Gingivitis is a widespread infection with interdental bleeding and most patients ignore suggestions to floss or irrigate daily. Other options need to be found that make cleaning the teeth and gums easier and faster than dental floss. A few years ago Soft Picks were introduced by the Sunstar Butler company as an alternative to dental floss. The soft, rubbery tip is flexible and easy to insert in between teeth. The Soft Pick is used with one hand instead of two that are needed to floss. An in-and-out rubbing motion from the front surface of teeth will disrupt the bacterial biofilm from above and just below the gum line.
In the most recent study ten patient with no interdental hygiene were selected for a study. The patients were seen for regular dental hygiene care and offered the Soft Picks as an alternative to dental floss. All agreed to participate in the study and provide feedback as to their Soft Pick usage and experience.
The individuals were instructed in the use of the Soft Picks and asked to record the presence or absence of bleeding after use. The dental hygienist follow-up with emails and phone calls. After two weeks of use, nine of the 10 subjects reported no more bleeding with Soft Pick use. One patient still reported bleeding. This showed a 90 per cent rate of success with using Soft Picks to reduce bleeding.
Because of the great success in this and numerous other studies in the past, I highly recommend the Soft Picks over flossing for ease of use, effectiveness, and quality of the gums over flossing by itself.
Soft Picks are comfortable, easy-to -use, and powerful for cleaning in and around crowns, bridges, implants, and orthodontic appliances. Soft Picks are easy to use in these hard to reach areas where inflammation, bleeding and gingivitis start.
Look for them in your nearby grocery store or Costco.