This product serves dual purposes – it enhances your appearance while improving your dental hygiene. As for dental health, after a typical cleaning, my hygienist recommended that I try the picks. For me, a typical cleaning means half an hour of scraping half a year’s worth of plaque off my teeth with one of those metal instruments that resembles a torture device. Since starting to use the soft plastic picks, my cleanings are done in almost half the time as before, and with way less discomfort.
Regarding appearance, I find that using this product dislodges some of those tiny food particles that the toothbrush and floss can miss. This is a bonus, as I had not expected that there would be a grooming aspect to using these picks.
Devoted MP readers know that we tend to write product reviews in two parts – one on the product’s packaging, boxing, etc.; and the other on the experience of using it. This time around, though, we’re going to short-circuit the first part, because there is quite honestly very little to talk about in terms of presentation. GUM Soft-Picks come in no-frills packaging – a generic plastic bubble glued to a standard cardboard backing. Not sexy, but perfectly practical. The packages come in various sizes, and each includes a hard plastic case that snaps shut, which you can use to take 10-20 Soft-Picks with you when you travel, or just to store them in a smaller and more convenient place, leaving more room for other grooming necessities on your counter.
You can find GUM Soft-Picks at lots of places – pharmacies, supermarkets, online, etc. I recommend the super duper value pack that Costco sells, if you become a regular user of this product. And for me, regular has come to mean twice a day, once after each brushing and flossing session. Some people may use Soft-Picks instead of floss, but I use them as a supplemental tool. The floss gets some stuff that the picks wouldn’t, while the picks knock out some very small pieces of food debris that floss tends to miss.
Using the Soft-Picks is easy. Just grab the white handle and push the soft green bristles into the gaps between your teeth, working the pick back and forth, from front to back. It helps to do it in front of a mirror; you can see what you’re doing, and make sure you’re not missing any teeth. Completing a circuit of your mouth takes only about a minute, including rinsing your mouth with water a few times during the process.
Remove plaque to make those twice-a-year cleanings go easier; stimulate your gums to keep them healthy and not receding; and keep your smile clean and ready to impress. Pick up some picks today!