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					                                    elmex® SENSITIVE toothbrush

Indication

•	 Developed	for	gentle	cleaning	of	exposed	dental	necks	and	hypersensitive	

   teeth

•	 Thorough	removal	of	plaque	provides	protection	from	dentine	caries



Product benefit

•	 Thorough	but	gentle	plaque	removal	thanks	to	extra	soft	filament	ends

•	 X-filaments	clean	deep	into	the	especially	caries-prone	interdental	spaces

•	 Extra	soft	filaments	minimize	risk	of	dentine	abrasion

•	 The	 small	 brush	 head	 facilitates	 access	 to	 molars	 and	 lingual/palatinal	

  surfaces	

•	 Controlled	 handling	 of	 the	 toothbrush	 thanks	 to	 ergonomically	 well-

  shaped	handle

•	 Supports	use	of	the	Stillmann	brushing	technique	which	is	recommended	

  by	dentists	for	patients	with	exposed	dental	necks



Technical data

                                    elmex® SENSITIVE toothbrush EXTRA SOFT

 Main	product	benefits              Protects	from	dentine	caries,	cleans	into	interdental	spaces,	
                                    minimizes	abrasion

 Special	advantages                 Developed	for	patients	with	exposed	dental	necks	and	
                                    hypersensitive	teeth

 Users                              Adults

 Product specifications

 Stiffness	grade	of	bristle	field   3.6	cN/mm2

 Filament	structure                 Tapered

 Filament	diameter                  Tip:	0.02	mm
                                    Base:		0.18	mm

 Filament	material                  Polyester	(PBT*)

 Number	of	tufts                    32	(22	vertical	+	10	tilted)

 Number	of	filament	ends	           ~	1440

 Number	of	filament	ends	per	tuft   38	–	52	(tapered)

 Handle	shape                       Ergonomic,	with	high	proportion	of	soft	second	component,	
                                    soft	thumb	stop

 Handle	material                    3	components
                                    •	 Polypropylene	(handle	component,	white)
                                    •	 TPE**	(shore	35;	handle	component,	green)
                                    •	 TPE**	(shore	35;	thumbstop)

                                    *		Polybutylenterephtalate
                                    **	Thermoplastic	elastomer


Table 1: Technical	data	of	the	elmex®	SENSITIVE	toothbrush	EXTRA	SOFT
Study results

Scientific	studies	employing	validated	in vitro	models	prove	an	excellent	

cleaning	efficacy	of	the	elmex®	SENSITIVE	toothbrush	EXTRA	SOFT.	With	

its	extra	soft	filaments	it	is	therefore	especially	suitable	for	patients	with	

exposed	dental	necks	and	hypersensitive	teeth.



Interproximal access efficacy and gingival margin cleaning

To	assess	the	interproximal	access	efficacy	and	gingival	margin	cleaning	

artificial	tooth	shapes	were	wrapped	with	pressure	sensitive	paper	to	simu-

late	plaque	deposits.	Paper	color	changed	in	those	areas	that	were	reached	

by	toothbrush	filaments	and	served	as	an	indicator	to	calculate	access	to	

interproximal	spaces	and	gingival	margin.



        Interproximal access efficacy

        Interproximal access
        (cm)                                                Yankell et al. 2007
                                   all brushing movements
        1.6
        1.4                        *
        1.2
        1.0
        0.8
        0.6
        0.4
                                          * p < 0.001
        0.2
        0.0
                      elmex® SENSITIVE                      ADA
                        EXTRA SOFT




Fig. 1: elmex®	SENSITIVE	toothbrush	EXTRA	SOFT	significantly	cleaned	more	width	of	
interproximal	tooth	surfaces	compared	to	ADA	reference	toothbrush.	




        Gingival margin cleaning

         mean width
         (mm)                                               Yankell et al. 2007
         12

         10
                                   *
          8

          6

          4
                                          * p < 0.001
          2

          0
                               ®
                      elmex SENSITIVE                       ADA
                        EXTRA SOFT




Fig. 2: elmex®	SENSITIVE	toothbrush	EXTRA	SOFT	significantly	cleaned	more	width	of	tooth	
surfaces	along	the	gingival	margin	compared	to	ADA	reference	toothbrush.	


In vitro,	 the	 elmex®	 SENSITIVE	 toothbrush	 EXTRA	 SOFT	 provides	 both	

significantly	higher	interproximal	access	and	better	plaque	removal	along	

the	gingival	margin	than	the	ADA	reference	toothbrush	(both	p	<	0.001).
Cleaning performance

The	in vitro	measurement	of	the	tooth	surface	contact	potential	provides	

information	on	the	cleaning	performance	of	a	toothbrush.	Black	artificial	

teeth	with	a	white	coating	were	arranged	in	quadrants	and	brushed	with	the	

test	toothbrushes	according	to	a	defined	protocol.	Tooth	surfaces	cleaned	

from	the	white	coating	were	analysed	planimetrically.

                                                                                               References

        Cleaning performance on tested tooth surfaces                                          Yankell SL, Shi X, Emling RC:	Laboratory	interproximal	access	
        in vitro
                                                                                               efficacy	and	gingival	margin	cleaning	of	the	elmex®	SENSITIVE	

        Cleaned surfaces                                                                       SOFT,	EXTRA	SOFT	and	ADA	reference	toothbrushes.	J	Clin	Dent	
        (%)                                             Swiss University 2006                  18	(2007),	25-28
        100                                ®
                                     elmex SENSITIVE
                                     EXTRA SOFT
         80                                                                                    Swiss University.	Internal	report	(2006)
                                     ADA
         60

         40


         20


          0
                     buccal          mesial/distal              total
                                                       (buccal, mesial, distal)




Fig. 3: Percentage	of	cleaned	tooth	surfaces	achieved	with	circular	brushing	movements	(ADA	
data	taken	from:	Swiss	University	2005)


The	 elmex®	 SENSITIVE	 toothbrush	 EXTRA	 SOFT	 demonstrated	 both	 on	

buccal	and	mesial/distal	surfaces	more	efficient	plaque	removal	than	the	

ADA	reference	toothbrush.
GABA International AG

Grabetsmattweg	

CH-4106	Therwil,	Switzerland	
                                09/11




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