Reduce bacteria that cause gum disease using The Plaque Buster
A recent study shows that massaging the gums with a gum stimulator/interdental softpick such as The Plaque Buster is actually more effective in reducing germ count than a regimen of antibiotics!
The bacteria that cause gum disease are "anaerobic," meaning they live without oxygen. Therefore, they thrive in dark spaces between the teeth, under the gums and the roots of the teeth called gum "pockets." Brushing and flossing help introduce oxygen into these pockets and also because it is helping to remove the plaque on the teeth and along the gumline.
“Massaging of the gums with the rubber tip introduces fresh air into these dead spaces. In comparing the percentage of bacteria between those who massage their gums with the rubber tip and those who took antibiotics, the rubber tipping group actually had slightly more reduction in bacterial count," says John C. Chao, D.D.S., Research Associate Professor, University at Buffalo, SUNY and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Ostrow School of Dentistry, USC.
Additional benefits of massaging your gums with an instrument such as The Plaque Buster are that plaque and fluids below the gumline are flushed out and circulation to the gums is improved.
How to Use The Plaque Buster:
Grasp The Plaque Buster firmly in your hand and place the rubber tip between the spaces between two teeth. Point the tip toward the center of the teeth. Gently press the rubber tip upward if you are massaging the upper arch, and downward if dealing with the lower arch. Gently jiggle tip of The Plaque Buster in the space directly between each tooth, concentrating on the spaces between the back teeth – both on the inside “tongue side” and outside “cheekside”.
Slight temporary soreness is to be expected. This soreness will likely disappear over two weeks. If soreness persists, then you should consult your dentist. And if you are still unsure of how to use The Plaque Buster properly, ask your hygienist or dentist for a demonstration.