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POWER TOOTHBRUSH BUYER'S GUIDE

Automatic toothbrushes are recommended by the American Dental and Hygiene Associations

A power toothbrush can give you more results per second!

Product Battery/Electric or Both Handset Weight Head Shape Prices
Cybersonic Both 5.3 Round $99.95; call 800-353-7525
Pulse Battery 8oz Dome trim $19.99-$24.99; call 800-528-8537 or visit: Butler Co.
Colgate Actibrush Battery 4oz Round $19.99; call 800 226-5428 or visit: Colgate
Interplak Power Both .40 lbs 10 tuft and 6 tuft $39 to $69; call 800-633-6363 or visit: Interplak
Sonicare Both 15oz 8 rows; 5 rows $79-$119; call 800-682-7664 or visit: Sonicare or visit our office to obtain Sonicare toothbrushes at a more affordable price.

This is the ultrasonic toothbrush we recommend at our office.

60 Second Time Machine Both 8oz Round $40-$50; call 800-933-6725 or visit:TimeMachine
Braun Oral-B Both N/A Round $29-$99; call 800-446-7252 or visit: OralB
Battery Operated  Battery 4oz Small, square $8.50; visit: PHB
Rotadent Both 6oz 90 degree angle Sold only through dental office; call 800-228-5595 or visit:Pro-Dentec
Sensonic Both 6oz Compact, contoured head $129.99; call 800-525-2020 or visit: Waterpik
Sonipick Battery 5oz Single tuft $29.99; call 800-633-7875 or visit:SonicFlosser
Ultima Both 7oz Regular, compact, small $109
Sonex Both 7oz Regular, compact, small $149 for ultrasonic toothbrush and flosser
Breath Remedy Battery N/A Tapered $14.99; call 800-393-0789 

                     (Buyer's Guide provided by Dental Equipment & Materials Vol. 5.3 June 2000)

                          Warning

All sonic toothbrushes should not be used with baking soda and/or peroxide toothpastes.  These toothpaste products should be avoided as they contribute to cracks in the upper portion of the handle.

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Tooth Brush Care

 

Toothbrush New Update:

ADA Statement on Toothbrush Care: Cleaning, Storage and Replacement

In recent years, scientists have studied whether toothbrushes may harbor microorganisms that could cause oral and/or systemic infection1, 2, 3, 4. We know that the oral cavity is home to hundreds of different types of microorganisms5, therefore, it is not surprising that some of these microorganisms are transferred to a toothbrush during use. It may also be possible for microorganisms that are present in the environment where the toothbrush is stored to establish themselves on the brush. Toothbrushes may even have bacteria on them right out of the box4 since they are not required to be sold in a sterile package. There is insufficient clinical evidence to support that bacterial growth on toothbrushes will lead to specific adverse oral or systemic health effects

General Recommendations for Toothbrush Care

Do not share toothbrushes. Sharing a toothbrush could result in an exchange of body fluids and/or microorganisms between the users of the toothbrush, placing the individuals involved at an increased risk for infections. This practice could be a particular concern for persons with compromised immune systems or existing infectious diseases.

Thoroughly rinse toothbrushes with tap water after brushing to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris. Store the brush in an upright position if possible and allow the toothbrush to air-dry until used again. If more than one brush is stored in the same holder or area, keep the brushes separated to prevent cross-contamination.

Do not routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers. A moist environment such as a closed container is more conducive to the growth of microorganisms than the open air.

Replace toothbrushes at least every 3–4 months. The bristles become frayed and worn with use and cleaning effectiveness will decrease11. Toothbrushes will wear out more rapidly depending on factors unique to each patient. Check brushes often for this type of wear and replace them more frequently if needed. Children’s toothbrushes often need replacing more frequently than adult brushes.

Common-sense supports that for patients who are more susceptible to infections, a higher level of vigilance to prevent exposure to disease-causing organisms may offer some benefit.
bulletReplacing toothbrushes more often than every 3–4 months may decrease the number of bacteria to which patients are exposed;
bulletRinsing with an antibacterial mouthrinse before brushing may prevent or decrease how rapidly bacteria build up on toothbrushes2;
bulletSoaking toothbrushes in an antibacterial mouthrinse after use has also been studied and may decrease the level of bacteria that grow on toothbrushes6;
bulletDisposable toothbrushes might also be considered as an option, however cost may be a consideration with long-term use.
bulletThere are several commercially available toothbrush sanitizers on the market. Although data do not demonstrate that they provide a specific health benefit, if a consumer chooses to use one of these devices, the Council recommends that they select a product cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Products cleared by FDA are required to provide data to the Agency to substantiate cleared claims. Examples of claims that have been cleared by FDA for these products include;
bulletProduct “X” is designed to sanitize manual toothbrushes (To “sanitize” normally means that bacteria are reduced by 99.9 percent. For example, if one million bacteria are present at the outset, 1000 bacteria remain after a 99.9 percent reduction. “Sterilized” on the other hand, indicates that all living organisms have been destroyed or inactivated. No commercially-available toothbrush cleaning products have been shown to sterilize toothbrushes);
bulletProduct “Y” is intended for use in reducing bacterial contamination that naturally accrues on toothbrushes.

Council on Scientific Affairs, November 2005

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Toothbrush History

Which toothbrush to use is all about compliance.  The best brush is the one someone uses! The average toothbrush contains about 2,5000 bristles grouped into about 40 tufts per toothbrush.  The tufts are folded over a metal staple and forced onto pre-cored holes in the head and fused into the head with heat.  The handle is made of at least two materials, usually plastic and rubber.  The grips used for the handle is: precision, power, spoon, oblique and distal oblique.

3000B.C. The first toothbrush was a small stick with frayed ends by the Egyptians.

249 Appolonia, the patron saint of dentists was burned at the stake after having her teeth knocked out.

1885 Toothbrushes are mass produced for the first time.

1896 Colgate introduces toothpaste in squeezable tube, replacing glass jars.

1938 Nylon bristle are introduced.

1950 Oral-B becomes the first patent toothbrush-Oral-B 60.

1955 Procter and Gamble introduces Crest the first fluoridated toothpaste.

1960 ADA recognized Crest as the first toothpaste to prevent tooth decay.

1960 First electric toothbrush, a Swiss model is introduced in the US.

1969 Oral B toothbrushes are used on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.  Crest was the toothpaste used on all shuttle flights.

1981 First angled toothbrush was made.

1983 Radius toothbrush made.

1984 Star Wars toothbrush was the first toothbrush made for children.

1984 The Pump tube was introduced.

1986 First character driven toothpaste was introduced featuring the Muppets.

1991 First bristle indicator were introduced whose colors fades with use.

2000 Battery powered toothbrushes hit the marketplace, driving down the prices of power toothbrushes considerably.

 AGD Impact pg 8-15, 2/2003

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