A toothbrush is an oral hygiene instrument used to clean the teeth, gums, and tongue. It consists of a head of tightly clustered bristles, atop of which toothpaste can be applied, mounted on a handle which facilitates the cleaning of hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. They are usually used alongside floss.
Toothbrushing with a fluoride toothpaste is important for good oral hygiene, plaque removal, keeping the mouth clean and healthy, and improving a child’s breath and sense of taste. Appropriate cleaning, storage and replacement of toothbrushes are also important to prevent spread of disease.
noun. a small brush with a long handle, for cleaning the teeth.
Triclosan – a potentially harmful antibacterial agent currently used as an ingredient in some brands of toothpaste such as Colgate – has been shown to slowly build up on the bristles of toothbrushes , according to a new report. Earlier studies have found that triclosan can disrupt hormones in humans and animals.
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Generally, toothbrushes consist of plastic handles and nylon or natural boar bristles.
Dentist Tip: Brushing three times a day is ideal. If you can brush once after every meal–breakfast, lunch, and dinner–you minimize the growth of bacteria in your mouth. But wait an hour after each meal: brushing too soon can cause damage to the enamel of your teeth .
Crudely speaking, sonic toothbrushes work just like ordinary ones: they move back and forth over the surface of your teeth at high speed, scrubbing away the plaque. Tiny bubbles form in the space between the toothbrush and the teeth, and these help to shift more plaque than brushing alone.
Plaque is a sticky film that coats the teeth and contains bacteria that can penetrate the protective enamel of your teeth , attacking the more vulnerable layers underneath. This leads to cavities. If left untreated, cavities can lead to dental infections and, potentially, tooth loss.
: a paste for cleaning the teeth.
The first mass-produced toothbrush was made by William Addis of Clerkenwald, England, around 1780. The first American to patent a toothbrush was H. N. Wadsworth, (patent number 18,653,) on Nov. 7, 1857.
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Whether intentional or accidental , grabbing someone else’s toothbrush (or letting them use yours) can expose your teeth, gums, and mouth to many nasty things that can lead to illness and infection. It’s therefore important to know that, in the case of toothbrushes , sharing really isn’t caring.
5) Plastic toothbrushes take over 400 years to decompose! They remain in landfills indefinitely. Plastic toothbrushes stain the landfills with their presence! As they settle into the landfill, they release chemicals into the air. This results in even more damage to the environment.
Some toothbrushes are manufactured out of the country; Tess Corporation toothbrushes are manufactured in a small shop in Eau Claire, Wis., by one of five machines, each slightly bigger than a refrigerator.