What are Piksters?

Piksters are an Interdental Brush that very effectively cleans the gaps between teeth and removes decaying food particles which may cause bad breath, plaque formation and gum disease.

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About Piksters

Piksters are interdental brushes. The following is general information about interdental brushes and how they relate to gum disease and oral hygiene.

What is Plaque?

Dental plaque is a sticky residue of bacteria, acid and food particles that can irritate your gums and eat away at tooth enamel. It is the bacteria in the plaque that causes dental diseases, that is tooth decay and gum disease.
Plaque grows in protected areas on the teeth. It grows on the tooth next to the gums, in between the teeth, and in the grooves of the back teeth.If it is not cleaned off the teeth, it will eventually grow and completely cover the teeth.

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Links Between Gum Disease & Heart Disease

 

The mouth is the window to the body. It is both an indicator of the body's overall health, and a potential starting point for inflammation of the gums (periodontal disease), which affects three out of four adults age 35 and over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Several theories exist to explain the link vetween periodontal disease and heart disease. One theory is that oral bacteria can affect the heart when they enter the blood stream, attaching to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries (heart blood vessels) and contributing to clot formation.

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What about floss? How does it compare to interdental brushes?

 The fact is that most people don't floss... probably because they find it too fiddly and awkward to use  but floss is an excellent way to clean the gaps between your front teeth and if you already floss you should continue.

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Are interdental brushes only for unhealthy or inflamed gums?

No, they can be used for daily plaque control on healthy or inflamed gums in conjunction with your normal toothbrush. They are also an excellent aid for those who wear orthodontic wires or teeth that are splinted (wired together) for orthodontic retention or for periodontal support, because they clean between the teeth under the wires where it is hard to get floss. Implants need special care, as do bridges. Plastic coated interdental brushes are very good for these areas as they can clean around the artifical teeth without damaging them, and are quick and easy to use.

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