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A brush used for cleaning teeth.
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A device invented by Englishman William Addis during his imprisonment in 1770 for inciting a riot.
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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
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A bristled or filamented home-care dental device intended to clean teeth, gums, and tongue.
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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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Thus, one of the electric toothbrushes uses is that it is more effective at removing plaque.
He points out that many Philips Sonicare power toothbrushes, such as Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart, provide a deeper understanding of oral health care habits when paired with the Philips Sonicare App.
* Micro-organisms have been shown to adhere to and survive on toothbrushes.
However, this issue has received little attention from many researchers because most clinicians only consider toothbrushes from the perspective of their role in caries and plaque prevention.
With the evolution of the toothbrush industry, there are various types of toothbrushes available in the market.
The toothbrushes will feature characters from Power Rangers, Lalaloopsy and How to Train Your Dragon 2, say officials from the Chicago-based company.
Powered toothbrushes clean teeth through a variety of mechanisms: side-to-side action, counter oscillation, rotation oscillation, circular, ultrasonic, and ionic, just to name a few.
"Toothbrushes can transmit microorganisms that cause disease and infections.
Unfortunately, proper care of toothbrush is often neglected as toothbrushes are usually kept in bathrooms that harbor millions of microorganisms.
The effectiveness in plaque removal for the two prototypes, manual and electric, was compared with that of the two original toothbrushes from which they have been derived.
To determine whether the advice is warranted, the UTMB researchers tried to grow group A Streptococcus (GAS), the bacteria that causes strep throat, on toothbrushes that had been exposed to the bacteria in a laboratory.