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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.

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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Unlike other ultraviolet toothbrush sanitizer products, Steripod uses patented "active vapors" to help keep toothbrushes smelling fresh and clean, according to Bonfit America.
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.
To calculate the market size, the report considered revenue generated from sales of electric toothbrushes, replacement brush heads and other replacement accessories like chargers, handles etc.
With the help of some of today's most popular licensed characters, Power Rangers, Lalaloopsy and DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2, parents will be able to make brushing more fun for their children and help them build healthy oral care habits with this new line of manual, power and light-up toothbrushes," says Matt Moon, senior manager, commercialization at Sunstar Americas.
The study was conducted over a three-week period where participants brushed twice daily with one out of three randomly assigned power toothbrushes.
Some of the microorganisms isolated from used toothbrushes were streptococcus mutans, staphylococcus aureus, pseudomonas, lactobacillus, klebsiella, candida.
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.
Scientists claim that unhygienic toothbrushes can lead to a range of serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, arthritis and chronic infections.
Many modern toothbrushes do not fit into existing toothbrush holders.
JAPAN: Old fashioned toothbrushes are losing favor with consumers who prefer electric models that feature increasingly advanced functions, such as generating sonic waves and heads that vibrate at high speed.