Lisa Guenst knows patients hate to floss.
“I’d see so many people with the same problem,” said Guenst, a dental hygienist in Montgomery County for more than 25 years. “They’d have gum disease in that area between their teeth that your toothbrush can’t get to.”
Guenst said patients would grumble they didn’t like to floss, so she would suggest getting a water flosser — only to hear complaints they were messy, got water everywhere and took up too much counter space, writes John George for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Her solution to the problem is the “ToothShower.”
As its name implies, the ToothShower is a teeth-cleaning device designed to be used in the shower. It offers three kinds of cleaning provided by three attachments: a dual-headed toothbrush, an irrigating tip and a gum massager.
The dual-headed toothbrush cleans both the front, back and sides of teeth for 100 percent coverage. The average person using traditional brushing hits only about 60 percent of the surface of their teeth. The irrigating tip — particularly useful for people with braces — flushes water between teeth like a water flosser, but there’s no mess to clean up as with flossers that are used at the sink. The gum massager uses seven jets of water to stimulate blood flow in the gums, which helps prevent and heal gum disease.
Earlier this year, Guenst — who was born in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, grew up in Lansdale and now lives in Skippack — raised some additional seed capital after entering the ToothShower in two local business competitions. She won first place and $20,000 in the professional track category at the Temple University Fox School of Business “Be your own Boss” competition, and the $4,000 grand prize at the Fifth Annual West Chester University Business Idea Pitch.
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