Oral health is extremely important to maintaining good general health. Many modern diseases have been linked to poor oral health – for example, gum disease has been linked to cardiovascular disease, resulting in a shortened life expectancy. Biofilm (plaque), the main cause of bleeding gums, is a sticky multi-layered film that houses bacteria. Biofilm forms over 72 hours. Disturbing this process within the 72 hours stops the formation of hard plaque. Flossing once a day will disturb the formation three times in this critical period.
It is essential to break through plaque’s protective outer layer and currently this can only be done mechanically. You will be familiar with your dentist scraping away at hard plaque on your teeth during routine checkups. Carried out regularly, this keeps a handle on plaque build-up. However, it is not enough: plaque needs to be kept at bay before it gets to this stage.
Brushing alone will not remove plaque as it only cleans two-thirds of the surface of your teeth. Flossing removes both trapped food and plaque between the teeth. It is more important to floss than to brush your teeth.
Only a small portion of the population – estimated at less than 20% – carry out flossing regularly because it is difficult, fiddly and time-consuming. People can generally be divided into two groups: those who reluctantly floss; and those who feel guilty about not flossing.
The Piccolo is quick and easy to use, and is designed to overcome the issues associated with existing products.
Hold the body in one hand. Unscrew the end cap from the base and insert a 1.5v AA Energiser Ultimate Lithium battery, positive end first, into the body. Screw the end cap back into place. NOTE: When the unit starts to run slowly, after a month or two, it is time to replace the battery.
Take the replaceable tip between your fingers and insert into the head of the body. Turn clockwise a half turn until it is firmly in place. The Piccolo is now ready to use.
Clean your teeth as you normally do with your regular toothbrush. You are now ready for interdental cleaning i.e. between your teeth.
Holding the Piccolo in the palm of your hand wrap your fingers completely around the body. Place the tip at the gap between two teeth at the gum line. Now slowly squeeze the body. This operation both switches on the unit as well as advances the filament. The harder you squeeze the more the filament advances. The filament will self-thread gently into the gap between your teeth.
Allow the tip to thread in as far as it can, continue squeezing the body and pull the filament out swiping upwards between the teeth towards the top of the teeth. This will clean far more of the tooth surface.
Release the grip and repeat on the next teeth, pausing occasionally to advance the filament and rinse under a fast flowing tap to remove debris. This single operation of squeezing and releasing the body gives you complete control of the filament.
The filament will enter large interdental gaps easily. Small interdental gaps between tight teeth will be cleaned even though the filament will appear not to enter fully. The filament is designed small enough to clean under most conditions. You can feel the filament entering the gap with your tongue.
It is ideal to clean both sides (cheek side and tongue side) of your teeth on alternate days to achieve a complete cleaning, particularly with tight teeth. You will find after a while you will be able to do the inside of the teeth easily; It is a skill you pick up over time.
It is impossible for the filament to get stuck between your teeth.
With the unit still running advance the filament and rinse it under the hot tap whilst it is rotating, after each use. If you so wish, you can then remove the tip completely by a half turn anti-clockwise and place the tip in a sterilising solution until the next use.
The tips can be used multiple times but for hygienic reasons we recommend changing the disposable tip at least once a week. The handpiece just needs a quick rinse under the tap.
You can buy the Piccolo and replacement tips direct from our website (email) or on eBay.
The Piccolo is assembled in Australia therefore replacements can easily be obtained. The Piccolo has a 12 month replacement guarantee against faulty manufacture.