Table of Content:
- What is an interproximal cleaner?
- What are examples of different interproximal cleaning devices?
- When do I need to use an interproximal cleaner?
Interproximal cleaners are a series of oral hygiene devices used to clean larger gaps in-between your teeth. These devices are a great supplement for patients who have a hard time cleaning between their teeth or when flossing alone does not properly clean their teeth. Common examples of interproximal cleaners include the go-between toothbrushes and rubber tips. You can purchase interproximal cleaners from your neighborhood pharmacy or online.
The most effective interproximal cleaners are go-between brushes and rubber tips. Here’s a bit more information about each device:
Interproximal brushes, also referred to as interdental brushes or go-between brushes, are tiny toothbrushes that are used to clean in-between your teeth. These brushes resemble a tiny toothbrush and they are designed to fit into very small gaps. You can use go-between brushes to clean large gaps between your teeth, gaps under bridges, and dental implants. You can also use them to clean teeth with orthodontic brackets and wires on them.
Rubber tips are similar to go-between brushes but they are made from rubber instead of bristles. You can use rubber tips to clean in between your teeth, plus they stimulate your gums. Talk to your dentist to see if you need to use an interproximal cleaner and to decide which device is best for your needs. Alternatively, try them both to see which one works best for your mouth.
Interproximal cleaners are not for everyone and the majority of people only need to use a toothbrush and dental floss. However, if brushing and flossing alone does not fully remove food particles in-between your teeth, then you should consider using an interproximal cleaner. Interproximal cleaners are designed to clean larger gaps in-between your teeth. These larger gaps are areas where brushing and flossing alone can not effectively clean. Here are some examples of good candidates for using an interproximal cleaner:
Advanced periodontal disease
If you’re suffering from advanced gum disease, then you’ve already lost some of your supporting bone structure. As a result, there are large gaps in-between your teeth. These gaps tend to trap lots of food and are difficult to clean. As a result, you’re most likely a good candidate for using an interproximal cleaner to aid in cleaning your teeth.
Extensive dental work
If you’ve lots and lots of dental work (you know who you are!) then you’re probably a good candidate for using an interproximal cleaner. When you have a mouth full of crowns, bridges, and dental implants, you end up getting food trapped everywhere. This is because nothing is as good as your own teeth, and dental prosthetics are more likely to trap food and cause gum irritation. Using an interproximal cleaner could be your best friend as interproximal cleaners are very effective at cleaning between crowns and bridges and other dental prosthesis.
Interproximal cleaners are also very useful when you have braces on your teeth. Cleaning your teeth with brackets and wires on them can be difficult and challenging. Using an interproximal cleaner can really make a difference helps, especially since flossing is not a viable option during braces treatment. Talk to your orthodontist to see if they recommend that you use an interproximal brush throughout your braces treatment.
If you have other questions about interproximal cleaners, feel free to give us a call at (949)481-2540. We’d be glad to review your oral hygiene condition to see if you’re a good candidate for using interproximal cleaners and make recommendations as needed. To learn more about other ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy, click on the following links: