By dentist Dr. Richard Mitchell
Sulcabrush is a single-tuft brush developed by a dentist who was looking for a way to help his patients who did not like to floss. Although a normal brush can clean your teeth ABOVE the gums, there is only really one way to brush teeth UNDER the gums if you have gum problems.
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A single-tuft brush.
When you have gum problems or gum disease, you almost certainly have little "pockets" under your gum edges. These are little spaces under the gum edge, down the side of the tooth. This is where bacteria hide, breeding and attacking the gums even more.
I find that patients usually do not know that they have gum disease.
The only sign may be gums that bleed on normal brushing. Patients usually think they have brushed too HARD. Actually, they are brushing too FAST, and in the WRONG AREAS!
They are missing the pockets, where masses of bacteria hide, under the gum edge around each and every tooth.
Gum pockets are very difficult to clean. This is why gum disease is so hard to keep under control, once it has started.
However, the Sulcabrush is an EXCELLENT way of cleaning down inside those pockets around your teeth! The angle of the head and the stiff bristles help you to gently "scrub" under the gum edge. This breaks up the bacteria lurking there, giving the pockets a chance to heal up.
Why is it so important to clean out that plaque from under the gum edges?
If you let that plaque build up under the gums, the bacteria will break down the gum attachment to the tooth. Then, as well as bad breath and a bad taste and bleeding gums, your teeth start to get loose, and wobble! After a period of time, a loose tooth will become painful, and the ONLY possible treatment is to EXTRACT the tooth.
NOW YOU UNDERSTAND WHY PREVENTING GUM DISEASE IS IMPORTANT!
Here's how to use it.
Take the brush by the handle, like any brush. You'll probably think that you have to push the single tuft horizontally into the little space between 2 teeth. But in fact you should line the tuft up vertically, as if you were pointing the tip of the tuft at the root tip of the tooth.
Then gently press the bristles against the tooth surface, so that the bristles splay out into a thin fan. Now slowly wiggle the brush, and at the same time slide it gently straight up towards the gum edge.
You'll see the tips of the bristles slide under the gum edge. Don't panic! This is exactly where they are supposed to go!
Continue to wiggle the brush, keeping it pressed against the tooth so that the bristles are splayed out, and move the bristles up under the gum edge as far as you can go. You are now scrubbing off the film of bacteria that your normal brush cannot reach!
Take the brush out slowly, rinse under the tap, and move onto the next tooth. With practice, you will be able to move the brush around the tooth so that you are removing the plaque from all sides of the tooth, not just the outside surface. But to start with, concentrate on the easy-to-get-at surfaces.
Regular use of a single-tuft brush has been proven to reduce bleeding gums and to slow down gum disease.
Using a single-tuft brush can take a little time to master. After that, it is easy, convenient and can even be done outside the bathroom, for example when reading a book or watching TV!
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