TePe Interdental Gel: Areas of use

TePe Interdental Gel with Fluoride is specially recommended for persons with increased risk of developing caries. TePe Interdental Gel is also appropriate for those who care for their oral health and want extra fluoride protection.

• Everyone with an increased risk of developing caries.

• Individuals with initial caries.

• Individuals with fillings and crowns/bridges. The line between the tooth and the filling/crown/bridge is a retention place for plaque (bacteria easily stick there).

• Exposed root surfaces. These surfaces are not covered with hard enamel and therefore more sensitive to caries.

• Furcations degree III (the jawbone has retracted, so that a tunnel has formed between the roots). In this area, there is an increased risk for caries due to exposed root surfaces and difficulties to clean.

• Dry mouth, since it makes caries develop easier and faster:

in older individuals, as the production of saliva is reduced with age; 
in individuals who medicate, as reduced saliva production is a common side effect of many pharmaceuticals;
in case of Sjögren’s syndrome, which is characterized by a dry mouth.

• Persons with fixed orthodontic appliances. 25-30% of them develop initial caries, as the orthodontic appliances make it difficult to clean properly because of the irregular surfaces of brackets, wires and bands.

• When the permanent molars (the posterior adult teeth) erupt:

The second molars erupt around the age of 12. As they erupt where there previously are no teeth,    they can be hard to detect. They are not completely mineralized when they erupt and therefore more sensitive to caries. The fissures (crevices in the chewing surfaces) can be deep and difficult to clean. In addition, there is no occlusion (contact) with the teeth in the opposite jaw, which otherwise has a certain cleaning effect. 

This also applies when the first molars erupt, usually around the age of 6. Since the gel adds extra fluoride to the teeth, it should, however, only be used upon recommendation by a dental professional at this young age. 

• Sensitive teeth. Frequent fluoride treatment reduces tooth sensitivity.