What is an interdental brush?

TePe Interdental brushes are small brushes specially designed to clean between your teeth, where a regular toothbrush does not reach. The wire holding the bristles is plastic coated and is safe to use around dental implants and natural teeth. The handle is short and broad for a steady grip. 

Choosing the Correct Size 

TePe Interdental brushes come in nine sizes, which might seem overwhelming at first. We recommend asking your dental professional to help you or to find your most suitable size yourself using a variety pack, which comes with 8 of the 9 sizes. You want the wire to pass through the space between the teeth without hitting either tooth, and you should feel some resistance from the bristles. Do not force the brush into a space; work it in gently or choose a smaller size.  

Start with a small brush size if you are uncertain and change to a bigger one if you don’t feel any resistance from the bristles. Often, you need more than one brush size, because the spaces between your teeth differ throughout your mouth. If you have some spaces between your that are tight and even the smallest brush can’t fit, use floss in that space.  

Some examples of where to use an interdental brush could include between two natural teeth, around orthodontic appliances, under bridges, next to implants, and much more. 

How to Use the Interdental Brush 

  1. Use your interdental brush once a day, preferably in the evening before toothbrushing.  
  2. Once you find your perfect size, insert gently, move the interdental brush full length back and forth a few times. Make sure you clean between every tooth.  
  3. If it’s difficult to reach further back in the mouth, bend the brush by pressing the flexible tip (sizes pink to blue) or bend the wire like a “C shape” (sizes yellow to gray).  
  4. After you’re done, rinse your brush with water and let it dry until the next use.  
  5. Change the brush when the bristles become worn. 
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