Tips to reach the gaps between teeth

"Daily cleaning of dental plaque is essential to keep the gums and mouth healthy."

We all know that brushing your teeth at least three times a day is essential to achieve a mouth free of bacteria. But, do you know what is the best way to clean all the gaps in the oral cavity?

We do not always manage to reach those spaces between our teeth, where food tends to hide without us noticing. This is the interproximal area, where periodontal disease is more frequent and serious due to its difficult access. To avoid this, you need to have other more appropriate devices, such as dental floss, interproximal brushes or threaders - these for patients who carry fixed appliances. Brushing together with interproximal cleansing once or twice a day prevents the development of gingivitis and periodontitis.

If you have more separated teeth, replace the dental floss with an interproximal brush, which is used on the outside and inside of the mouth and between the sides of the teeth. If the interproximal brush does not fit comfortably, do not force yourself. It may be that the space is not large enough. In these cases, it is recommended to use dental floss. There are two types of interproximal spaces and it is necessary to know how to distinguish them in order to know the best way to clean them. It is recommended to use interproximal brushes for open spaces and silks or dental tapes for closed spaces.

Open interproximal spaces: they are large spaces, which can be produced by the lack of a tooth or an exaggerated separation of the teeth (diastemas), among other reasons. Therefore, we must know how to clean these areas. It is advisable to use an interproximal brush, which are in different shapes and sizes. These devices are the most effective for removing the remains of food in the larger spaces.

Closed interproximal spaces: closed interproximal spaces are those in which there is moderate separation between the teeth. In these situations, the use of dental flosses or ribbons eliminates the interdental biofilm below the gum line, preventing caries and periodontal disease.