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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Do you floss or BrytonPick? {product review}

When it comes to my teeth and dental hygiene I don’t do the best that I could, but I normally brush two to three times per day, floss and use mouthwash. In addition to my medical issues, I know it’s really important to keep up with my dental health. That’s why when I was presented with the opportunity to test BrytonPick – thanks to TheMomBlogs.com – I  didn’t hesitate to put in my request.

brytonpick The BrytonPick, which is reusable for up to 30 days, comes in a slender little pack (about as thin as a credit card) that can easily slide into a wallet or purse. It is suggested that the first time the BrytonPick is used it should be done in front of a mirror and after a meal by gently sliding it between the teeth while avoiding contact with the lips. So, that’s exactly what I did.

The first couple of slides went fairly well. I was a little nervous because the pick part is metal – steel actually – so I had a fear that it would scrap against my teeth like the tip of a fork or something and give me the hebie jebies. I’m happy to say that didn’t happen. I also thought it would be too thick – that wasn’t a problem either. At least not with the majority of my teeth. There were a few further in the back that are really tight and since it’s a slightly flexible material I couldn’t get it into a couple of spots because it would bend a little when I tried.

For me, the downside was steering clear of my lips. I barely nicked the corner of my lip and I cut it so that’s a negative for me because I need to be able to reach all of my teeth – front and back – to do a thorough job. And I don’t want to have to worry about cutting up my lips. It’s possible that once I get used to it or use it more that that wouldn’t occur. (I’ll use it again as soon as I remember where I slipped that little thing!) When using the BrytonPick you also have to be careful of the gum area. My gums are very sensitive and normally bleed anyway (yes, I know I need to get to the dentist) so it wasn’t too shocking that touching them with the Pick caused bleeding.

Since I was sent two of them – they come in different colors – I gave one to my BF to try. He said he didn’t like it much because he couldn’t get in between his teeth in the back. I asked him whether he tried from the other side of the tooth, but he doesn’t think he did. It’s possible that had he tried to clean his tooth from the inside it would have slipped right through.

Overall opinion: Like it; don’t love it – yet! I will try it again and use it for 30 days to draw a firm conclusion.

BrytonPick Facts:

The BrytonPick, a “new and unique interdental cleaner,” is made in the USA from recyclable materials and it’s reusable because of the germ-resistant stainless steel cleaning strips. It’s designed for daily and on-the-go use, and is stylish, convenient and discreet. It’s currently available at Meijer Stores, A&P, Pathmark, Winn Dixie, C&S, Kinney Drugs, Save Mart, Pearson Dental Supply and online at CVS.com and Drugstore.com.

Check out the BrytonPick site for more information, to order or watch a video of how it’s used.

Disclosure: I received samples of BrytonPick to facilitate my review, but that in no way influenced my opinions – those are my own. No other compensation was received. (Thanks to BrytonPick and TheMomBlogs.com.) More information can be found in my complete disclosure policy.

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