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That tooth loss and gum disease is a natural part of ageing is a myth that needs to be busted.

Preventative dental care is a vital but sometimes overlooked area of overall health and wellbeing. Increasingly, poor oral health is associated with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.

No one, regardless of age, needs to endure cavities, bad breath, inflamed gums or tooth loss, especially when these problems can be prevented or managed by some simple twice-daily steps.

Careful brushing with fluoride toothpaste and rinsing with a mouthwash goes a long way to promoting good oral health. But the real key to oral health is cleaning between the teeth – that is a total of one-third of a tooth’s surface – something brushing alone cannot do.

Tooth decay is the most common health problem in Australia. Each year 11 million teeth develop decay even though cavities can be prevented. The moist and miry pit between the teeth is where most problems occur. As well about 40 per cent of people take at least one kind of medicine that can cause tooth damage.

Even though it has been around since the 1890s, flossing is not for everyone. Flossing can aggravate sensitive gums, cause bleeding, prove uncomfortable around implants and not everyone appreciates a bathroom mirror stained with telltale splats.


Dexterity can also make flossing difficult. Being able to comfortably wind the string around fingers and get right down between the teeth to the gumline can prove a challenge for some.

The solution to effectively cleaning between teeth and preventing decay and gum disease is interdental brushes. Shaped like a tiny bottlebrush, these soft easy-to-use brushes effectively clean between teeth and massage the gums.

For the first time TePe Interdental Brushes are widely available in Australia.

Founded in Sweden in 1965, TePe is a leading international oral care company. TePe speciality products are used daily by consumers and dental professionals in more than 50 countries worldwide.

High quality TePe Interdental Brushes, developed in collaboration with dental experts, offer an option for every need. Available in several colour-coded sizes and models, some are angled to get to around corners and the hard-to-reach back molars, soothing and massaging gums at the same time. Others work between missing teeth, implants and teeth that are very close together.

The TePe interdental brush range features Original, X-soft and Angle. The brushes come in nine sizes starting at a circumference of a tiny 0.4 mm and increasing in increments to 1.5 mm.

Plastic coated wire ensures safe and gentle cleaning and all TePe interdental brushes have a flat, ergonomic handle for a steady and controlled grip. The hygienic cap can be used to extend the handle in the Original and X-soft range making use even easier. Importantly, a straightforward simple in and out movement is all that is needed to effectively clean between the teeth.

TePe interdental brushes are reusable and durable – just rinse them like any toothbrush – and accessories include a highly economical brush stand, travel case and cap handle.

TePe respects the environment and all products and packaging are recyclable.

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Fast dental facts

According to the …

Australian Dental Association

  • 90 per cent of all dental disease is preventable
  • There are more than 19 million decayed teeth in Australia and it is predicted there are 11 million additional decayed teeth each year
  • Periodontal diseases – the inflammation of tissues surround the tooth affecting the gum, ligaments and bone – is directly caused by bacterial infection. These diseases affect more than 35 per cent of people aged up to 64 years and more than 54 per cent of those aged over 65 years.
  • More than 30 per cent of Australians admit they brush only once a day and usually skip cleaning their teeth before bed. Many avoid flossing at any time.
  • 83 per cent of Australians say that decayed teeth and bad breath are the biggest turnoffs on a first date. Only five per cent found body odour off putting while four per cent cited poor dress sense.

About TePe

TePe is manufactured in Sweden and distributed by TrollDental.  TePe’s unique history began in 1965, when woodcarver Henning Eklund developed a new kind of dental stick together with professors at the School of Dentistry in Malmo Sweden.  The innovative wooden stick was triangular for optimal cleaning of the interdental space.  It was followed by the uniquely designed toothbrush.  Today the interdental brush is the core product and the range also includes a series of cleaning devices of specific oral hygiene needs: implant care, orthodontic care, post surgery and special needs care and paediatric care. To raise oral hygiene awareness and prevent oral disease is the company’s vision.  Working in collaboration with dental experts around the world ensures not ensure quality control but that the new and evolving product range leads the world in oral health innovation.  TePe is certified according to the international standards for quality and environment, ISO 9001 and 14001.  Material and packaging is chosen with respect for the environment and all products are recyclable.


TePe is now available in Australian in dental clinics, all good pharmacies and online at

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