Q What is a Proximal brush?
A It is a device in two parts. One part is the handle
that has been developed from a standard toothbrush so that it holds a
small brush head securely. The brush heads are available in various
sizes enabling you to choose which size is most suitable for you. These
colours are exactly the same as those used in the interdental brush
Q Will I need to use more than one size of
A You may need to use more than one size to enable you
to effectively clean all spaces between your teeth.
Q Will I need to use this brush as well as
the interdental brushes?
A The proximal brush can be used in all areas of the
mouth. However most people find that it is most useful for cleaning
between the back teeth.
Q Why clean between teeth?
A Over the course of a day, food and debris get lodged
in between your teeth, and in any gaps you may have. If left, this
debris can cause dental decay and gum disease. Removing
food debris with a proximal brush will help keep your breath fresh.
Cleaning in between your teeth ensures that you are cleaning your mouth
as thoroughly as possible.
Q Should I use a proximal brush instead of
my normal toothbrush?
A No. This brush should be used as part of your normal
oral hygiene routine to be effective.
Q Why is my normal toothbrush not enough?
A You will know that there are certain places in your
mouth that are difficult to reach with your normal brush. There are also
some gaps between your teeth that your toothbrush will not be able to
Q How can the proximal brush help?
A With its small filaments and tiny head the brush can
be moved between the teeth to remove debris and plaque that will not
have been removed by your usual toothbrush, especially at the back of
Q How do I use it?
A Select a suitable sized brush head and lock it in
place in the handle. You may need a variety of sizes for the spaces at
the back of the mouth. Your dentist or hygienist will be able to guide
you on which ones to select. Never force the brush between the teeth.
Remove the brush gently removing plaque and debris. Always rinse the
brush in clean water during and after use.
Q When should I use it?
A You need to clean between all your teeth once a day.