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A brush used for cleaning teeth.
A device invented by Englishman William Addis during his imprisonment in 1770 for inciting a riot.


Dentistry A device invented by an English prisoner, Wm Addis who saved a bone from his dinner, bored holes in it and wedged hard bristles, probably from a broom into the holes; once released, he became the Rockefeller of dental care


A bristled or filamented home-care dental device intended to clean teeth, gums, and tongue.

Patient discussion about toothbrush

Q. modificatiobns of toothbrushes and newer versions different types of brush-heads and their benefits with diagrams

A. not depended clinical trials about the differences of toothbrushes showed there are minor differences in efficiency. it's not the toothbrush but what do you do with it that counts.

Q. Which type of toothbrush is the best? Electric or regular?

A. i think that is the most ancient debate of them all ? longer then mankind itself ?. Some people say that, other say this- but the truth is it doesn’t matter. It’s how you use the toothbrush that counts. If used properly even the simplest toothbrush can be satisfying.

Q. do you know what are the pros and cons of the Sonic toothbrush from Oral B (electric tooth brush)? last night, my best friend raved about it for a whole hour. My dentist told me to use a soft brush (number 35) to clean my teeth and that the electric brushes are a bit over rated. My friend specifically told me about the Sonic product and told me that it also makes his teeth whiter. I wanted to know if anybody has any knowledge or experience from first hand about this product or any good information about it.

A. Thank you for the frank answer. I wonder if I can find a really soft electric toothbrush

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* Brush your teeth twice a day, using a soft bristle toothbrush--dental plaque is the consistency of cooked egg, and hard scrubbing may abrade your teeth and/or gums.
first u get Should you brush your teeth first thing in the morning when you get up or after your breakfast?
Big G, the Giants official mascot, has been demonstrating how to brush your teeth, alongside messages which aim to remind children how to keep their teeth strong and healthy through what they eat and drink.
SGT C smiled and said, "This is why you should always brush your teeth!"
If you can't do your job but you can brush your teeth, are you disabled?
It's hard to drink, swim or brush your teeth in this country without being exposed to this highly toxic chemical.
Use it when you brush your teeth, and avoid ice cubes.
"It may make a difference in how and with what you brush your teeth," Dickinson comments.
* First, brush your teeth as soon as possible after eating.