The prevention and management of gum disease is a lifelong commitment and depends on the daily mechanical removal of plaque, through toothbrushing and interdental cleaning . The evidence shows that gum disease can only be managed with good compliance .
The key is to recommend tools that patients will be willing to adopt and use. While flossing might be a long-established and well-known interdental cleaning method, flossing effectively is difficult . Studies have demonstrated that easier-to-use interdental brushes and rubber interdental picks are associated with greater compliance, efficacy and outcomes compared with floss  - .
- The patient-preferred interdental tool. Particularly easy to use and causes fewer gum abrasions (vs floss) .
- Designed to stimulate gingival blood flow and remove interdental plaque .
- For the periodontally healthy, for all patients on the GO. Also ideal as a first interdental for the low-compliant patient.
- The easy-to-use interdental brush for periodontally compromised patients.
- Removes up to 25% more plaque than brushes with regular filaments, thanks to its proprietary triangular bristles.
- Designed for patient comfort and control: with a gentle mouth feel.
- The easy-to-use interdental brush that offers two positions at choice.
- Provides easy access to back teeth.
- Ideal for patients with dexterity issues or wearing implants and bridges.
Leverage ease of use to help patients adopt interdental cleaning
GUM has developed a simple recommendation that allows oral care professionals to consider their patient’s periodontal health status (healthy or not) and then match it with their patient’s behaviour and motivation to propose a solution that has a good patient fit and is more likely to be adopted. We call it the ’Oral health ease-of-use ladder’.
- Evaluate your patient’s periodontal health status
- Consider your patient’s current behaviour – which tools is the patient currently using? Toothbrush only? Toothbrush and floss?
- Gauge your patient’s motivation for interdental cleaning. How many times a day does he or she brush? How many times a day/week does he or she floss or use an interdental? What is your patient’s facial expression while you are speaking to him?
- Take into account any dexterity issues
Rubber interdental cleaners, like GUM SOFT-PICKS, are the universal tool for all patients – the primary tool for the periodontally healthy and the secondary tool for periodontally unhealthy patients.
For the most hesitant, low motivation patient, irrespective of health status, always start with rubber interdental cleaners (space permitting). Patients prefer them because they are particularly easy to use and cause fewer gum abrasions . For patients needing an extra nudge, you may want to consider mint-flavored rubber interdental cleaners.
For the periodontally compromised patient, always recommend best-in-class interdental brushes, like GUM TRAV-LER – either as a second step, after the adoption of rubber interdental cleaners or right away in combination, so as to promote interdental cleaning at home and on the go.
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