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Prophix toothbrush feature focus: the rubber scaler

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Plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and along the gum line, is one of the biggest threats to your oral health, leading to problems like gum disease. Plaque builds up every four to six weeks, and if left unchecked, it can harden into tartar, which in turn provides more surface area for more plaque to grow.

The best way to get rid of plaque is to have a hygienist remove it—but booking monthly dental visits would be difficult if not impossible for most people. When Dr. Craig S. Kohler invented Prophix, he had this issue in mind. He particularly wanted patients who struggled with excess plaque (because of dry mouth, genetics, or other conditions) to be able to use Prophix to minimize buildup between regular cleanings.

The answer? A unique rubber scaler attachment. Stiffer than a rubber tip, its three working edges clean behind and between the lower front teeth (and other hard-to-reach “trouble spots” where plaque tends to accumulate).

Of course, the rubber scaler is not designed to replace the scaler used by your hygienist—regular dental visits are the only way to ensure thorough plaque and tartar removal. But it can go a long way toward keeping buildup at bay between cleanings!