There is a lot of misinformation in the media of late about the necessity of flossing, most of which looks at the methods and not at the efficacy. The AMA suggested there is no benefit, yet dentists strongly support it. There is a lot of cross-talk happening. Cleaning between your teeth is the most beneficial oral cleaning you can do and is more effective than just brushing your teeth.
There is evidence of cardiovascular disease leading to heart disease that can be caused by unhealthy teeth and gums.
The mouth is largely self-cleaning and self-healing, provided that the saliva can freely circulate around the mouth and teeth. This is where interdental cleaning comes in. Teeth should always be wet with saliva to disinfect and to re-calcify the enamel. Modern diets can plug the gaps between your teeth with a biofilm (early stage plaque) that prevents saliva from circulating.
Over the years, to encourage people to floss, many attempts have been made to make flossing easier and more effective. These have ranged from dental floss to water jets. All methods have weaknesses and in some cases, like high pressure water jets, are ineffective. Dental floss does not clean the back teeth effectively due to molar indentations and brushes are generally too large for the front teeth. Therefore to effectively clean between your teeth it is necessary to use brushes at the back and dental floss at the front. This is a time-consuming operation and as such is carried out reluctantly, if at all.
The ideal equipment to make flossing easier and quicker requires combining the good points of most of the existing equipment available. The challenge of getting something between your teeth to do the cleaning in the past required something stiff like metal brushes to push between your teeth or using fine dental floss that has to be held at both ends to pull between your teeth.
This is where the Piccolo comes in.
The Piccolo is a radically new flossing device that is a companion to your toothbrush. It is the softest method of flossing available and is designed specifically to be thorough yet gentle on teeth and gums.
It comprises a handpiece (available in 5 colours) and a replaceable tip which contains an advancing, rotating filament. The key feature is this very soft, fine filament. It is grooved, not unlike a small screw, and when rotating will pull itself between your teeth, disturbing the sticky biofilm and extracting food particles before it is retracted. It has a unique action gently shearing the biofilm from the surface of the tooth with minimal contact pressure. (Removing this sticky biofilm regularly will prevent it from hardening over time to become plaque that can only be removed by your dentist.) This self-threading allows the filament to be both fine and soft. This is the only product for dental health to offer this benefit. It is unique to The Piccolo dental technology and patented worldwide.
The filament rotation thoroughly covers irregular interdental spaces both large and small and leaves you with a clean mouth, healthier gums and fresh breath.
It is quick and easy to use and like an electric toothbrush, requires no particular hand dexterity or skill.
It is suitable for all the family, particularly those with bridgework, braces or with hard-to-access oral situations.
Those with limited hand dexterity and men with large hands who have difficulty using the small, fiddly current flossing methods, will find the Piccolo easy to use.
The Piccolo is powered by a single 1.5V AA battery (primary or rechargeable) and is fully automated.
The soft Piccolo filament in action:
Grip the body in the palm of your hand, and place the tip at the interdental gap between two teeth i.e. at the gumline, then whilst your hand is squeezing the handpiece, the filament inside the tip will pull itself between your teeth to disturb plaque formation and extract food debris. It does not require insertion pressure and by your just placing the tip at the interdental gap and squeezing the handpiece, it does all the work for you. When you stop squeezing the body, the filament will retract itself, bringing with it food debris and sticky biofilm. Repeat this procedure until all teeth are cleaned.
The tip can be positioned to clean from both the front and the back of the teeth. Flossing will take between 1 to 2 minutes for your whole mouth.