Around 1960, a Swedish dentist proved in an experiment on dental students that plaque was the primary cause of gingivitis. Since then, it has been recognized that cleaning plaque from around the teeth and gums on a daily basis is the best way of reducing gum disease and decay.
About 30% of the population has an increased susceptibility to gum problems. For these people, simply cleaning the teeth twice a day with a toothbrush is not enough. Even flossing may not be enough for some people.
How to clean your teeth optimally
To optimally clean 360 degrees around each tooth you first need to brush the cheek side, tongue side and biting surface with a toothbrush. Whether you use an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush does not matter much. The key is to brush for at least 2 minutes (not 20 seconds). Once you have finished brushing you have now cleaned about 60% of your tooth surfaces. This is where many people stop and this is why most dental problems in adults occur between the teeth. You should now clean between your teeth using an interdental brush. Simply select the appropriate size (see below) and pass the brush horizontally between the teeth a few times.
Congratulations, you are now optimally cleaning your teeth and on the way to taking control of your dental health!
Selecting the right size interdental brush
We recommend you check with your dentist, hygienist or Periodontist for customized advice on the best size interdental brushes for you. As a general rule the brush size you use for a particular gap should be slightly snug when it passes between the teeth. If it is too tight it will bend and break and you will find it uncomfortable. If it is too loose it wont be as effective. For gaps that are too small for the Oralis360-Small size brush, please use floss.