An alternative to dental floss, interdental brushes are designed for cleaning between the teeth, below the gum line and around appliances (e.g. bridges and braces). Suitable for anything but the tightest of contact points, most people tend to find these somewhat easier to get to grips with and less time consuming than flossing. For optimal cleaning, it is important to choose an interdental brush of the right size. Very often more than one brush size is needed.
Don’t use toothpaste with your interdental brushes, since it contains abrasives. You may instead use interdental gels, which is specially designed for use with an interdental brush.
Interdental brushes come with a host of benefits that you get when using them. Here is a list of reasons why you should be using interdental brushes right away.
Interdental brushes are a lot easier to use because they are made to be that way. They have tiny soft bristles on them which can act as dental floss. You can easily reach any and all parts of your mouth with interdental brushes which is a huge factor of their effectiveness.
Of course, the most important reason why you should switch to interdental brushes is because of how effective they are. You can clean much better with them because their tiny bristles allow you to clean all areas of your mouth. These brushes are not limited in their effectiveness to just removing food particles, they are also seriously effective at removing the plaque that builds up around teeth. In fact, they are more effective at removing food particles and plaque than toothbrush only. By brushing your teeth alone you are only cleaning 60% of the tooth surface. Adding interdental brushes to your daily routine, increases cleanliness of your teeth by another 40%.
Another little benefit that you can reap from interdental brushes is that they are key at helping people that have braces. Braces do not allow for proper flossing for obvious reasons but with these brushes, you can easily navigate those braces and still clean your teeth effectively.