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A brush used for cleaning teeth.


an implement of various designs, with bristles, available in a variety of differing amounts of bristle flexibility, fixed to a head at the end of a handle, used for cleaning the teeth and cleaning and massaging the gingival tissues.
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.


n a handheld device with an arrangement of bristles at one end, and a handle designed to reach effectively all exposed surfaces of the teeth and gingiva. A dentifrice is usually applied to the bristles for the purpose of cleaning the teeth and gingiva.
toothbrush, automatic,
n an electric type. Also called
power-assisted toothbrush.
toothbrush, bi-level orthodontic,
n a type that is specifically designed to clean orthodontic appliances. The head of the tool features soft bristles that are shorter down the center, with hedges of taller bristles on either side, allowing the brush to pass over the appliance without causing abrasion to the teeth.
toothbrush, end-tuft,
n a type that features a very small number of filaments. Handle may be angled to assist difficult-to-reach areas of both natural and replacement teeth. Also called
single-tuft or
toothbrush head,
n the section of the toothbrush that comes in direct contact with the teeth and gingiva, comprising various configurations of nylon bristles (filaments). The profile, or trim, of the head depends upon the number and height of bristle rows.

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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For more resistant residue, use the bristles of an old tooth brush to gently remove.
Every month we give students a tooth brush, toothpaste and washcloths and have a hygienist or nurse come out and do after-school programs,'' Garibay said.
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The little Tweety bird character fastens onto the sink or mirror with a suction cup, and holds the tooth brush under its head.
A silver coating is now being used to prevent cross-contamination on household items such as cutting boards and bath mats and a major pharmaceutical company has recently introduced a tooth brush that incorporates this technology for killing bacteria in the mouth.