When it comes to oral and dental health, many apparatus can come to the agenda. One of these apparatus, the interface toothbrush, is being wondered by many people today. So, what is an interface toothbrush? How to use it? If you are looking for answers to these questions, you are at the right address!

In this content we have prepared for you, we will talk about what exactly the interface brush does, why it should be preferred and how to use it. Immediately afterwards, we will answer your questions such as what you should pay attention to when choosing a brush, which type of this brush is suitable for you. If you are ready, you can start reading our content!

What is an Interface Brush? 

An interdental brush is an apparatus with a flexible wire structure and bristle heads. While normal toothbrushes cannot enter the gaps between the teeth, these gaps can be easily cleaned with an interface toothbrush. It is round in general shape; however, it can also be produced in oval shape depending on the model. The bristles are fixed on a thin wire. Designs are available in different sizes for front and back teeth.

What is the Interface Brush Used for?

Teeth are structures that are arranged adjacent to each other. Factors such as tooth structure, tooth shape, cavities or diseases of the gums can cause gaps to form between the teeth over time. No matter how much you brush your teeth, these gaps are structures suitable for collecting food residues. The remaining pieces increase over time and cause a problem we can call tartar. Tartar is caused by accumulated food particles. dental plaque creates. In such cases where toothbrushes are insufficient, the use of an interface toothbrush is recommended.

If we take a more detailed look at the intended use of the interface brush, we can mention the following items:

  • To clean the food residues between the teeth when the toothbrush is insufficient,
  • To prevent cavity formation in patients with gingival recession,
  • Cleaning the gingival junction points of the implants,
  • Bridge and prosthesis cleaning.

It is extremely important that you use the interface brush for its intended purpose. If you experience bleeding or strain during use, you should rinse your mouth with plenty of water and stop using it.

What is an Interface Brush? How to Use It?

Interface brushes are very simple to use, just like toothbrushes as we know them. The most important point to note here is to brush your teeth well before using the interface brush. For the use of the interface brush, you can follow these steps respectively:

  • Place the brush at a suitable angle between your teeth.
  • Move the placed brush back and forth 10 times.
  • Prefer soft movements over hard and forceful ones.
  • After using the brush, rinse your mouth with plenty of water and clean your brush with plenty of water.

The substances we have mentioned are suitable for general use. However, do not use toothpaste before using the interface brush. In addition, some dentists recommend rinsing your mouth with an antiseptic before using the interface. If you have received a warning or recommendation from your dentist that you should use an antiseptic, be sure to use it before using your brush.

Why Choose an Interface Brush?

The interface brush is more flexible than toothbrushes. By cleaning the gaps between your teeth, you can prevent diseases in the mouth. We can also give the following answers to the question of why you should prefer this brush:

  • Prevents the formation of bacteria and tartar.
  • Provides complete and comprehensive oral care.
  • Although it performs the same task as floss, it is more effective than dental floss.
  • It prevents gum diseases and tooth loss by entering areas where toothbrushes cannot enter.
  • Eye-catching by preventing gap formation dental aesthetics creates.
  • Easy to learn and easy to use.

Who is the Interface Toothbrush Suitable for?

There are generally no restrictions on the use of the interface toothbrush. Children and adults can use it comfortably. However, in some cases it is especially recommended by dentists. We can list these situations as follows:

  • People with braces,
  • Those with gingival recession,
  • Those who have had zirconium treatment,
  • Those who have difficulty flossing,
  • Those with small or conspicuously large gaps between their teeth.

If you are suffering from any of the conditions and disorders listed above, we recommend that you make an appointment with our clinic as soon as possible and undergo a comprehensive examination. You can find out from your dentist whether you can use an interface toothbrush and start using it as directed.

Interface Toothbrush Numbers

Every person's mouth and teeth are different from each other. Just as you prefer brushes that are suitable for your mouth and teeth when buying a toothbrush, you should pay the same attention to these brushes. The number, diameter and hardness of interface toothbrushes differ from each other. While 0.4 mm interface brush is determined as the thinnest, 1.55 mm brush is determined as the thickest. The numbers in the middle of the numbers we have mentioned are expressed as medium thickness.

Commonly used interface toothbrush numbers are as follows:

  • Numbers for Thin Thickness: 0.4 mm, 0.45 mm, 0.5 mm
  • Numbers for Medium Thickness: 0.6 mm, 0.7 mm, 0.8 mm
  • Numbers for Thick Interface Brushes: 1.1 mm, 1.3 mm, 1.5 mm

Those who use interface toothbrushes without consulting a specialist may encounter gum problems over time. Progressive gum diseases lead to deterioration of the enamel structure and advanced tooth loss. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you seek medical advice on which brush to choose.

Frequently Asked Questions about Interface Brush

In this section of our content, we will answer questions that are frequently directed to us by people who use and want to use interface brushes.

What is an interface toothbrush for?

The interface brush prevents the formation of sediment and plaque by entering the gaps where toothbrushes cannot enter.

Can anyone use the interface brush?

This type of toothbrush can be used by everyone. However, some people may not be able to use the interface brush. Your specialist dentist will inform you whether you can use this brush after completing the clinical examination. If your tooth structure is not suitable, using an interface toothbrush may cause gaps in the area.

Should the tongue be brushed while brushing teeth?

Evet, fırçalanmalıdır. Diş fırçaları, bakterilerin yalnızca %85’ini yok etmektedir. Az miktarda kalan bakteriler dil üzerinde yuvalanmaya ve sülfür yaymaya devam eder. Bu da bir süre sonra ağız kokusunun ortaya çıkmasına neden olur. Düzenli olarak dil fırçalama işlemiyle koku oluşumu büyük oranda önlenebilir.

What is the best way to buy an interface brush?

This question is one of the most frequently asked questions we receive. When buying an interface brush, you should pay attention to your dentist's recommendations and choose the brush with the number your dentist deems appropriate.

Is the interface brush disposable?

These brushes are not disposable. You can use them more than once during their lifetime.

Can you put toothpaste on the interface brush?

Applying toothpaste to interface brushes is not recommended by physicians. 

How many days should the interface brush be used?

Toothbrushes are recommended to be replaced within a few months, while interface brushes are generally recommended to be replaced within 7 days. For some models and products, this period may extend up to 15 days.

How to choose an interface brush? 

At the beginning of our content, we mentioned that there are brushes in different forms. So how can you choose the right brush? You can choose the right interface brush for you by considering the following points: 

  • Bristle Material: The bristles used in these brushes are divided into synthetic and natural bristles. Although synthetic bristles are more durable, they are inconvenient to use on sensitive surfaces. Unlike synthetic bristles, natural bristles are flexible and much more suitable for sensitive surfaces.
  • Bristle Length: If you have narrow gaps between your teeth, you should prefer long-bristled brushes. For general cleaning, you can choose short bristle brushes.
  • Brush Size: The size of the brush you will use should be suitable for the surface you want to clean.

Brush Handle: Especially patients with neurological problems should prefer comfortable handles.

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