A Tepe interdental brush is simply a small brush specifically designed for cleaning between your teeth. These types of brushes are often used as a simpler to use alternative to manual flossing.
There’s no reason why both flossing and interdental brushing cannot both be used to help combat the old enemy – plaque.
TePe is a Swedish company that was founded in 1965 and specialises in the manufacture of dental hygiene products. Tepe interdental brushes are probably the best known and the most popular brushes sold in the UK.
Choose the right size
For optimal cleaning and to prevent damaging teeth and gums; it’s important to choose an interdental brush of the right size. Very often more than one brush size is needed.
Your dental professional can advice you as to whether interdental brushing is necessary for you, and if so, what size/sizes are the best fit for you.
The Tepe range of brushes all use the same colour coding for each specific size. Please note; this is not a universal colour scheme. Brushes from other manufacturers may not use the same colour scheme to represent their sizing options.
How to use an interdental brush
Use your interdental brush once a day, preferably in the evening.
For the front teeth use a straight brush. Insert the brush gently between your teeth. Do not force the brush into a space; work it in gently, if you struggling to get into the gap; choose a smaller size.
Move the brush back and forth a few times in each interdental space. You may find using a mirror makes things easier, at least until you get used to it.
Don’t use toothpaste, since it contains abrasives and may harm your teeth enamel or gums. You could try an interdental gel; free from abrasives it gives a gentle cleaning between the teeth.
Check your brushes regularly, when the filaments start to look worn it’s time to change the brush.
For your back teeth, you will find it easier if you adjust the angle of the brush head. For the smaller brushes you can curve the soft neck slightly by adding pressure with your finger; this makes it easier to reach between the back teeth.
You are unlikely to need the larger size brushes for back teeth but if you do have large gaps in your back teeth you can you can easily bend the actual wire of the larger brushes. With the brush bent at a suitable angle it’s much easier to access the gaps. It’s simple to bend the brush back straight should you need to.
Note: Frequent bending and straightening of any interdental brush will reduce the time a brush will last.
The Tepe Angle is a brush with a long flat, easy to grip handle and is specially designed to help interdentally clean the gaps in your teeth that are difficult to access. It can be tricky to get to your back teeth and to the internal faces your other teeth. This pre-angled brush head gives you greater control to ensure you can remove the plaque from all your teeth.
TePe interdental brush stand
The Micro Holder interdental brush stand allows you to store your brushes in a hygienic way between using and keep them tidy.
TePe Travel Case
The interdental brush travel case is a compact design that easily fits in a pocket, handbag or briefcase.
Made from environmentally friendly polypropylene and available in a variety of colours the case can hold 6 brushes. For frequent travellers this is a neat and hygienic way to pack and store your brushes.
There have been numerous studies to find out whether interdental brushing or flossing helps prevent gum disease. The scientific evidence does not conclusively support either flossing or interdental brushing.
This is in contrast to the dental profession who do encourage use to interdental brushing, flossing or both.