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Inside Dentistry
September 2018
Volume 14, Issue 9

GUM® Proxabrush® Go-Betweens® A customizable, total solution for at-home interproximal cleaning

Kathryn Kupczyk, BS, BSDH, RDH
Private Practice Crystal Lake,
Illinois

I have worked in a large group practice for several years, which has afforded me the opportunity to provide dental care to a diverse patient population. Although each case is unique, the one constant among appointments is that the patients are seeking advice and recommendations from their trusted dental provider. We live in a world driven by customization and information. I can customize everything from my vitamins to the playlist that I listen to during my morning commute. I also have the ability to research product reviews immediately, and have things shipped to my door in a matter of hours. Knowing this is the new norm of consumer behavior, it is important for me to be able to customize the dental care that I offer my patients. This is one of the reasons I believe that the GUM® Proxabrush®Go-Betweens® line from Sunstar is an invaluable product to put in the hand of the patient. It provides a way for me to give my patients confidence in their at-home care and overall health again, and it is truly a total solution for interproximal plaque removal.

Go-Betweens now come in six different sizes and are color coded for easy recommendation in the operatory. Because the bristles are triangular and cover more surface area, statistically, they remove more plaque than an interproximal brush with rounded bristles. The recent addition of two sizes (ie, micro tight and extra wide) allows me to recommend the correct brush size(s) to patients from any age group and with any dexterity level.

The extra wide size is essential for bridge patients, especially those who also may have manual dexterity issues that hinder them from using a threading flosser in those areas, and the micro tight size of Go-Betweens is ideal when cleaning around orthodontic brackets and under lingual fixed retainers.

Those who previously found flossing to be frustrating and futile can now feel confident and competent when cleaning interproximal spaces. I recommend them to busy college students, to moms on the go who rarely have a second hand available for anything, and to parents of younger pediatric patients with normal developmental spacing. Using Go-Betweens is easier than flossing, and I do not get the same push back from patients about incorporating them into their routine. We know how important interproximal cleaning is to the health of our patients' restorations as well as their overall health. Help your patients help themselves more confidently by recommending the customizable solution of GUM Proxabrush Go-Betweens.

Key Takeaways

1. The nonslip handle, padded grips, and small size make it easy to use, and placing the cap on the handle will extend the length for hard-to-reach areas.

2. Go-Betweens cleaners combine innovative design and ease of use with multiple sizes to meet virtually all interproximal cleaning needs.

3. With a unique triangular bristle/filament design, they are ideal for bridges, implants, crowns, and orthodontics.

4. Patients who are reluctant to floss are more likely to clean interproximally with the comfortable and user-friendly Go-Betweens.

Manufacturer Information

Sunstar America
gumbrand.com
888-777-3101

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