique that going to prevent you getting anymore cavities between your teeth.
Lastly, interdental brushes are great for people who have gum disease.. which is known as periodontal disease or disease of the supporting structures of the teeth. The reason for that is that often when you have gum disease, the floss does not adequately clean the large space that is created between the teeth.. because again, floss is very thin, and is a great tool if your gums are nice and healthy. If your gums however, have been affected by gum disease, and the attachment of your gum to your tooth is not nice and tight anymore and you end up with larger gaps between your teeth, then these little brushes come in all shapes and sizes. These ones here are quite small. This one here is a bit bigger. You can get different sizes that suit exactly the size between your teeth. When you have experienced gum disease, and there is more of your tooth exposed, so more of a surface area between your tooth... its really important that you are able to clean off all that plaque because as we found out in parts 1 and part 2, plaque is what causes cavities in between your teeth and plaque is also what makes the gum disease not get better. So the more plaque you can remove, the better off your mouth is going to be.
Tools for Teeth Cleaning Series Video 3 Part 2
How to use Piksters
Tools for Teeth Cleaning Series by Doctor Carla
Part 3 Interdental Brushes, Part 2 How to use Piksters
How do you use an interdental brush?
The idea is that you want it to go between the teeth. The angle that you put it in is the same angle that you would use for a toothpick. At the front, we go straight on. As we go around, it gets more horizontal (text: Same angle as a toothpick). Don't try and get your back teeth like this (Dr Carla shows the incorrect technique of holding the interdental brush straight on for side teeth). You want to bring it right around (more horizontally) to the side.
The key things to using interdental toothbrushes are that the wire is very thin, so if it's not going.. don't force it, just adjust your angle (text: Adjust angle if it's not going in). Normally that's how to get it in further back. Once it's in you can give it a little jiggle around.
What you don't want to do is to force it if it's too large a brush for your gap or if it's just not working out. The other thing that you can do is for the back teeth, you can bend the brush a little bit so it's on an angle like this (close to perpendicular). This makes it easier to get into your back teeth.
A really great tip for you if you are someone who experiences lots of cavities between your teeth, or if you have a lot of fillings in between your teeth, or if you are someone who is experiencing reflux.. especially while you are sleeping and your teeth are very vulnerable to getting cavities, especially between your teeth if you have reflux, because the acid just sits in that little crevice between your teeth and the teeth are quite vulnerable overnight, is to dip your little interdental brush into a fluoride containing substance such as your toothpaste, or this product here, which is fantastic... it's called Tooth Mousse. This product isn't just with fluoride, which is one of the main components of making your teeth more resistant to plaque and acid and cavities, but this also the other building blocks of the tooth, such as calcium and phosphate in a very available form for your teeth to absorb. So if you dip your brush in the Tooth Mousse and put it in between your teeth, then your teeth are even more protected than rather with just using toothpaste alone. What you can do, is just put a little bit on your hand, and then just dip your brush in, then just smear it around and leave it on to absorb.
This is a technique I use every night on myself. I have an area between my 2 back teeth which
is a constant source of food getting stuck in there. There is no decay... yet, but that is vulnerable because the food is always getting stuck there during the day, and I know this. I want to protect that area because I don't want to get a cavity there because I don't want to have to get a filling later on. What I do, is I put some Tooth Mousse on to my pikster, and I get in there, and I just do it every night. That way I know I'm protecting that tooth.
You used your little interdental brush, so now what do you do to look after the little brushes?
They are reusable.. if you have any little bends or kinks in the wire.. then discard it, because when you bend the wire it becomes weaker. So if you had trouble putting it in somewhere or it's kind of a bit bent, it's time for a new one. Also if you get lots of plaque or there is a lot of food of debris on your brush, then again, you don't want that to harbor, or grow more bacteria, so if that's the case.. chuck it away and get a new one. If you have no sort of bleeding or when you do use the brush there isn't a lot of plaque, then you can reuse it. Give it a really good clean under running water, and you want ot let it dry completely between reusing it again... because any surface that is kept constantly moist, will be a source of lots of bacterial growth. You don't want to be reintroducing bugs back into your mouth that you are trying to keep clean and remove the bugs from.
Alright guys, so that concludes the third part of our 3 part series on the tools that you can use to keep your teeth nice and clean and effective at removing plaque. I hope that if you hadn't heard of interproximal brushes or interdental brushes before, that now you've got another tool in your tool kit to keeping everything nice and clean. If you were already using them but you might have come across a couple more tips to make your experience more effective.
Thanks for watching and go check out the other 2 videos on flossing and toothbrushing if you haven't already.