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buy a handcarved woodpick

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http://www.davidprince.org/shoppe/

The Lumberjack (David Prince or Charlene Reichert) is camped out in the Gallery. The Lumberjack whittles toothpicks and is happy to engage in conversation. Toothpicks are for sale! They are available directly from The Lumberjack in the gallery or online at  http://www.davidprince.org/shoppe/.

 

World’s Best Eco Vegan Toothbrush! Eureka!

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How is it that some people who have never used a toothbrush have also never had a cavity.  At last – after wondering and researching casually for over ten years, I have found it!



The World’s Best Eco Vegan Toothbrush!

and guess what! It’s a STICK!  cut from the roots of the licorice plant!

i have found the STICK!  my search is over!

my search ended at Shipards Herb FarmLicorice Book   and    Licorice Root
from Shipards Herb Farm: How To Order –  If know what you are after, you may order or check the availability and price of any plants by emailing us at info@herbs-to-use.com

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Improvement is noticeable within a week! using the sticks naturally improves mouth hygiene dramatically.

i have been using my licorice stick now for three days. And my  teeth have taken on opalescent or perhaps a porcelain quality – and the faint patchiness of this new whiteness emerging indicate that there is more tooth whitening to come.
whitening was the last thing I was thinking of when I thought I would give this stick a real tryout!

PS miswak inspired me to find something here in australia.  and o dear, dare i say it? i think my licorice-root stick is even better than the best miswak. it is softer than most sticks, but i will reserve opinion until i test a few different miswak sticks.

for a period of about 1 year, i have had one tiny area at the base of one tooth which was seemed always to have an infection .  the dentist discovered it, and named it as pyorrhoea and cleaned under the skin at the base of the tooth. and it was gone. yet six months later, the pyorrhoea returned.

during this three days of using my lovely  licorice-root toothbrush, the most wonderful toothbrush of all,  i now do not have the beginnings of gum disease  … yeehah

Read more from these Fans of the Stick
1 Nadia, another fan of the STICK 
Growing up on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, my Mother was given the twigs of the hibiscus tree to use as a toothbrush – they referred to this as datwan
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another possible fan, a learner’s diary blogger
3 the most excellent site all about Miswak and teeth

STOP PRESS!  UPDATE! march 2017

dawn of a new era = fancy MISWAK toothbrush    SWAK from Germany

 


 

Using Miswak has made me want to smile a lot more. Miswak has made my teeth a lot whiter. I wish I had taken pictures of my teeth two months ago. If I had, you would see a stark contrast between what my teeth looked like before I started using Miswak, and what they look like now. My teeth still aren’t perfect, but if I keep using Miswak, they will be.

Using Miswak has made me want to smile a lot more. Miswak has made my teeth a lot whiter. I wish I had taken pictures of my teeth two months ago. If I had, you would see a stark contrast between what my teeth looked like before I started using Miswak, and what they look like now. My teeth still aren’t perfect, but if I keep using Miswak, they will be.

A little history ….
Indigenous people, who typically possess a mouthful of flawless teeth, use herbs, twigs and roots to clean their teeth. Even the skulls of cavemen depict a mouthful of nearly flawless teeth. Our ancestors were using something natural to clean their teeth. Perhaps, something such as licorice root which is also an antibacterial herb that reduces plaque and has anti-cavity functions.


i have found the STICK!  my search is over!

UPDATE june 2017
because i have found my perfect toothbrush, the licorice-root, this site is now archived, still maintained. the only difference is that there are no longer any “contact” or “feedback” page. you can still comment on posts and pages.

thank you for your interest in this site dear readers – it is very widely read, so thank you for reading!       Cheers from marion

 


A replacement for Interdens

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517cure-dentsEureka, after a year of looking!

Almost as good as Interdens, if not better.

Sweden or Switzerland or Norway, they all seem to rebrand for various companies, so i  would recommend buying from Japanese as they are artisans when it comes to woodsticks. and all automated, so still get the good price.

Who made them? Interdens by GSK Glaxo Smith Kline UK and Stim U Dent by Johnson & Johnson.  I have never tried the Stimudent by either the original or the latest Chinese version marketed by natural dentist, so i cannot compare the Japanese one i recommend


I have used interdens since my mother introduced them to me as a child, in the 1960′s.  Mother had all her own teeth and she used interdens daily. the text is true “With a proper programme of oral hygiene you and interdens can help keep your natural teeth for life. “

They are the next best thing to having a neem tree – and they are affordable. They make sense to children, to adults to everyone. Get them. You won’t regret it.

The text on the interden packet:

Hold interdens stick near the centre
of its length. Moisten pointed end in
mouth. Insert in tooth space, blunt edge
next to gum. Use gentle in-out motion.
interdens sticks remove plaque from
the interdentalspaces, cleansing
surfaces not reachable by a toothbrush.
Help you keep your natural teeth for life.
Use anywhere, any time.

interdens are recognized by the dental
profession as a valuable aid to good oral
hygiene and health. They are produced from
a specially selected grade of wood for their
ideal texture, and are impregnated with a breath freshener to refresh the
mouth.
Regular use of interdens effectively remove plaque (a sticky, bacteria containing film)
From those surfaces of the teeth and gums which are not reached by ordinary toothbrushing.
The bacteria in the plaque change sugar from food which we eat or drink, into acid, which
attacks the enamel of tooth causing caries (decay). They also produce toxins which
can cause inflammation of the gums.
Removal of the plaque by a regular daily use of toothbrushing techniques and interdens
will help you maintain a healthy dental condition.
With a proper programme of oral hygiene you and interdens can help keep your
natural teeth for life.
Please note interdens may be soaked for a period in warm water which has a softening
effect for care of tender gums.

Use for children only on dental recommendation.
Read more at http://www.myconfinedspace.com/2011/02/06/from-the-collection-of-wonko-the-sane/#TqAIftgpPXFWZ0Rx.99

Hold interdens stick near the centre
of its length. Moisten pointed end in
mouth. Insert in tooth space, blunt edge
next to gum. Use gentle in-out motion.
interdens sticks remove plaque from
the interdentalspaces, cleansing
surfaces not reachable by a toothbrush.
Help you keep your natural teeth for life.
Use anywhere, any time.

interdens are recognized by the dental
profession as a valuable aid to good oral
hygiene and health. They are produced from
a specially selected grade of wood for their
ideal texture, and are impregnated with a breath freshener to refresh the
mouth.
Regular use of interdens effectively remove plaque (a sticky, bacteria containing film)
From those surfaces of the teeth and gums which are not reached by ordinary toothbrushing.
The bacteria in the plaque change sugar from food which we eat or drink, into acid, which
attacks the enamel of tooth causing caries (decay). They also produce toxins which
can cause inflammation of the gums.
Removal of the plaque by a regular daily use of toothbrushing techniques and interdens
will help you maintain a healthy dental condition.
With a proper programme of oral hygiene you and interdens can help keep your
natural teeth for life.
Please note interdens may be soaked for a period in warm water which has a softening
effect for care of tender gums.

Use for children only on dental recommendation.
Read more at http://www.myconfinedspace.com/2011/02/06/from-the-collection-of-wonko-the-sane/#TqAIftgpPXFWZ0Rx.99

DIRECTIONS FOR USE Hold interdens stick near the centre of its length. Moisten pointed end in mouth. Insert in tooth space, blunt edge next to gum. Use gentle in-out motion. Interdens sticks remove plaque from the interdental spaces, cleansing surfaces not reachable by a toothbrush. Help you keep your natural teeth for life. Use anywhere, any time.

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Regular use of interdens effectively remove plaque (a sticky, bacteria containing film) from those surfaces of the teeth and gums which are not reached by ordinary toothbrushing.

stam10470_3_bsensodene dental sticksThe bacteria in the plaque change sugar from food which we eat or drink, into acid, which attacks the enamel of tooth causing caries (decay). They also produce toxins which can cause inflammation of the gums.

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this is signed by Douglas Adams, possibly on his way to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Removal of the plaque by a regular daily use of toothbrushing techniques and interdens will help you maintain a healthy dental condition.

With a proper programme of oral hygiene you and interdens can help keep your natural teeth for life.
Please note interdens may be soaked for a period in warm water which has a softening effect for care of tender gums. Use for children only on dental recommendation.

With a proper programme of oral hygiene you and interdens can help keep yournatural teeth for life.

My Review for Jordon Woodsticks

Jordon PROS:
right thickness
right price

Jordon CONS:
artificial mint flavour
imbued with toxic fluoride
wood is not as soft, so breaks more easily in teeth

these are made in norway, where they use the white  birch.


Komon Pattern Triangular Toothpick 3 Sets x 3 from Osaka Prefecture

http://www.japansquare.com/product.asp?shocd=W03972

APPROX 10 cents each without postage from japansquare.com

This item won the gold prize in the TRADITIONAL JAPAN category of the “Most Charmingosaka triangle3 Japanese Souvenir Contest 2011″ held by the Japan Tourism Agency.
With this triangle-shaped dental pick made for cleaning the narrow space between teeth, you can remove plaque using osaka trianglethe top two surfaces, lightly press the interdental papilla with the bottom surface to massage your gums. This massage facilitates blood flow which helps prevent gum disease. These toothpicks are popular in the U.S. and Europe. You can easily take them with you to clean your teeth right after your meal. They are considered to be the most important tool for preventing gum disease in the U.S. and Europe.
●Material: Hokkaido White Birch
●Made in Osaka Prefecture
●Brand Name: Cleardent
●Color/ Design A x 3 sets, Design B x 3 sets
●Approximate Size: 65 x 5 x 220mm
●Product Weight: Approximately 6g
●Total Weight Including Packaging: Approximately 23g
●Contains: 9 packs (3 sets x 3)
●Comes with portable case
●Triangular dental toothpicks are used to conveniently clean between the teeth.

The original purpose of traditional toothpicks was for putting on food. That’s why they are called cocktail picks and are treated as kitchenware. Those round cocktail toothpicks can damage your gums.


Te Pe Dental sticks without fluoride 

apparently made in Sweden

TePe Munhygienprodukter AB

Bronsåldersgatan 5

SE-213 76 Malmö

Tel: 040-670 11 00

Fax: 040-670 11 11

info@tepe.com

Wider, pliable dental stick. Designed for wider interdental spaces. 125 dental sticks per box. Linden wood, which is recommended for wider interdental spaces.

Wider, pliable dental stick. Designed for wider interdental spaces. 125 dental sticks per box. Linden wood, which is recommended for wider interdental spaces.

Slim dental stick. For tighter interdental spaces. 125 dental sticks per box. Birch wood.

Slim dental stick. For tighter interdental spaces. 125 dental sticks per box. Birch wood.

http://www.tepe.com/products/dental-sticks/

It is recommended to use dental sticks nightly between all the interdental spaces to help prevent overnight bacteria growth. Choose a wooden stick size that will fit your interdental spaces. If necessary, let your dentist or dental hygienist find the right size for you. For extra caries protection, choose a fluoride impregnated dental stick. If you use fluoride impregnated dental sticks, wait at least half an hour before you eat or drink. The released fluoride will then stay in your mouth and help prevent dental caries.

Moisten the dental stick in your mouth before using it. This will make it last longer, be more pliable and have a better fluoride effect. Move the dental stick, flat side against gum tissue, back and forth in each interdental space. Dental sticks will clean larger surfaces if angled. If you hold one or more fingers against your chin, you will get more stability and better control.

6 Reasons Why Dentists Recommend Triangular-Shaped Wooden Dental Sticks!

1. The triangular shape.

Designed in the shape of an isosceles triangle, fit perfectly between your teeth. By placing the base of the triangle against the gum tissue, you can remove plaque from the inner tooth surfaces and massage the gum tissue all in one motion.

2. The tapered point.

The tapered point fits so perfectly between your teeth, no matter how tall or short that space is.  Perfect for dislodging food particles and plaque – keeping you clean and comfortable.

3. The wood.

Made of special wood that creates the ideal texture and flexibility when wet, they squeeze in between teeth and remove sticky plaque before it becomes tartar (the stuff your dental hygienist has to scrape off during your cleanings).  And the wood is biodegradable and comes from managed forests.

4. They stimulate your gums.

They will remove plaque and food from between your teeth, but that’s only the beginning.  The in-and-out motion used also stimulates blood flow to your gum tissue – keeping your gums nourished and healthy.

5. They’re safe.

The flexibility of the wood means they will bend or break if you push too hard – they will never shift or damage your teeth.  (Don’t try that with a conventional wooden toothpick!)

Woodsticks: On the hunt for Interdens

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The most readily available product similar to the much appreciated Interdens are the lesser quality Jordon Woodsticks.  I am thinking perhaps Interdens were being made elsewhere by a different company. Or perhaps a product equally as good. So began this hunt. Below are my findings.


Koeisha & Company Cleardent located in Kawachinagano City, in south of Osaka Description of Business Founded in 1917, Koeisha & Company is a fourth-generation manufacturer of toothpicks. The company develops all of its own manufacturing equipment. For 50 years, the company has been exporting its Dental Pick triangular toothpicks for protecting teeth to the northern European market. Only nine companies worldwide produce this toothpick, with Koeisha & Company being the only company in Japan. Taking this opportunity, the company has developed and manufactures its own original dental care products. The Doctor Pick toothpick for cleaning interdental spaces was developed in collaboration with government and academia, taking the conventional round toothpick and processing its tip into a triangular shape. This toothpick is a world first. Other products conceived by the company include: the tongue cleaner, for removing deposits from the tongue safely; the Dental Peeling Sponge for removing colored stains from teeth without damaging them; and special toothbrushes for cleaning molars. Having developed the relevant manufacturing equipment, these products are now on available for purchase. http://youtu.be/rojm49NV_Pk  Koeisha Co Ltd “Cleardent” website     and Facebook page We introduced a production machine from U.S.A. in last years in the Taisho era, and Wemade handmade toothpicks till then and I opened a way and built the basics as the local industry of today’s here to the production with the machine. White birch materials used in nothing came to be utilized for the first time till then. Thereafter, for 80 rest of life, I walked it as a professional maker, and went ahead through a study and the development of the product consistently and reclaimed the export market where it was not thought till then and brought about many new products in the domestic market. As local industry of Kawachinagano, it is taken up by the textbook of the social studies of the third grader of the elementary school, and it is come for a visit every year several schools. Cleardent makes Three types of Toothpick. The following three videos of Cleardent manufacture correspond to these three types. Cleardent has a you tube channel. 1.  Triangular “Japan Pick”  –  “DOCTOR Pick” for teeth. 2.  Triangular “Comb”  – “DENTAL Pick” for teeth. 3.  Round “Cocktail Pick” NOT for teeth, rather for use as a skewer for olives and such. http://youtu.be/aDx_XKScQKc http://youtu.be/pSmTB_of83w http://youtu.be/BN0fc7Oie94 —————————— “Doctor pick” has been developed first in the world under the technical guidance of REC (Ryukoku University Extension Center) to clean the interdental spaces after meals and massage the gum between teeth. “Doctor Pick”is made from white birch with adequate strength and stickness. The sweet material Xylitol is made from white birch too. image1 The interdental space is just like a narrow triangle shape. Removing the plaque and massaging the gum help promote the blood circulation and the prevent gum disease.(This was announced at the study of Dental division of Japan Human Factors held at Tsurumi University on September 1,2001.) Toothpick of triangle shape for interdental cleaning and massaging after meals has evolved into a quite a new Doctor Pick in line with the growing demand for prevention of gum disease. 1. Base of triangle shape fits gently to the interdental space and gives adequate massage to the gum. 2. Scrub off the stain on surface with platula side. 3. Spatula side scrubs off the plaque on the surface especially boundary of teeth and gum

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Doctor Pick 180 pieces

Triangular “Japan Pick”  – “DOCTOR Pick” Products or parts description     One end of Doctor Pick is triangular, designed according to the space between teeth. Features     Because of its shape, formed according to the space between teeth, Doctor Pick does not damage the gum or teeth, while effectively removing detritus from the teeth and massaging the gum. Field of use     In addition to general stores and drug stores, Doctor Pick is marketed to hotels and restaurants including fancy Japanese-style restaurants, after being packaged in a paper sleeve with a customer’s name printed on it. ———————————————- Triangular “Comb” – “DENTAL Pick Products or parts description     Our triangular dental picks aren’t just convenient-they’re quite simply the most important tool available for cleaning between the teeth. And they come with a carrying case. Traditional round toothpicks were originally designed for cooking purposes and used for skewering pieces of fruit and other foods. They’re basically for kitchen use, which is why they’re sometimes called “cocktail picks”. Features     And it’s a well-known fact that forcing a big round toothpick in between your teeth can and does injure your sensitive gums. But our dental picks are made triangular so they fit easily in the narrow spaces between your teeth. The two upper edges are designed to scrape away the plaque that gets lodged on the surfaces of your teeth, while the base lightly presses and massages the fleshy part of the gums between your teeth. Field of use     This massaging action promotes blood flow to the gums, which is very important for the prevention of gum disease. The practice has already gained wide acceptance in Europe and the US. You can carry a packet of our dental picks with you wherever you go and use them to care for your teeth after every meal. Dental picks are for the protection of teeth and gums, so find them sold at most pharmacies as well as in the toothbrush aisle of volume retail stores.

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Pack 1 – ? pieces with case

Pack 2 - 140 pieces with case

Pack 2 – 140 pieces with case

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“Dental Picks” are the triangular toothpicks developed according to the spaces between teeth. The section of pick is an isosceles triangle ; its two sides will clean the teeth and its base will massage the gums. An occasion uses one three angles of connected toothpicks. The raw materials use the white birch which is raw materials of the xylitol of the sweetener and have you use it in peace. With a case for carrying, it is clean for carrying around at the time of going out and is convenient at all.


pero 3Paro Fresh Sticks provide a refreshing mint flavoring for a pleasing aftertaste. Due to the Paro Fresh Stick’s triangular cross section, paro medicinal picks are ideally, suited for cleaning the tight spaces between teeth and massaging interdental gingival tissues. By moistening the toothpick in saliva before use, it will soften and be more flexible. Made in Switzerland. AND,  a good sign – it has been stamped with a seal of FSC – Forest Stewardship Council – AND not a mention of fluoride, so perhaps the mint is real essential oil of mint and not a substitute. Buy Paro  Triangular “Combs” with mint  –    6 packs of 96 sticks for $USD 45.90  including flat postage rate to australia  – that’s 8 cents per stick. ———- Paro Fresh Sticks makes 3 types of Sticks: 1.  Flat Double End – #1750 – paro solidox, 96pcs 
double-ended 2. Triangular “Combs” Thin – #1751 – paro micro-stick, 96pcs 
super-thin 3. Triangular “Combs” with mint – #1755 – paro fresh-stick, 96pcs paro 2


Stim-U-Dent used to be branded by Johnson & Johnson. $_35 Now you can buy Stim-U-Dent branded by Revive Personal Products, trademarked the Natural Dentist : Dental Depot      Amazon      Walgreens      Stimudent Thin from  Amazon           Western Dental 144 packs made in china Paterson Dental     Johnson & Johnson Stim-U-Dent® Plaque Removers are soft wooden picks shaped to clean between teeth and gently stimulate gums. These biodegradable interdental cleaners are made from Basswood (Linden) from managed forests in Michigan and are clinically proven to fight gingivitis by removing plaque from between teeth. American Wholesale 12 packs     All rights to Stim-U-Dent were sold by Johnson and Johnson in 2008 to Revive Personal Products, a division of Caldwell Consumer Health. J&J is no longer manufacturing the product. Product now distributed by Revive Personal Products ————- 41tyFrfanxL._SL500_Feedback from Amazon customers who bought what they thought was the original high-quality orangewood product produced under Joihnson & Johnson: I specifically ordered these STIMUDENTS because they were advertised as the “Johnson and Johnson” product, but when I received them they were a product made in China by “Revive Personal Products”. I’d used this brand before and they tended to break, split, or get soggy. THe exterior packaging and wording are almost identical to the J&J packaging, so they LOOK like the real Stimudents. —-

The item pictured and advertised as a genuine Johnson & Johnson product was not a JNJ product. Amazon should not advertise it as Johnson & Johnson. The original product was superior to the product that is being sent to customers who answer the Johnson & Johnson ad.
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This product was formerly produced in the US. It now comes from China and it has a rather nasty aftertaste and collapses easily.
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StimudentBetween StimudentPk stimudentsOutOfPk Stimudents are simply a very thin wooden toothpick made of orangewood (from an orange tree – a softwood). You can buy them in many drug stores (especially CVS and Walgreens) or super markets.  They work just as well as floss to clean between your teeth. (They can be hard to find, but you can call Johnson & Johnson at 800-526-3967.  Wait until the automatic answering system gives you a choice to go to the oral health section.  Once there you can speak to a representative who can tell you all the stores in your area where they are sold.)  Simply break one off , wet the end by sucking on it, and begin cleaning between each of your teeth just as you would use a toothpick at a restaurant. Notice that the Stimudents have a wedge shaped cross section. The flat edge is placed closest to the gums while the point is pointing toward the edges of the teeth . The Stimudents are pushed as far between the teeth as they will go. You can reach the furthest spaces back in your mouth as I am doing here. At first, you will experience some bleeding and some discomfort because the plaque bacteria have caused a chronic infection in the gums, and like any infected tissue, it hurts when it is touched. However the pain and bleeding subsides within a week or two after you start using them. These little sticks are worth their weight in gold, because they have worked so well to cure so many of my more motivated patients’ chronic periodontal disease.  Since they are disposable, the patient does not have to be near running water to use them.  They frequently use them while commuting to work or watching television. It feels great to use them, especially after the disease clears up, and once patients notice that the bleeding has stopped and their teeth are no longer mobile, they feel good about themselves. Stimudent this is a fairly decent attempt by Natural Dentist to give the people what tey want, including putting out a thick version and a thin Version, to get chinese to package it as Stimudent as in the very good product made of orange wood sold by johnson and johnson   = but it just does not come up to scratch, as these bad review below. Bad Reviews on Amazon for Stimudent copy Made in China by Revive Personal Products http://www.bleedinggums.co\\m/stim-u-dent/   stick sudHeaderMobile 6 Reasons Why Dentists Recommend It!

1. The triangular shape.

Designed in the shape of an isosceles triangle, Stim-U-Dent Plaque Removers fit perfectly between your teeth. By placing the base of the triangle against the gum tissue, you can remove plaque from the inner tooth surfaces and massage the gum tissue all in one motion.
2. The tapered point.

The tapered point fits so perfectly between your teeth, no matter how tall or short that space is.  Perfect for dislodging food particles and plaque – keeping you clean and comfortable.
3. The wood.

Made of special wood that creates the ideal texture and flexibility when wet, Stim-U-Dent Plaque Removers squeeze in between teeth and remove sticky plaque before it becomes tartar (the stuff your dental hygienist has to scrape off during your cleanings).  And the wood is biodegradable and comes from managed forests.
4. They stimulate your gums.

Stim-U-Dent Plaque Removers will remove plaque and food from between your teeth, but that’s only the beginning.  The in-and-out motion used also stimulates blood flow to your gum tissue – keeping your gums nourished and healthy.
5. They’re safe.

The flexibility of the wood means Stim-U-Dent Plaque Removers will bend or break if you push too hard – they will never shift or damage your teeth.  (Don’t try that with a conventional wooden toothpick!)

Carbamide peroxide

Most people are familiar with carbamide peroxide since it is the agent most commonly used for bleaching (whitening) the teeth.  The dental profession has recently begun to recommend carbamide peroxide as a means of preventing periodontal disease and tooth decay in patients who are unable to carry out normal oral hygiene measures such as regular brushing and flossing.  For patients like these, rubber trays are fabricated to fit over both the teeth and the gingiva.  The tooth indents in the trays are filled with 10% carbamide peroxide and the patient wears the trays for two hours once a day, or overnight.  The carbamide peroxide breaks down into 3.5% hydrogen peroxide and 6.5% urea when it contacts plaque.  The urea further breaks down into ammonia and carbon dioxide under the action of bacteria.  The hydrogen peroxide kills the plaque bacteria, and the ammonia raises the PH of the plaque neutralizing the acid that causes tooth decay.

– See more at: http://doctorspiller.com/Prevention.htm#sthash.Zy7HuPXp.dpuf

Using toothpicks (Stimudents)

Stimudent Stimudent Stimudent

StimudentStimudents are simply a very thin wooden toothpick made of orangewood. You can buy them in many drug stores (especially CVS and Walgreens) or super markets.  They work just as well as floss to clean between your teeth. (They can be hard to find, but you can call Johnson & Johnson at 800-526-3967.  Wait until the automatic answering system gives you a choice to go to the oral health section.  Once there you can speak to a representative who can tell you all the stores in your area where they are sold.)  Simply break one off (see the middle image above), wet the end by sucking on it, and begin cleaning between each of your teeth just as you would use a toothpick at a restaurant. Notice that the Stimudents have a wedge shaped cross section (see the image at the right). The flat edge is placed closest to the gums while the point Stimudent is pointing toward the edges of the teeth .The Stimudents are pushed as far between the teeth as they will go (see the rightmost image in the grouping of three above). You can reach the furthest spaces back in your mouth as I am doing here. At first, you will experience some bleeding and some discomfort because the plaque bacteria have caused a chronic infection in the gums, and like any infected tissue, it hurts when it is touched. However the pain and bleeding subsides within a week or two after you start using them. These little sticks are worth their weight in gold, because they have worked so well to cure so many of my more motivated patients’ chronic periodontal disease.  Since they are disposable, the patient does not have to be near running water to use them.  They frequently use them while commuting to work or watching television. It feels great to use them, especially after the disease clears up, and once patients notice that the bleeding has stopped and their teeth are no longer mobile, they feel good about themselves. – See more at: http://doctorspiller.com/Prevention.htm#sthash.Zy7HuPXp.dpuf


cleanpicDr.Collins Cleanpics aren’t just your ordinary toothpick, they are so much more! When you think of toothpicks, you picture small round wooden sticks that break easily and can hurt gums. Dr.Collins Cleanpics are in function the complete opposite. Cleanpics look like little swords, small, thin, and flat with a curved edge. This makes it a breeze to slide in between teeth, even through tight spaces. Each cleanpic is made to be fully flexible, making it incredibly easy to reach those hard to reach places. Cleanpics are also textured on each side to grab and pick up debris with no trouble. Each box is a portable carrying case that fits 32 cleanpics, so you can always have one ready to use. Keep them in your pocket, purse, car, anywhere! Made in the USA


http://www.dentalfloss.co.uk/floss/idb/ this swiss company Peri-dent Limited Suite 3 – First Floor Suite, Anderson Chambers, Market Street, Galashiels, Scotland TD1 3AF Tel: + 44 (0) 1896 754400 Fax: + 44 (0) 1896 754402 e: info@perident.co.uk appear to be made by jordon

DENTAL STICKS

The triangular shape of our dental sticks is designed to fit neatly into interdental spaces, and protect your gums and dental enamel from being damaged during the cleaning process. Our dental sticks are made of birch wood which works as a natural disinfectant, its texture and gently abrasive surface removes plaque efficiently and effectively. Available with a single or double end, and flavour can be added if required. Packaging options include plastic sleeves, carton displays, pocket packs and table containers. Jordan-sticks-blister-pack-390px

Wood Sticks

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 do you remember when most kids had perfect teeth? i do. my mother taught me to use a wood stick.  i forgot for 4o years, now after a lot of surface work, i use hyd. perox. and WOODSTICK for PERFECT TEETH!

Interdens

I have used interdens since my mother introduced them to me as a child, in the 1960′s.

They are the next best thing to having a neem tree – and they are affordable. They make sense to children, to adults to everyone. Get them. You won’t regret it.

The text on the interden packet:

Hold interdens stick near the centre
of its length. Moisten pointed end in
mouth. Insert in tooth space, blunt edge
next to gum. Use gentle in-out motion.
interdens sticks remove plaque from
the interdentalspaces, cleansing
surfaces not reachable by a toothbrush.
Help you keep your natural teeth for life.
Use anywhere, any time.

interdens are recognized by the dental
profession as a valuable aid to good oral
hygiene and health. They are produced from
a specially selected grade of wood for their
ideal texture, and are impregnated with a breath freshener to refresh the
mouth.
Regular use of interdens effectively remove plaque (a sticky, bacteria containing film)
From those surfaces of the teeth and gums which are not reached by ordinary toothbrushing.
The bacteria in the plaque change sugar from food which we eat or drink, into acid, which
attacks the enamel of tooth causing caries (decay). They also produce toxins which
can cause inflammation of the gums.
Removal of the plaque by a regular daily use of toothbrushing techniques and interdens
will help you maintain a healthy dental condition.
With a proper programme of oral hygiene you and interdens can help keep your
natural teeth for life.
Please note interdens may be soaked for a period in warm water which has a softening
effect for care of tender gums.

Use for children only on dental recommendation.
Read more at http://www.myconfinedspace.com/2011/02/06/from-the-collection-of-wonko-the-sane/#TqAIftgpPXFWZ0Rx.99

Hold interdens stick near the centre
of its length. Moisten pointed end in
mouth. Insert in tooth space, blunt edge
next to gum. Use gentle in-out motion.
interdens sticks remove plaque from
the interdentalspaces, cleansing
surfaces not reachable by a toothbrush.
Help you keep your natural teeth for life.
Use anywhere, any time.

interdens are recognized by the dental
profession as a valuable aid to good oral
hygiene and health. They are produced from
a specially selected grade of wood for their
ideal texture, and are impregnated with a breath freshener to refresh the
mouth.
Regular use of interdens effectively remove plaque (a sticky, bacteria containing film)
From those surfaces of the teeth and gums which are not reached by ordinary toothbrushing.
The bacteria in the plaque change sugar from food which we eat or drink, into acid, which
attacks the enamel of tooth causing caries (decay). They also produce toxins which
can cause inflammation of the gums.
Removal of the plaque by a regular daily use of toothbrushing techniques and interdens
will help you maintain a healthy dental condition.
With a proper programme of oral hygiene you and interdens can help keep your
natural teeth for life.
Please note interdens may be soaked for a period in warm water which has a softening
effect for care of tender gums.

Use for children only on dental recommendation.
Read more at http://www.myconfinedspace.com/2011/02/06/from-the-collection-of-wonko-the-sane/#TqAIftgpPXFWZ0Rx.99

Hold interdens stick near the centre of its length. Moisten pointed end in mouth. Insert in tooth space, blunt edge next to gum. Use gentle in-out motion. Interdens sticks remove plaque fromthe interdental spaces, cleansing surfaces not reachable by a toothbrush. Help you keep your natural teeth for life. Use anywhere, any time.

mB5gAVHU1AKqpi4Nbdy5YYQInterdensinterdens2 are recognized by the dental profession as a valuable aid to good oral hygiene and health. They are produced from a specially selected grade of wood for their ideal texture, and are impregnated with a breath freshener to refresh the mouth.

Regular use of interdens effectively remove plaque (a sticky, bacteria containing film) from those surfaces of the teeth and gums which are not reached by ordinary toothbrushing.

stam10470_3_bThe bacteria in the plaque change sugar from food which we eat or drink, into acid, which attacks the enamel of tooth causing caries (decay). They also produce toxins which can cause inflammation of the gums.

Removal of the plaque by a regular daily use of toothbrushing techniques and interdens will help you maintain a healthy dental condition.

With a proper programme of oral hygiene you and interdens can help keep your natural teeth for life.
Please note interdens may be soaked for a period in warm water which has a softening effect for care of tender gums. Use for children only on dental recommendation.


Now that Interdens are not available at every Chemist in Australia (chemists are no longer offered them, probably because they are no longer supplied by the usual companies, Oral B and Sensodyne), the alternative is Jordon Dental Sticks, an inferior product, in many user’s estimation – the Interden was made of orangewood. The Jordon dental stick is made of Birch. Does the job equally well, if not better, as the birch is not so smooth, slightly more rough than the orange wood, though they break more easily.  The orange wood was soooooo comfortable!  The Jordon Dental Stick is hugely expensive compared to the Oral B and Interden by Sensodyne.


Jordon Dental Sticks    and  Facebook page

JORDANBuy Jordan Dental Sticks

AUS 14.50 + AUD 6 Post for all Australia.

= AUD 20.50 for 12 combs (of 24 sticks)

= 2050 cents  divided by 12 combs = $1.71 per comb = 6.8 cents each stick.

wisdom-logoA not inexpensive product distributed in Australia by Wisdom.  Is it wise to support this company? You are the one with the money. I did find some in a chemist in West End Brisbane and to my dismay, it is laced with fluoride.

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Jordan has four Dental Stick Products: I do not know where one can buy the first 3, the 4th can be bought in Aust. – the product mentioned above, “Jordon Dental Sticks” – probably a good thing.  If they are putting flouride in the Jordan, I can imagine that it is “open slather” when it comes to what chemical cocktail could we devise for a lovely minty-type flavouring?

1.  Flat Double End – Thin with fluoride

2.  Flat Double End – Extra Thin with fluoride

3. Triangular  “Loose”  flavoured with mint

4. Triangular “Combs” with fluoride – “Jordon Dental Sticks”

Flat Double End

Flat Double End

Triangular

Triangular “Loose”

Jordon the company and Toothpick factory began in 1837

1966 – Production of dental sticks starts
In the middle of the 1960s oral health started to become a matter of serious public interest. At that time Jordan established links with a hygienist at the Department of Dentistry while the production department employed a designer for the first time. The purpose of these innovative moves was to ensure that Jordan maintained a consistent developmental lead over the competition, a task that was seen as the highest priority. In 1966, Jordan decided to work all-out on the production of dental sticks. It was one of the leading periodontists, Professor Jens Wærhaug, who suggested that Jordan should develop and produce dental sticks. The goal was to create a cleaner for dental spaces which would be both more effective and easier to use than dental floss. Although many were sceptical Jordan chose to follow this advice and the product was subsequently proven to be viable.

However, the new product required new production methods. Hand milling the plates proved to be time consuming and expensive, so the company decided to construct a fully automated machine that could produce 40 000 dental sticks per sheet.

Another specially developed product, which over the years has shown steady growth, was introduced at this time: the single-pack dental stick. From modest beginnings in the 1980s, demand for this product has grown over the years and they can now be found on most flights and restaurants throughout Europe.
1967 – A new modern wood factory is built on Flisa
With the move into dental sticks Jordan realised that it needed to relocate its wood store, then located in Oslo, to a location near to where the raw materials were produced. This would result in substantial savings in transportation costs, a reduction in inventory, and the release of valuable assets. Åsnes municipality, located in Solør, was selected as the ideal location. It was close to the supply of timber and the site was 38 acres in size with the option to purchase an additional 30 acres. Jordan’s offer was accepted and the planning of a new and modern wood factory at Flisa begun. In autumn 1967, the turf cutting ceremony took place and by the end of 1968-1969, after a brief period of trial and the commissioning of machines, regular production started on the site and the wood division completed its move from Oslo to Flisa. Over the next few years, other production capabilities were transferred from Oslo to Flisa, and by the end of 1972 the factory had 60 employees.
1970 – Jordan wins Export Prize
This year saw Jordan awarded the Norwegian Trade Council’s prize for exports, sponsored by SAS. The award was made in recognition of the company’s pioneering efforts in export marketing.
Later that year, dental floss was introduced to the oral hygiene range, while mouthwash was introduced in the Norwegian market. Along with toothbrushes, dental floss and dental sticks this created a comprehensive oral care offer from Jordan.
In 1971, Jordan took over the distribution of Kleenex tissues and Brylcreem in the Norwegian market. This agreement ended in the late 1970s.

In 2012, Orkla acquired Jordon

from the facebook page:  220px-Wilhelm_Jordan_(industrialist)With recent innovations and the introduction of new products the dental stick is going through a resurgence in popularity and for very good reasons. You see every tooth has five surfaces yet the toothbrush cleans only three of them – the wooden dental stick has a triangular shape that copies the interdental space much better than a nylon brush or tape enabling you to reach the last two surfaces between the teeth. More than this though the wooden stick has a few very distinct advantages – the fibres in 220px-Jordan1952the wood have much better cleaning effect than a nylon brush or tape and secondly the wooden dental sticks contains fluoride to help fluoridate those hard to reach places and of course the wooden dental stick is environmentally friendly.  To order Jordan dental sticks please email info@wisdombrands.com.au or phone 1300 055 676.

Watch a short You Tube by Jordon


Saruya Toothpick Specialty Store

Japan Picks Handmade    http://www.nihonbashi-saruya.co.jp/products/senryobako.html

Musubi-noshi ToothStick

Musubi-noshi ToothStick

another review

another review   

http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Ttoothpick-KUROMOJI_149308712.html

http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Ttoothpick-KUROMOJI_149308712.html

http://www.nihonbashi-saruya.co.jp/

david prince handmade woodstick

senryobako-b 1Nihonbashi Saruya is the only specialty store in Japan for yoji (Japanese picks). Established about 300 years ago, it has continuously supplied picks to Japanese people since the Edo era.

In Japan, mass-produced picks made of Japanese white birch are the most popular. However, long ago, picks were made from many different types of trees, including willow, white willow, and deutzia. Saruya picks are made from kuromoji tree wood, which is prized for its flexibility and aromatic scent. Even now, craftsmen hand-carve these picks, one by one.

The store master, Ryota Yamamoto, explains, “Many fans just refer to these picks as kuromoji rather than kuromoji yoji. There’s an attractive quality about kuromoji that can’t be found in any other kind of yoji.”

“Let me tell you this,” he continues. “Here’s why we pay so much attention to a small detail like a pick. We believe it shows the spirit of iki.”

Iki is an aesthetic ideal of Japanese commoners regarding what’s chic, cool, and sophisticated in fashion and attitude. While inexpensive, convenient mass-produced yoji may be “good enough” for use, people continue to value cool details. Saruya picks play a role in passing on the iki legacy of style.

However, Nihonbashi Saruya doesn’t just stick to traditional values. This store develops new products while paying scrupulous attention to packaging. Kuromoji picks are used by premier restaurants and are also popular gifts. For example, Samurai Yoji picks may intrigue international visitors. The wrappers display short Edo era samurai expressions in Japanese like Matarei (“Please wait!”) and Korenite gomen (“Goodbye now!”) with English translations. These picks are inexpensive, and they make ideal gifts.

Nihonbashi Saruya
http://www.nihonbashi-saruya.co.jp/

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$4.18 for 125 woodsticks

TePe Dental Sticks 125

Triangular shaped toothpicks, slim birchwood. TePe Toothpick

Only one of the eight woodsticks is not laced with poisonous fluride.  What a shame.  i am glad that they have left one without.  $4.18


Dr-Dental Spa

P1010825Buy Woodsticks

Clean your teeth faster and better then flossing!     Flossing is not very effective at all!

In 2008 there has been a very good scientific review of teeth cleaning methods done by the Academic Dental Centre of the University of Amsterdam. This review came to  the conclusion: Only one method has proven preventative efficacy in reducing gum inflammation: the anatomical designed triangular woodstick.

 Despite this research more and more plastic products come on the market that are Drs Fred M. Timmermansusually round shaped brushes and far more expensive without any research on efficacy. Many people have trouble using floss and would love something better.

 Cleaning teeth now has become easier then ever with the ecologically re-invented anatomically correct Dr. Dental Spa woodsticks. They are made from natural desinfecting Birchwood (contains the natural birch sugar xylitol). Read the scientific evidence and STICK with us and go ECO!

SUSTAINABLE ECO WOOD   These woodsticks are made from Birch wood from sustainable forestry in the greenest part of North East China, near to the Russian border where protected animals as Leopards and Tigers are still in their natural habitat. The sticks are cleaned, hardened and sterilised at 120 degrees Celsius (ISO9001:2000 certification) before being packed in 100 piece minipacks without blisters (to save plastic).

The optimal replacement for the discontinued woodsticks from O.B.  The discontinuation actually was the reason that the founder of the brand Dr. Dental Spa (Dr. Frederik M. Timmermans, MSc Dentist) started a quest for a good or maybe even better replacement dental woodstick. And he has found one! The Chinese birch wood that is used to make these sticks is just a bit harder then the European birch but still flexible, so that it does not break easily. It has a slightly rough surface that acts as a brush to the teeth and cleans intensely. This is where most plastic toothpicks fail completely.

Dr-Dental Spa

The brand Dr. Dental Spa was created in 2012 by Dr. Fred M. Timmermans, DDS In New Zealand. He was very dissapointed that there were hardly any good interdental cleaners on the market that were also ecologically friendly. More and more plastic products have entered on the market, but none with the qualities of an anatomically formed wooden stick. So here was an opportunity to create a better and more sustainable product for a really affordable price.

The name was chosen because Dr Timmermans has created a Dental Spa in Picton New Zealand, a very special dental practice with holistic healing and a passion for prevention.


Japan Picksjapanpicks from Koeisha & Co
Branded by Scanderra Dental Hygiene Products
Triangular Toothpick with high-tech cut

A new and patented product that combines the ease and convenience of regular toothpicks and the medical benefits of triangular dental sticks recommended by dentists.

Regular toothpicks with widespread use after meals are rounded in diameter. When penetrating the interdental area between two teeth, they put pressure on the gums and cause injuries to them.

The new, patented triangle-shape toothpick features a precise cut that gives the tip of the stick a triangle shape, while at the same time offering all the convenience of ordinary toothpicks.

Toothpick dental stick

Dentists recommend triangular shaped toothpicks as handy tool for interdental cleaning.

Toothpicks as they are known today originate to a great extent from Japan, where a hole city became known as the capital of toothpick-making. Scanderra Japan Picks originate from this city. They are still made there using original Japanese birch tree wood.

Patented High-Tech

For the new generation of toothpicks, a special processing technique has been developed under technical guidance of the Japanese University Research Centre REC and combines the expertise and craftsmanship of a toothpick producer in third generation and modern automatised and computer-controlled production techniques.

Features

  • Triangle-shaped tip
  • Cleaning of interdental spaces after meals
  • Effective plaque removal due to the triangular shape
  • Stimulating massage of the gums, thus increasing blood circulation
  • Reducing bad breath
  • Spatula-shaped back and high-flex wood
  • Scrubbing off plaque on tooth surface, especially along boundary of teeth and gums
  • High-quality white birch wood reduces harm of tooth and gums
  • No splintering
  • Recommended by Dentists
  • From the hometown of Japanese toothpick manufacturing

Japan Picks from Koeisha & Co

edel+white® Japan Picks – a cult object

Branded by Edel + White

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The raw material for the first Japanese toothpicks was obtained from Kawachinagano near Osaka. The first toothpick makers settled there and became world-renowned for their quality products.

Although most have vanished due to international competition, some specialized makers still survive.

Japan Picks are still manufactured in Kawachinagano and  follow the great traditions and craftsmanship of Japanese toothpick making.

In Europe, toothpicks have a relatively short history. They became popular among the aristocracy of the middle ages. In Asia, on the other hand, toothpicks, whose birthplace is India, travelled with Buddhism to China, Korea and then in 538 AD to Japan. In Buddhist tradition, the toothpick is the first out of the «18 Essential Items» that a Buddhist monk is allowed to possess.

dpJapanese birch wood picks with mint flavor from edel+white® are really refined! With their elegant three-edged form, the nearly unbreakable Japanese birch wood and the refreshing flavor they represent the finishing touch of every sophisticated table and cuisine.

edel+white® Japan Picks combine the convenience of triangular-cut dental sticks with regular toothpicks.

The triangular cut perfectly matches the shape of the spaces between teeth and cleans them without harming the gums. The spatula on the back of each stick can be used to remove debris from teeth surfaces.

Selected Japanese birch wood guarantees splinter-free flexibility and strength.

Japan Picks are not to be confused with toothpicks, which are simple and round shaped. They are not adequate for dental care due to their shape.

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japan picksBuy Japan Picks from edel+white®  – 6 packs (approx. 50 sticks per pack) + post to Aust. $AUD 25.00 – that’s about 8 cents per stick

The Japanese birch wood picks with fresh mint taste combine the convenience of triangular-cut dental sticks with regular toothpicks. The triangular cut perfectly matches the shape of the spaces between teeth and cleans them without harming the gums. The spatula on the back of each stick can be used to remove debris from teeth surfaces. Selected Japanese birch wood guarantees splinter-free flexibility and strength.


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100 sticks for 1.55 GBP = AUD 2.78  

how much would post cost – open account with wilko.com


Postmedental.com

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Crest Glide Floss Picks

Wisdom

Price: AUD 6.00 + postage AUD 10.00 = AUD 16.00 DIVIDED by 100 toothpicks = 16 cents each stick


 John Bull’s Toothpick Holder 1

Bull was a packet ship captain, part of an international mail service centred on Falmouth

Cornwall was once a post office for the world. From 1688 to the 1850s, fast ships known as packets continually set off and arrived to a timetable in Falmouth. Their routes took them across the Atlantic to north and south America and down to Lisbon and the Mediterranean. This silver pig tooth-pick holder was bought in Portugal by one of the most famous Falmouth packet captains, John Bull. Packets were lightly laden so there was plenty of room for ‘trading on one’s own account’ or smuggling as it was less politely known. Tradition states that Bull had to buy back his pig when smuggled goods were auctioned off by the Customs at Falmouth


The shape of sticks to come!
Perio Sticks™  fit comfortably between teeth, stimulate gums, and remove plaque and food particles like no other dental stick. Feels so good! Professionally designed for efficacy and comfort with a slim, yet curving, triangle profile.

• Double-sided
• Eco-certified Nordic birch
• Tapered, anatomical profile
• Naturally biodegradable
• No added dyes or flavor
• Extra-thin, for tight spaces

– See more at: http://drtungs.com/index.php?id_product=36&controller=product#sthash.z0unKyye.dpuf

The shape of sticks to come!
Perio Sticks™  fit comfortably between teeth, stimulate gums, and remove plaque and food particles like no other dental stick. Feels so good! Professionally designed for efficacy and comfort with a slim, yet curving, triangle profile.

• Double-sided
• Eco-certified Nordic birch
• Tapered, anatomical profile
• Naturally biodegradable
• No added dyes or flavor
• Extra-thin, for tight spaces

– See more at: http://drtungs.com/index.php?id_product=36&controller=product#sthash.z0unKyye.dpuf

Dr Tung’s Perio Sticks       6 pk: Perio Sticks™ X-THIN  $24

The above link provides you with a huge list of Australin  Health food shops which carry Perio Sticks.

Buy from: Luckyvitamin.com          iHerb.com        Smilox.com

6 pk: Perio Sticks™ X-THIN

The shape of sticks to come!
Perio Sticks™  fit comfortably between teeth, stimulate gums, and remove plaque and food particles like no other dental stick. Feels so good! Professionally designed for efficacy and comfort with a slim, yet curving, triangle profile.

• Double-sided
• Eco-certified Nordic birch
• Tapered, anatomical profile
• Naturally biodegradable
• No added dyes or flavor
• Extra-thin, for tight spaces                                Thin, for normal to tight spaces
– See more at: http:36-146-large_default//drtungs.com

Dr. Tung’s Perio Sticks Plaque Removers Thin 80 Sticks

Dr. Tung’s Perio Sticks Plaque Removers Thin fit comfortably between teeth, stimulate gums, and remove plaque and food particles like no other dental stick. It feels so good! Professionally designed for efficacy and comfort with a slip, yet curving, triangle profile.

What are Perio Sticks made from?
Perio Sticks are made from selected parts of the Nordic birch tree. Only a small amount of the wood from each tree has the qualities for these shaped, flattened Perio Sticks – the wood must be both strong and flexible. The wood is harvested from sustainably managed forests in Scandinavia, and is not treated with dyes or flavoring.

How Thin are Perio Sticks?
Even the Thin Perio Sticks are far thinner than regular toothpicks or any dental stick available at a drugstore. The shape and thinness allows them to easily penetrate between the teeth and remove plaque and food particles. Plus, they are so comfortable, you may find yourself recommending the clean feeling to your friends! The X-Thin Perio Sticks are the thinnest sticks availableTest anywhere and are especially useful for those with extra-tight spaces between teeth.

Natural Dental Products that People Love
Dr. Tung’s products have grown out of a passion for bringing healthy smiles naturally. Since their small beginnings, Dr. Tung’s has always been on the leading edge – they introduced the first commercially available tongue cleaner in 1997, before tongue cleaning was commonly known in the USA, and they now provide innovative products for fresher breath and healthier smiles to major natural supermarkets and health sTU-06_300tores across the country.

Dr. Tung’s Mission:

Their philosophy is based on the concept of “total health” – an approach which emphasizes the role of oral hygiene in overall health. Good oral health is an integral part of overall health, and they integrate modern and traditional knowledge to produce highly effective products.
To deliver more effective, nature-based oral care products which contribute to improve health and well-being.
Offer high-quality benefits with the smallest possible environment footprint.
They use only natural ingredients, most wild-crafted and organic, and have a long-term commitment to recyclable and biodegradable materials. Most of their plastic is made with EcoPure, an additive that allows the microbes in an active microbial environment to colonize on the plastic and digest the polymer.
Yes. Teeth, breath and gums love Dr. Tung’s!

2 Testimonials on Amazon

I’m on the road a lot and during those times when I can’t brush my teeth, these are perfect. Small package with a sliding tin top. Easy to clean between the teeth and you can also use them to get under the sulcus (gum line) without causing bleeding. Don’t know how I got along without them!

For healthy gums, especially as you grow older, ordinary brushing by any means is not enough. Using wooden sticks designed for cleaning between teeth I have learned through years of solid results is the preferred addition to brushing. I have tried various wood products; this one is superior to what you are likely to find in your local pharmacy. Why? Better wood is used, the kind of wood I discovered on a trip to Scandinavia where many restaurants provide quality sticks on tables. These Perio Sticks are also better designed, allowing use from both ends. They are very narrow, allowing you to get in between teeth that are rather close together. Most important to understand, is that wooden sticks are much better than various plastic products. Why? Because the wood does a better job of removing junk stuck on teeth; just remember as you use these to keep wiping the wood sticks clean as you keep cleaning between teeth. You may be amazed at how much stuff the wood picks up.


Dr Barmans Dental Woodsticksdr barmans pick

http://www.interdentalbrushes.com.au/accessories/?product=669

Dr Barman’s Dental Woodsticks

JUST ARRIVED: NOW IN STOCK!

Can’t get your usual toothpick any longer? Try Dr Barman’s!

Some people prefer using a toothpick for cleaning the interdental spaces. Dr. Barman’s Dental Woodsticks are made from Swedish birch. Their double ended format allows both ends of the stick to be used. Their slim pliable design conforms to the natural curvature of your teeth, for comfort in cleaning. Flavoured with mint and xylitol.

Approx 100 toothpicks per pack.

Buy 12 packs and save!


About studies on Plaque-Removing with Woodsticks

Two intraindividual studies were performed on 35 persons treated for periodontal disease to investigate the plaque preventing effect of five different types of triangular toothpicks: Stim-U-Dent® (Balsa), Jordan® (Birch), Te-Pe® (Lime), Sanodent® (Birch) and Alfa® (a polymeric one) and four toothpicks of which three were wooden of the same shape and one was polymeric with a similar shape: Birch, Lime, Limba (Jordan A/S), and polymer (Fixident). Only teeth in contact with neighboring ones and with open interdental spaces were included in the study. The plaque-removing ability of the toothpicks was registered by estimating the amount of plaque accumulation at the end of each experimental period (2 weeks) according to a Plaque Index (Silness & Löe 1964) modified for plaque registration on 10 surfaces around each tooth.

In a laboratory study, relevant properties of the toothpick material (modulous of elasticity, surface roughness, water absorbing capacity, surface hardness) were investigated and compared to the plaque preventing effect of the different triangular toothpicks.

Using a questionnaire, the test person’s opinions on the surfaces, sizes, forms and rigidities of the toothpicks also were examined.

Minor differences were observed between the plaque-removing ability of the different triangular toothpicks. No clear relations were observed between any of the properties of the toothpick materials, however, the surface hardness as well as the strength values of the toothpick materials seemed to be of importance.

The conclusions of the present studies are that the plaque-removing ability of a toothpick seems to be more dependent on the shape of the toothpick than on existing minor differences among the materials used for their manufacturing. Low surface hardness and high strength values seem to be of importance for interdental cleaning.


yyuu The first machine for the manufacturing of toothpicks, was patented on February 20, 1872, by Silas Noble and J.P. Cooley, of Granville, Massachusetts. As odds would have it, on the same date, in the same year, Luther Crowell was given a patent for a paper bag manufacturing machine. He is said to have invented the square bottom brown paper bag and the machinery to produce it. The one thing I have discovered while preparing these pages for Months of Edible Celebrations, is that history does not always agree with history. To find out more about the patents associated with the square bottom paper bag, checkout food check-out day listed in resources.

Charles Forster of Strong, Maine, is believed to be the first American to manufacture toothpicks. His first were handmade, but by 1860, he had to devise machines to keep up with the growing demand. The toothpick making machine allowed blocks of wood to be cut into toothpicks. A complete toothpick machine system would include a veneer lathe, six cutting machines, one drying oven, and one straightening and box filling machine. source

Charles Forster came up with the idea of manufacturing disposable wooden toothpicks while on a trip to South America, where he saw natives using slivers of wood to clean their teeth. Throughout history, toothpicks were made out of numerous materials including ivory, porcupine quill, chicken bones, gold, silver steel and yes, even wood. Legend would have it, that he sent a sample box home to his wife who showed them around. Soon Mr. Foster had orders for more, especially from hotels and restaurants. He set up a factory in Strong, Maine and machinery was developed to peel blocks of wood into long, thin ribbons. An 1/8 block of wood could produce a ribbon 90 feet in length. These ribbons were cut into toothpicks, which were moved by pitchfork into the sun to dry like hay. Then they were sorted and packed by hand. The toothpicks were constructed of only the finest polished white birch. In it’s heyday, the toothpick manufacturing plant used about 1,000 cords of birch and poplar. How many toothpicks is that you ask? According to Smithsonian Magazine, Forster created a market for disposable toothpicks by having Harvard students eat at local restaurants, then loudly demand a toothpick after finishing their meals. At one time, the state of Maine manufactured 90% of the countries toothpicks and Forster Manufacturing was the world’s largest producer of toothpicks. Unfortunately, “The Toothpick Capital of the World” rolled out their last toothpick on April 29, 2003. I guess they’re making toothpicks in Japan:(

“Pick not thy teeth with thy knyfe, but take a stick, or some clean thyng, then doe you not offend” (Rhodes: 15 century philosopher)

Before man devised the axe he may have invented the toothpick! The toothpick has been around longer than our species. In the Old Testament, it is written that “one may take a splinter from the wood lying near him to clean his teeth.” The skulls of Neanderthals, as well as Homo sapiens, have shown clear signs of having teeth that were either flossed with blades of grass or picked with rudimentary toothpick tools. Similar markings have been found in the fossilized teeth of both American Indians and Australian Aborigines. source: Smithsonian Magazine

If a tiny piece of food gets lodged between your teeth during a meal, the natural thing to do is to remove it. While such an act is taboo in Western settings, it is tolerated in a Malaysian environment. read on…

In China, a curved pendant, made of cast bronze was worn around the neck and used as a toothpick. In 536 BC, the Chinese mandated a law that required the use of the toothpick because their armies suffered from bad breath. The people of China also used the branch of the willow tree, a spicebush, a cedar, a peach tree, or bamboo as a toothpick. Picking your teeth during meals is quite acceptable in Chinese society. Fine dining Chinese restaurants provide individually packed mint-tipped toothpicks between courses as part of their banquet table settings. It is believed that the flavours of one course should not mingle with the next.

In India twigs from the Neem tree were used as toothpicks. Romans and Greeks were also avid oral hygiene enthusiasts. Pliny the Younger of Rome (61-113 A.D.) proclaimed that using a vulture quill as a toothpick would cause halitosis, but using a porcupine quill was acceptable because it ‘made the teeth firm’.

At one time, you could tell a person’s status by what they used to pick their teeth. Kings, queens, and lords picked their teeth with designer toothpicks made from gold, silver, or ivory. Often, they were inlaid with precious stones. Twigs and porcupine quills were most often used by the “lower classes.” By the 17th century, the toothpick was the latest fad for the educated classes in Europe they were even included in traveling sets together with a knife and spoon. In France, for example, toothpicks were served with desserts, usually poked into fruit to be handy following a meal. After they were used, they could be placed behind the ear for future use. “Chew sticks” became so popular that books on etiquette such as Tanhausers Court Manners often included advice on the proper use and acceptance of the toothpick. Picking your teeth during a meal was an absolute taboo. It could cause a person to be black listed from future social functions and cause a whirl of gossip. Even today, the toothpick hanging out the side of the mouth is found to be quite offensive and picking your teeth in public is still best to avoid.


another articles by evans group – well worth a read


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ORANGE-WOOD TOOTHPICKS.

They Are Made by Peasants in Spain and Portugal. “I wonder how many of the men who come in here and use the orange-wood toothpicks,” said a man in an uptown hotel, “know where they come from arid how they are made? They are made by the cleverest whittlers in the world, and every one of them is of hand manufacture. The peasants in Spain and Portugal make them, and they first found their way into this country through the medium of steamship officers. It is a fact that hotels in all parts of this country are using these orange-wood slivers now in preference to either quills or the old-fashioned toothpicks, and the demand for them here has been a perfect godsend to the peasants who make them on the other side. “A year or so ago I was in Spain, and saw the peasants making them. They could turn one out with three slashes of the knife, and it was their custom to do them up in packages of twenty and sell them to tourists and steamship officers for the equivalent of 1 cent of our money. At that time the peasants made them in their leisure moments, but now I am told many peasants make their living manufacturing toothpicks. You see the demand for them has increased to such an extent that the peasants can sell all they make. The steamship officers sell them here at a profit of about a cent on each package, which amounts to considerable when a large number are sold. “A peculiar phase of the matter is that not a cent of duty is asked for or paid on them. They were formerly received in such small quantities that no attention was paid to them, and the steamship officers are still able to get them in free, because toothpicks are the last things cus- . Toms officers are looking for. And as toothpicks they are really excellent. They are strong and flexible, and, instead of breaking, tear, so that there is no danger of the end suddenly breaking off and remaining in the tooth, a characteristic of the old Drittle toothpicks. It is a wonder to me that some one doesn’t make a business of importing them. . I believe that steamship officers have a monopoly of the business up to date, and I am sure that, there would be money in it for somebody if he snatched the business out of their hands.”— York Sun.

 

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