Proximal Brush

This is different from a standard toothbrush in that the brush heads are replaceable and come in various sizes to suit each individual's oral cleaning needs. These brushes slot onto the handle that resembles a normal toothbrush but are presented in a colour range similar to interdental brushes.

What size brush head will I need?

Since our contours and tooth spaces differ, using varying sizes of proximal brush head helps to effectively clean between spaces large and small.

Should I use this as well as an interdental brush?

Proximal brushes may be used to clean different oral spaces, particularly grooves present in the back teeth of the mouth. Oral hygiene may be improved by altering brush use to tooth size and type, including dental restorations and oral devices. Varying use of proximal, interdental and standard tooth brush may optimise oral cleaning.

Why clean between teeth?

Food consumption causes debris to become trapped between teeth and encourages plaque build-up that may attract harmful bacteria. By brushing teeth with a proximal brush, the trapped debris and plaque is removed from between and around teeth. This ensures that harmful bacteria, which causes tooth decay and gum disease, is removed. Mouth cleaning promotes better oral health and fresher breath.

Is this a better option than my normal toothbrush?

A proximal tooth brush is not a replacement for a normal or standard tooth brush but may be used additionally. Teeth may be brushed with a proximal tooth brush to access tooth grooves, and then thoroughly cleaned with a standard tooth brush as part of good oral hygiene practice.

Why is my normal toothbrush not enough?

A normal or standard tooth brush does not reach all tooth crevices, particularly those that are hard to access. A proximal tooth brush is designed to fit into gaps where a normal tooth brush cannot clean. A standard toothbrush head may be too large and irritate gum tissue at the back of the mouth.

How can the proximal brush help?

The bristles of a proximal tooth brush are smaller and the head tilts easier between teeth and into tooth grooves to remove trapped food debris and plaque. Proximal toothbrushes reach the teeth at the back of the mouth, making it easier for effective cleaning.

How do I use it?

  • A proximal tooth brush is used by carefully selecting the most suitable brush sizes for teeth and restorations that need cleaning.
  • The dentist or dental hygienist may provide advice on which brush sizes to use for particular teeth cleaning.
  • The proximal brush head should never forcefully be pressed between teeth, but should be glided gently in and out between teeth to remove food debris and plaque.
  • The brushes can easily be re-used once rinsed.

When should I use it?

A proximal brush may be used as part of daily oral hygiene practice when brushing teeth after meals, before sleep and on awakening. It is important to remove food debris and plaque from between teeth daily to prevent tooth decay.

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