Smart Floss: removes up to 50% more plaque
EXPERIMENTATION IN PLAQUE CONTROL IN THE INTERPROXIMAL SPACES USING DENTAL FLOSS: Genoa University, Medicine & Surgery Faculty, Preventive Dentistry dept. January 2004
Smart Floss™, which expands during use and, specifically, when subjected to mechanical tension delivers better interdental plaque removal and helps reduce gingival bleeding.
Verification of the efficacy of Smart Floss™ dental floss by comparison with other marketed dental floss types.
TRIAL MATERIALS & METHODS
The supposed efficacy of Smart Floss™ was verified by comparison with three of the most widely used and marketed types of dental floss, in order to verify which was best suited to the needs of the patients examined.
The trial involved 40 patients divided into 4 groups.
1. The first group used a waxed dental floss (green container), with the following technical characteristics: Regular, PA 6.6, Dtex 940/136, similar to Oral B traditional waxed dental floss.
2. The second group used a monofilament dental floss (light blue container), with the following technical characteristics: PTFE, Dtex 1200, folded, slightly waxed similar to Crest Glide Floss.
3. The third used a fine dental floss (neutral container), with the following technical characteristics: Fine, PA 6.6, Dtex 700/104), similar to Butler Fine unwaxed floss.
4. The fourth group used Smart Floss™ floss (white container).
The bacterial plaque index – applying O’LEARY’s (PCR) technique, using a bi-tonal plaque indicator – was measured in each patient at the beginning and end of the trial:
The patients did not have professional oral hygiene care but were instructed in oral hygiene technique with the use of toothbrush and dental floss.
The patients were re-examined after two weeks.
All patients had integral anatomical papillary structure. They were not informed of the type of dental floss used.
All patients showed clinical improvement from the first to the second examination two weeks later, independent of the type of dental floss used.
The inter-group differences are significant, in particular with reference to the plaque index: the use of Smart Floss™ delivered a mean reduction of almost 70%, notably superior to other flosses.
Further, Smart Floss™ was more efficacious with respect to the other dental flosses in the removal of dental plaque in patients with moderate to severe parodontitis.
Smart Floss™ users showed superior plaque reduction - between 33.9% and 58% better than each of the 3 individual flosses.
Smart Floss™ users showed superior plaque reduction - 43.92% better than the average of the other three dental flosses.