In case anyone would like to know, today I compared the Doctors Brush Pick (250 pkg)the GUM Soft Picks, DenTek Slim Brush for Tight Teeth and CVS' Interdental brush and toothpick . I bought all 4 and tried them all today after going for my 6 month dental cleaning yesterday. I had no cavaties but my gums could be better. I hate flossing and asked if there was an alternative. I was told about the GUM Soft Picks. I looked them up here at Amazon and the GUM website and seeing that CVS was supposed to carry them, took a trip there and bought 4 differnt kinds/brands to see how they would fare, figuring I'd use them all up eventually. Here is my experience.
Having tight teeth,,,the Doctors Brush Picks and DenTek Slim Brush worked best for me and got between the most teeth. Of course in all 4, there were a few teeth that even the Doctors and DenTek couldn't get between. The GUM and CVS had the largest diameter and therefore got between the least amount of teeth for cleaning. The GUM Brush Picks were quick to crumple when they couldn't slide between the teeth, so that was annoying. At CVS, the Doctors bush picks were the best value at 250 for $3.89 and were on par with DenTek Slim Brush (32 for $5.99) with getting in between the most teeth. The Doctors and Dentek are different "animals in that the Drs. is the "brush" with plastic bristles on one end and a plastic tooth pick on the other. The DenTek has a green, small, solid plastic cylinder you hold at one end and a super slim metal filament with tiny brush like filaments going 360 degrees around the metal filament. The Doctors pick isn't bendable on the pick end. The DenTek's metal filament can be bent at 90 degrees for back teeth. Both worked great and I think, for me both are way more comfortable than using Glide dental floss and I can tell after I used the 4 I tried, that I'll get much more "cleaning" out of these picks than any floss!! The CVS' brand Interdental Brush & Toothpick (120 picks for $1.99 in the travel section, aqua in color) as they were a better value than the CVS brand competition to the other name brand picks where I found the other 3 items, go figure. I tried them CVS' out, and found them about the same diameter as the GUM Soft Picks. So the 2 that I won't buy again (because they are just to large to fit between more of my teeth teeth) would be the CVS and GUM picks. Those will go to my son who has space between his teeth and will work just fine in his case. The Doctors Brush Picks are the best VALUE but I do wish the end with the tiny plastic filaments would bend like the DenTek. If they did, they'd be absolutely perfect for my tight teeth. I'm thinking I will use the Doctors most of the time and based on construction of the DenTek (being bendable where you need it), I will try and extend them for more than one use, by swishing them in mouthwash to get them as sterile as possible after rinsing them clean. I know I probably shouldn't do that, but unless I find the DenTek in a larger/more economical quantity amount, the Doctors brand wins on economy and the DenTek wins when it comes to being able to reach and clean between the back molars as well as most of my other teeth. I was thinking of possibly snapping off the Doctors brand tooth pick end (the no bristle portion) and seeing if I can make them a little shorter to reach between my back molars from the tongue angle and hopefully that will work. I don't know yet. So that is my experience and thought if you were considering this type of product that seeing the differences between each, might help.