Barnton Dental Spa - Edinburgh

Proximal Brush

A proximal brush is a device comprised of a handle which can firmly hold a small brush head. They are available in a number of sizes to suit each person’s specifications. The colours match the ones that are used in the range of interdental brushes. It may be necessary to use more than one sized brush to thoroughly clean each space between the teeth.

Why is it important to clean between teeth?

As you go through the day food and other debris become lodged between the teeth, and in any gaps. If this is not removed it may lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Using a proximal brush to remove food debris will assist in keeping your breath fresh, also being essential in oral hygiene maintenance.

Will a proximal brush replace my normal toothbrush?

A proximal brush should not be used instead of a standard toothbrush, but in addition to your regular oral hygiene regime. Some parts of your mouth are hard to reach using a standard toothbrush, which is why a proximal brush proves useful.

How does a proximal brush work?

The tiny bristles and small head allow the brush to move between the teeth, removing any plaque and debris undetected up by your standard toothbrush. This is particularly useful for areas at the back of the mouth.

How do I use it?

  1. The first thing you need to do is choose the correct sized brush head and secure it in the handle
  2. It may be necessary to use a number of sizes for the different areas at the back of your mouth
  3. A hygienist or dentist should advise you on the best model to use.
  4. It is vital that you do not force the brush between your teeth
  5. The brush should be moved gently to dislodge food debris and plaque.
  6. The brush can be used again after it has been rinsed.

When should it be used?

The spaces between all teeth should be cleaned at least once every day. A proximal brush will assist you in reaching all parts of the mouth.