Dental products put to the test

Oct. 22, 2009
Three Sunstar Americas products make Top 10 of dental hygienists' favorites.

CHICAGO--According to a poll of more than 200 dental hygienists during the Under One Roof 2009 conference, three of the top current dental products are manufactured by Sunstar Americas.

These products including GUM Summit+ Toothbrush, GUM Soft-Picks, and GUM Alcohol Free Chlorhexidine Gluconate Oral Rinse.

The products were chosen from a list of 77 dental products based on their effectiveness in assisting dental health professionals in managing at least three or more areas of risk including infection, pain, oral cancer and dental caries. These results are published in the October 2009 issue of RDH® magazine.

Dental hygienists stay informed of the best and most effective ways to help patients maintain their dental health, and they know from experience that prevention is the best cure. These products were designed to keep teeth and gums clean and prevent the hassle and pain often associated with cavities.

"Whatever one feels about the current health-care reform debate, the one area appearing to have nearly universal agreement is the cost savings that can be gained through prevention and wellness," said Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS. "Dental hygienists are the professionals best suited to lead the risk-based early intervention movement."

The GUM Alcohol Free Chlorhexidine Gluconate Oral Rinse is an FDA-approved CHX rinse that contains no alcohol. Studies in the U.S. and Europe have shown that a nonalcohol CHX rinse is equally as effective as one with alcohol, but does not cause stinging and discomfort like alcohol rinses often do.

The GUM brand Chlorhexidine Gluconate Mouth Rinse is available by prescription and is available at major retail pharmacies. Professionals can purchase the product directly from Sunstar or its dealers.

The GUM Summit+ Toothbrush statistically outperforms leading toothbrushes in cleaning and plaque removal, but is gentle on gums and tissue.

GUM Soft-Picks are a comfortable and effective alternative to floss. Their design features 76 soft-rubber bristles that massage and stimulate gums to promote blood circulation and healthy, firm gum tissue.

GUM products are available through dental dealers or by calling (800) 528-8537.

For additional information, visit Sunstar Americas.

To read more about Sunstar Americas, go to Sunstar Americas.

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