I have used interdental brushes for ages now because I was having problems with my gums and my hygienist told me that I needed to start using these. I could have flossed but I don’t like flossing and just don’t think that it is as effective as using interdental brushes.
These ones from Boot’s Expert come in different sizes with the 0.4 ones being the thinnest. I have quite small gaps in between my teeth so I need thin brushes to be able to fit them in between the gaps.
These have little plastic handles with thin wires that have bristles on them. You just need to put these in the gaps between your teeth and brush backwards and forwards for a couple of seconds. They not only push bits of food that are stuck in the gaps out the other side but the brushes stimulate the gum line and help to get rid of plaque which is on the gum line.
The problem with these being so thin is that although they will go through smaller gaps the wire is really thin so it bends easily and while you can bend the wire anyway to get them to reach harder places I like them to remain straight because I find it easier to use them like that. They also don’t have as many bristles as a lot of interdental brushes so I don’t think that they clean quite as much as some of them.
The brushes can all be reused so long as you clean them in between uses but they really don’t last long before you need to use a new one again. I think they are quite expensive as you only get 6 in the packet and they cost £3.25. They work and do what they are supposed to but I just think that there are better interdental brushes available which cost the same amount.
I've been using these since they were recommended by my dentist. I have some gum problems due to having tight gaps inbetween some of my back teeth, and it's all too easy for bacteria to get in there and have a party! Since I've been using these along with dental floss, my teeth have been feeling cleaner and smoother on my tongue - which apparently is a sign that the plaque is not adhering the the tooth surface as much.
I tend to choose this brand of brush as it seems to work the best - I look out for the TePe brand as this is the one on sale in my dentists, but as it comes with the Boots branding, they are a whole £1 cheaper from Boots. I have also tried the Tesco 0.4mm brushes, but the bristles stripped from the wire between my teeth, and I had to floss to get them out again! I have never had this issue with the TePe brushes.
As for using, I tend to go for the back of my mouth only as they can recede your gums. I don't mind this so much as the back as it is less of a real recession and more of a reshaping, but I don't want the gums at the front reshaped! I just use floss here, and they are easier to keep clean anyway than the back.
The only thing I don't like about them is that it can be hard to manouvre them in your mouth as the handle isn't really long enough. It would be great if TePe made the same product on a toothbrush style handle so you can get to the back easier. I don't use these on my very back tooth as I can't reach, so its flossing only back there...
Since I've been using these, they have contributed to an improvement in my gums - they bleed a little to start with but this is totally normal. It should stop within a week or two, but if not it's probably best to see the dentist as it might be a gum disease problem rather than something to do with the brushes.
The only other thing i would like to see with these brushes is an extra cover as I have to keep remembering not to throw the cover away with the brush I have just finished with! What would be great would be if someone made a case to contain a roll of dental floss and your current interdental brush, but I've not yet seen anything like this.
Definately worth using, and also a case where you really should pay the extra to get the product that actually workes.
I recently went to visit the dentist for a check up and scale and polish and received a bit of a telling off from the hygenist. She told me my teeth were in perfect condition but as for my gums - not so much. I had to admit I had not been flossing as regularly as I should have been, partly due to it being awkward. I had a brace a couple of years back and once it got taken off, I had a permanent retainer fitted on the back of my top teeth. This just consists of a very thin wire and does not bother me in any other way but makes it impossible to floss my top front teeth with normal dental floss.
She went on to recommend to me these interdental brushes. I bought the Boots 0.4mm (the smallest size available) which are the ones with the pink handles. They cost £2.99 for 6 and were also in a 3 for 2 offer across dental hygiene products. You simply pop the brush through the gap between your teeth near the gum and move it backwards and forwards to remove anything between your teeth that your toothbrush cannot catch. I find them really effective and actually started to use them on my bottom front teeth instead of dental floss also as they are easier to use in my experience. They are a bit tricky to use on your back teeth though.
I have noticed a difference as my gums used to bleed quite a lot when I brushed my teeth but now they don't bleed at all which means my gums are healthier! A must have for maintaining healthy gums, just make sure you clean the brush after use if you are going to reuse it.
Let me tell you about a cruel and horrible man. This nasty man lured innocent little children into his office to sit in his special chair
and when they were sitting comfortably and unsuspecting, he'd subject them to the most excruciating torture, leaving them tearful and afraid, not to mention seriously traumatised forever after. He was The Dentist!
Like many people, I do not enjoy my visits to the dentist and despite the slightly tongue in cheek introduction to this review, as a child I
really did have a particularly nasty example of the profession as my dentist. His high speed drill always used to be on the blink whenever I went, so if he gave me a filling (which he invariably did) he'd use the old grinder type drill and he never once offered an injection. In fact, it wasn't until I left home that I knew there was such a thing as relatively painless dentistry or that I'd been subjected to treatment I didn't actually need!
As you can imagine, my childhood experiences left me with a deep fear and loathing of the entire dental profession and consequently I now move heaven and earth to make sure that I minimise the need for treatment. I brush, I floss, I gargle, and since their introduction, I also use inter-dental brushes too.
I began by using TePe inter-dental brushes which are the market leader and quite expensive so as soon as Boots introduced their own brand at a cheaper price, I began to use those instead.
These brushes are available in various colour coded sizes, ranging from 0.4mm to 0.7mm and are designed to brush between your teeth, at gum level, to clear out any residual particles of food and plaque which could
contribute to gum disease and which your floss might have missed. My teeth are fairly close together and after some trial and error, I found that the 0.4mm brushes were ideal for me. To save spending unnecessary money, it might be worth buying a pack containing several different sizes first to make sure you get the right size for you. These brushes should not be forced between the teeth but should pass through relatively easily without causing any pain and, hopefully, no bleeding.
Each packet contains six inter-dental brushes with small plastic handles plus a cap to cover the bristles of the brush currently being used and each brush can be used over a period of several days. The cost is £2.49 per packet but this is a small price to pay when compared to the cost of remedial dental treatment, even on the NHS. In fact, these are often available when Boots do their 3 for 2 offers which means it works out even cheaper per pack.
The brushes are on soft, malleable wire which can be bent to shape, making it easy to clean between even the hard to reach back teeth.
Using these brushes takes up very little additional time when cleaning your teeth and quite frankly, anything which results in better cared for teeth and less treatment has got to be worth every penny. In my case, use of these great little dental devices has, I'm convinced, contributed to the fact that I haven't required any treatment, other than a scale and polish, over the last couple of years.
These are definitely a five star addition to my dental armoury and I highly recommend their use.
Boots Expert o.4mm Interdental Brushes (TePe).
What is it?
Some interdental brushes (also known as TePe brushes) by Boots. Used for cleaning in between the gaps of teeth.
These have been specially formulated to allow easier cleaning between the small spaces and gaps of teeth. The 0.4mm version is the smallest in Boots' range of interdental brushes.
What do I think?
I'm not a big fan of interdental brushes, mainly because of my hygienist. When she demonstrated the use of these between my teeth, I could see that that part of my gums appeared receded. I was not impressed and banned the aggressive TePe brushes from coming near my teeth ever again. And so I stuck to flossing tape, total control.
However, I always find that flossing the back teeth is a little bit more difficult so I thought that the TePe brushes would come in handy and make things a bit easier.
I generally have quite narrow gaps between my teeth, though I am aware that gaps are usually wider at the back teeth. So thinking that these 0.4mm brushes which don't work for my front teeth, I though they would be fine for my back teeth. They didn't work.
Not only did they not fit at the back, they were actually quite tricky to handle. Compared to the large sized brush heads, the 0.4mm are very small heads with minimal bristles on them. I've used the larger ones before just to reach the very smaller corners where a normal toothbrush would be to big. And even then I found the bristles too soft to actually fully remove plaque. Therefore, with the 0.4mm brushes, even if they did fit through the gaps of my back teeth, I doubt that they would be of much use.
It is possible to mould and twist the head to adapt to particular angles, but again, with these smaller brushes, the wire based head is also much shorter and thinner and therefore doesn't allow for much adaption anyway.
The brushes cost £2.99 for a pack of 6, are washable and re-usable, and also comes with a handly lid, should you need to travel with one.
These TePe brushes definitely don't work with me, so it's back to battling with the flossing tape!
Thanks for reading.
Quickly and easily brush away traces of plaque and food debris /