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My ortho told me not to clean my retainer with toothpaste and toothbrush because it'll scratch them and turn them white. How else do I clean them?
Correct: He is right. Denture cleaners work well. A cheap combo is a slurry of peroxide and baking soda. Let the retainers soak in it while you eat. Works great! ...Read more
Is it safe to clean your retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush? Would the whitening harm the retainer?
I brush my retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush for 3 weeks, should I switch to a NEW RETAINER because of abrasives?
Retainers: Brush them every time you brush your teeth. Use a plain soft toothbrush. Brush gently but thoroughly, including any wires. Avoid toothpaste or whitening agents as abrasivity can dull the shine of the plastic. Place retainers into Denture Cleaner (Polident, Efferdent) while you eat dinner. After dinner rinse them carefully and put back into your mouth. ...Read more
Which is better for cleaning a extra soft toothbrush or a soft toothbrush? I'm wearing vivera retainers after invisalign treatment at night.
I wear invisalign retainers at night after my invisalign treatment. Should I change my toothbrush every month/more frequently since I wear these?
Yes: I'm assuming you're talking about abrasion of the root surfaces of your teeth where the root "dentin" becomes exposed. I would be very careful about expanding your smile too much, the potential for increased root sensitivity, increased bite forces that might worsen the condition, etc. This is a job for your dentist or orthodontist to watch out for, though. Other that that, you should be fine. ...Read more
Parasites: None that I know of. I have never heard or read an article showing that parasites live on toothbrushes with plastic bristles and handles in rare cases fungus maybe. Be sure your brush can air dry daily and change when worn. If you are still worried run through dw or let sit in 1 part bleach and 3 parts water for 15 min then rinse well. ...Read more
No: I used to think if you were careful, manuel toothbrushing was as effective as electric. Then I started using a sonicare and my gums and teeth are much cleaner. My periodontal probings (pockets) have all improved. By using the electric toothbrush exclusively and flossing daily, you too can achieve better oral health. ...Read more
Smaller brush size: Toothbrushes come in different sizes. Smaller sizes are usually recommended for people with smaller mouths. ...Read more
Bleach water: A simple and effective solution to disinfect your toothbrush would be a solution of water and bleach (10 to 1). You can simply put a capful of household bleach like clorox into a glass of water. You can't use it with any metallic surface or item due to corrosion. Let it soak for an hour. Then rinse it off. ...Read more
Not that necessary: Cold sores/herpes are quite common and can be contagious. Changing your tooth brush every 3 months or so is recommended for dental care, but not that necessary for cold sore prevention (assuming u r not sharing toothbrush). The virus that is causing your recurrent sores comes from your own body/nerve, not toothbrush. There are medicines to suppress them if you have frequent recurrences. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: Clinical studies show a dramatic improvement in overall oral health. We highly recommend using either sonicare or oral-B ...Read more
Ergonomics: Tennis balls, sponges, silicone handles, and other contraptions are used to increase the grip size of a tooth brush. These types of aides are designed to help those who otherwise are unable to hold a thin-handled brush. The elderly or anyone suffering from severe arthritis can typically benefit from such modifications. ...Read more
Ask your dentist: Some dental offices offer and carry that specific brand of toothbrushes. Ask your dentist and they might be able to get you some samples. ...Read more
Brushing technique: You will remove plaque and be kind to your teeth, gum and surrounding bone as long as you have a good brushing technique with bristles at a 45 degree angle going into the gum area between teeth and gingival tissues. Good technique and constant brushing after meals will keep your teeth clean. ...Read more
Yes: It will encourage two full minutes of oral hygiene. ...Read more
Always soft: Tooth brash with ergonomic and flexible handle. Also important to look for manual or electrical soft toothbrushes that have earned the ADA Seal of Approval. ...Read more
Not much to do: They will most likely harmlessly pass.Get a more detailed answer ›
It is necessary to disinfect a toothbrush after using? If so, what is the easiest way to do this?
If most dentists recommend soft toothbrushes for us, then why are medium and hard toothbrushes even on sale?
Good Question: Over the years we have moved to recommending soft toothbrushes because of the potentialto cause gumline erosion. ...Read more
I left my new toothbrush out for 30 minutes without rinsing it properly after using it. Did it get enough germs where I need a new toothbrush?
Probably not: No matter how much you rinse your toothbrush you will always leave gems on it. If you want to really clean your toothbrush you can run it through the dishwasher or let it soak in a weak bleach solution for about 30 minutes. If you do that, make sure you rinse it well to get the bleach out. ...Read more
So I got tested february 6 im now finding out on thursday ihad gonnorhea igot the shot and pills so through towels cups toothbrushes wash cloths?
Does rinsing your colgate toothbrush under hot water to make it clean make it less effective? I did it twice. Do I need a new colgate toothbrush?
I swallowed some of a toothbrushes the rubber back and bristles;i read this can cause appendicitis, should I be worried or will it pass on its own?
Should pass: This should not cause appendicitis. It should pass on its own. Drink plenty of water and eat regular meals. If you develop pain see a doctor immediately. The bigger question is why are you eating toothbrushes? Please talk to your doctor about this if you think it is a problem. ...Read more
Toothpastes: Ultrasonic toothbrushes (sonicare is one brand), or rotating electric brushes (oral b for example) that have timers built in will help you spend the correct amount of time as well as help to remove the bacteria more effectively than a hand held brush. Any toothpaste and or mouthwash with Fluoride will also help to reduce potential cavities. ...Read more
Yes if used properly: Electric or vibrating toothbrushes can be very effective, but are not magic. They must be used properly in order to work. They will not clean any areas that they do not reach, so you must make sure to move them slowly and gently across all the surfaces of your teeth. ...Read more
New tooth brush: Replace your tooth brush when it begins to look worn and frayed. This varies depending upon the individual tooth brush, how often you brush, for how long and with how much pressure. Some toothbrushes have indicators to help you determine that. Generally every one to three months or after a cold, the flu, a sore throat or any oral infection. ...Read more