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Plastic Brush Picks for Teeth

Updated on March 25, 2017
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Useful Plastic Tooth Picks

Your dentist will praise you when you show up in his chair after six months of applying these very easy to use modern tooth picks to your daily regimen. Yes, the toothpick has been redesigned, for all your oral needs.

Anyone would hesitated talking about a tooth pick, but I am now telling any reader who visits that this remake is very useful.

A few years ago it was necessary to visit the periodontics specialist to repair a deep gum pocket. In the following months I got an extra cleaning from his office and received many different brushes for eliminating plaque. I also bought a few brushes too. Finally was satisfied with a box of The Doctor's BrushPicks at a cost of about one cent each pick.

This tooth pick is made for one use only. Its slim design works where others did not because of very closely spaced teeth. Much easier to use than floss and with the gentle brush it does a good job on massaging the gums between every tooth. The brush even has a bendable tip for getting to the areas inside next to the tongue where the periodontist urged not to forget.

The pointed end has ridges for ridding the teeth of soft plaque by rubbing it against your teeth at the gum line. The point is thin and can be used for any over lapping areas of your teeth.

Sometimes the brush breaks off so be careful not to swallow if that should happen.

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Even with shipping this 250 box is about the same price as the local drug store. I have not seen them everywhere but Amazon is a convenient shopping option for them.

Back of BrushPicks box
Back of BrushPicks box

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The back of the 250 count box I can purchase at my local drug store. Of course, one would need this handy implement for life so an order of a thousand or more would be a good idea.

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If you tend to use this pick while driving in rush hour traffic please dispose of in a car trash container.

A/O 12/28/14 Email has been sent to Prestige Brands Holdings asking about the polypropylene used for these plastic tooth picks. There are biodegradable PPs manufactured. Are these picks made with such a plastic? I hope to find out.

Some days later I did get a reply from the maker. The email did not say they are made from a biodegradable plastic.

"The brushpicks are made out of Pyalene. Pyalene is a plastic resin – Polyoxymethylene Acetal Copolymer. Pyalene is in compliance with FDA Regulations and there is no antibacterial coating on the product".

I went to wikipedia with this information and I can not find any info for an everyday unscientific discussion. I am assuming it does not breakdown in our lifetime. I dumped a few picks in my compost bin for some backyard science.

© 2013 Sherry Venegas

Have you tried these picks as well?

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      Sherry Venegas 2 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Good idea, I will too. We have trash, recyclables and garden waste each week.

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Sherry, I'm glad you are concerned about the environment too. I wish more people would be.

      The mess on the side of roads is a disgrace. People think once it's out of sight, it's gone. But it's not out of sight. Imagine if others would through garbage in front of their house!

      Here where I live we have one day a week for plastic recyclables. It used to be just for plastic bottles. But now we can include anything made of plastic. If I were to use these toothpicks I'd recycle them, along with their plastic container.

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      Sherry Venegas 2 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Glenn, thanks for your concern and discussion. I have concerns about getting rid of consumer products responsively, as well. My scientific experimentation is still at the bottom of the compost pile. When I harvest it I suspect I will find the picks intact. I always put mine in the black trash that goes to a landfill that will eventually become a dirt sealed mountain. Thinking some more about it, maybe the recycle bin would be better. I would have to contact Waste Management in our area. So many people toss these things out the window of a car. I have seen plastic tooth cleaning objects all over parking lots.

      That is my concern when telling others about a product that works well for me. See if the picks are less cumbersome and worth the the trade off. They can be snipped up into tiny pieces with a good kitchen scissors. All these products unfortunately come in plastic containers. !!

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      This all sounded really good until you mentioned these picks are not biodegradable. You ended with saying you are doing a scientific test in your compost bin. I'd be curious to know what results you end up having.

      Based on the knowledge that these are made of a plastic resin, I would assume they will just fill our landfills. And worse, animals may try to eat them as food and create an internal hemorrhage.

      I would never have thought of these things until you brought up this negative side of these toothpicks.

      I may try a small package of them someday just to see what I think. I have always had trouble with certain flosses. Some get stuck between my teeth. I always have to make sure I buy the right kind. So this could be a solution.

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I must confess that I haven't tried these plastic brush picks

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Not yet, thanks for putting me onto a product I just might really like!