Product Type: Molar Oral Care
Newest Review: ... be the one most commonly used. Since visiting the dentist I have bought some more of these. I paid something like £4 for 16 brushes from a... more
Happy gums, happy hygienist
Molar TePe Interdental Brush
Member Name: milmol7
Molar TePe Interdental Brush
Advantages: Easy and comfortable to use, good identification system with the colour coding
Disadvantages: Only one protective cap per pack, cost
I've always had probems keeping on the right side of my dentist's hygienists - always being told off for not having cleaned well enough, and struggling with bleeding gums. The problem was I just could not get my head around flossing - nothing in a million years would encourage or enable me to take (essentially) a bit of cotton, tie it between my fingers then scrape in between my teeth with it - (even typing about it now is making my toes curl!!) So eventually I had to confess this, and it was then that the hygienist asked me if I had ever tried these Tepe brushes.
My initial reaction (inwardly ...I didn't say it to her!) was no, I've never tried them, and no, no way, I won't be trying them because it seemed to me like flossing by another name. But, whilst she had me defenceless in the dentists chair, she offered to show me how to use them and how great they were (!). So cringeing with every fibre of my body she set about popping the bristles into the gaps between my teeth. Amazingly, it didn't freak me out and she gave me one to take home with me.
Since that day I have truly become a convert. The first one she used was a pink, the smallest, but my cabinet now also has blue, red and yellow.
The brushes are colour-coded according to the size, so it's important to be kitted out with the appropriate range depending on the various size of gaps between your teeth. You should always use the biggest one according to the size of the gap, because the aim of the brush is that it gets into the gap and cleans thoroughly between the tooth and the gum. The hygienist advised me that I should use the brushes after every meal, but I didn't keep that up (sorry!) and I use them morning and evening prior to brushing my teeth.
They consist of tiny thin wire, which is just about rigid, covered in tiny white bristles, which are themselves quite soft - hence the 'bottle brush' analogy, so often used by the hygienist at our surgery. The wire can be bent to help you to reach towards the back teeth but if it is bent accidentally it's also possible to bend back so that it's good as new. The plastic 'handle' of the brush itself is about 1.5 - 2cm long and the brush/bristles part about the same. In a pack you get 6 brushes of the same colour, and one plastic cover. This is so that you can pop it in your bag to take out with you and it keeps it clean for when you need it. Ideally each brush would have its own cover because by the end of the pack I have always managed to lose it, but I guess that's a cost issue for the manufacturer, and a taking better care of things issue on my part! The brushes can each last me 2-4 weeks, depending on what colour/how much I use them. For instance I only have 1 gap for the biggest brush so have only ever bought one pack of those so far in 6 months!! For the cost (around £6 a pack) it always annoys me to buy them, as I would rather spend my money on nicer things than dental care! But on the whole they represent good value for what they are - I have tried Superdrug and Boots own brand and neither felt as well made or were as easy to use as the Tepe ones.
Despite my anti-floss prejudice, I am 100% a convert to these Tepe brushes. I never leave home without one because if I do, I guarantee I will eat something that gets stuck in my teeth, and there's nothing worse!
Best of all, my hygienist tells me she can see the results, and from my point of view I certainly have less trouble with bleeding gums. So, a win all round despite my fears.
Summary: Good product which does work.
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