Oral-B has launched a new replacement head to fit its IO range of electric toothbrushes called Specialised Clean.
It features tufted bristles for cleaning around implants and interdental spaces.
The company asked periodontist, Dr Amit Patel, to try the new head in advance of launch. He found it helped patients access and clean hard to reach areas.
Furthermore, he felt ‘it helped patients improve their oral hygiene around their implants, too’.
Specialised Clean head
Dr Patel selected 10 implant patients to test-drive the head.
Those who were shown evidence of bleeding on probing and inflammation of the peri-implant tissues were then given the Specialised Clean Oral-B IO toothbrush for a period of three months and re-evaluated both clinically and with an open-ended questionnaire to assess improvement (or otherwise).
When re-evaluating the patients after three months, the feedback was positive. Patients reported that their teeth ‘had never felt cleaner’. And that their gums felt better with no associated bleeding.
Dr Patel was encouraged that some patients suggested it was far easier to use the Specialised Clean head in the posterior region interproximally than interdental brushes. Especially if they had larger spaces.
Clinically, all patients showed a significant improvement in bleeding on probing around their implants. This was due to the reduction in plaque in these sites.
He concludes that: ‘The Oral B IO supports on-going periodontal therapy. The Specialised Clean head has a role in the maintenance of their implants’.