In a world where just about everyone hates flossing, piksters are a gamechanger.
What are piksters
Piksters have disrupted the world of interdental cleaning. Previously dominated by dental floss, dental tape and floss picks, these interdental brushes have simplified the way we clean between our teeth. Needless to say, I’m a fan of these miniature bottle brushes.
Advantanges of piksters
Piksters have many advantages which make it easier to use than floss. When something is easier, you are more likely to do it.
- Ability to slide between the teeth
- Small bristles engage and mechanically remove sticky food and plaque lodged between teeth. This is an area where a toothbrush cannot reach so lots of food can remain here.
- Can be used with one hand – unlike flossing
How to use piksters
Piksters should be used at least once a day. Understanding the pikster size chart is crucial before starting to use piksters for the first time. Each colour corresponds to a specific size. Ensure that the size you choose makes firm contact between the teeth. It should not feel painful and the wire should not bend. A gentle wriggling up and down motion is a good way to clean these areas. As a general guide, size 0 is great for front teeth with narrow gaps. Sizes 1 – 4 are suitable for larger gaps towards the sides and back of the mouth. To be sure which size you should be using, it is best to check with your dentist , oral health therapist or dental hygienist to see what they recommend.
Who should be using piksters?
Everyone! Think of it this way, piksters disturb bacteria-laden plaque which sits on the teeth. If this plaque isn’t removed, the bacteria sitting in these areas can cause aggressive gum disease and bone loss. This process is silent and irreversible and many people don’t realise they have it until their teeth become loose. Piksters also help prevent tooth decay and should especially be recommended to people with:
- Gingivitis or periodontitis
- Crowns, bridges, implants
- Bend the bristle at right angles to the handle and then start using it. This will allow you to get to the very back molars a lot easier
- Extend the length of your pikster by placing the clear cap on the end of the pikster handle.
- Piksters are reusable, rinse them out under water, recap them and keep them in your pocket/car/at work.
Bleeding gums are a sign of inflammation so you may notice this initially. It will settle down after the first couple of weeks. If it doesn’t, you could be pressing too hard or using the wrong size – make sure you check with your dentist.
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