Dental implants are designed by dentists to look, feel and function like a natural tooth. These characteristics may explain why both dental professionals and patients alike are “cleaning” them as they would natural teeth. However, depending on the design of the prosthesis, traditional products found over the counter may not be efficient enough to meet the needs of the patient with dental implants. With at home maintenance protocols being the cornerstone to overall success, TePe has designed a wide range of high quality oral health care products specific for the patient with dental implants.
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Slot DE et al.
Int J Dent Hyg. 2008 Nov;6(4):253-64.
This systematic review is conducted to assess the effectiveness of the interdental brush used as an adjunct to a toothbrush, compared to toothbrushing without any interdental cleaning, or in combination with dental floss or woodsticks. To assess the effect, plaque and clinical parameters of periodontal inflammation were used as factors evaluated. The results are based on 9 articles, all experimental clinical studies, which met the criteria to be included in the review. In the majority of the studies, the study population consisted of patients enrolled in a periodontal maintenance program. From these studies, it was concluded that interdental brushes used as an adjunct to toothbrushing remove more plaque than just toothbrushing, and that dental floss and woodsticks are surpassed by interdental brushes in plaque removal. Furthermore, the review showed a positively significant difference in using interdental brushes with respect to plaque scores, bleeding scores and probing pocket depth.
Imai PH et al.
Can J Dent Hygiene. 2012;46,no.1:63-78.
The purpose of this systematic review was to evaluate the efficiency of interdental brushes and dental floss as adjuncts to toothbrushing for reducing gingival bleeding and dental plaque. Included studies were randomized controlled trials, including split mouth and crossover trials. Four papers were included for the analysis on bleeding outcome and seven papers for the analysis on plaque outcome. The results indicate that the interdental brush is more efficient than dental floss for reducing both bleeding and plaque.
The article presents an instructive flowchart, containing practical guidelines for choosing interdental cleaning device for the patient with interdental inflammation. First, assess the patient’s level of dexterity and motivation for daily interdental self-care. If the patient has good dexterity and/or is motivated, the next step is to determine the embrasure type. For patients with type I embrasures, dental floss should be recommended. With embrasures of type II or III, the interdental brush is the correct choice.
If the patient, on the other hand, has poor dexterity and/or lacks motivation, the appropriate recommendation is interdental brushes, regardless of type I, II or III embrasures. The authors conclude that the interdental brush is an effective alternative to dental floss, for reducing interproximal bleeding and plaque in booth filled and open embrasures.