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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?

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

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Retainer (Definition)

Retainers are orthodontic appliances designed to minimize changes over time in your nice orthodontic result that you and your orthodontist have worked so hard for. Wear them as ...Read more


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Is it safe to clean your retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush? Would the whitening harm the retainer?

No toothpaste: Brush retainers on removal and just before reinsertion with a soft toothbrush, no toothpaste. All toothpastes, especially whitening toothpastes, are slightly abrasive and can scratch acrylic. Place into denture cleaner (Polident, Efferdent) daily. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is it safe to clean your retainers with a colgate soft total advanced whitening toothbrush? Would the whitening IN THE TOOTHBRUSH harm the retainer?

Whitening: Anything labeled whitening usually has higher than normal levels of abrasives. Brush your retainer 2x/day with a plain soft toothbrush, no toothpaste. Put your retainer into denture cleaner (follow package directions) EVERY day. ...Read more

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Which is better for cleaning a extra soft toothbrush or a soft toothbrush? I'm wearing vivera retainers after invisalign treatment at night.

Which is better for cleaning a extra soft toothbrush or a soft toothbrush? I'm wearing vivera retainers after invisalign treatment at night.

Either one: Either one should be fine. It's more how you brush your teeth than whether it's a soft or extra soft toothbrush. We just don't recommend a medium or hard toothbrush normally. Your own dentist or dental hygienist can go over the technique with you and recommend one. ...Read more

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I wear invisalign retainers at night after my invisalign treatment. Should I change my toothbrush every month/more frequently since I wear these?

I wear invisalign retainers at night after my invisalign treatment. Should I change my toothbrush every month/more frequently since I wear these?

Not necessarily...: Every four to six months should be fine, sooner only if you feel that the toothbrush has worn out due excessive wear and tear. ...Read more

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I have toothbrush abrasion, can I wear a retainer or braces?

I have toothbrush abrasion, can I wear a retainer or braces?

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

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Is it ok to put orajel on my toothbrush?

Is it ok to put orajel on my toothbrush?

Yes, but why?: Once per once, orajel is an expensive way to deal with tooth or gum issues. In low doses it will not hurt you but it is not going to help the issue in the long term. See your dentist and deal with your dental issue. ...Read more

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What parasites can live on toothbrushes?

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

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Swallowed about 55 toothbrush bristles?

Swallowed about 55 toothbrush bristles?

New toothbrush: You need a new toothbrush. By the time you read this answer, the bristles will have passed into your intestines. Be careful next time. ...Read more

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What are some dentists recommended toothbrushes?

Soft toothbrush: The brand name of a toothbrush is not as important as making sure you use a soft toothbrush. This is important to prevent wear and abrasion. ...Read more

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Please tell me, are orthodontic toothbrushes good?

Please tell me, are orthodontic toothbrushes good?

Yes, but: Not really anything specifically called an orthodontic toothbrush. If you mean a professional oral b or sonicare, then yes, these are great! ...Read more

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How much time will DNA stay on a swab or a toothbrush?

How much time will DNA stay on a swab or a toothbrush?

For a long time: As long as the swab stays dry the DNA is preserved for a long time. You can use cotton-tipped swabs or a brand new toothbrush, because the toothpaste on a used brush will compromise the DNA results. ...Read more

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Are power brushes really better than regular toothbrush?

Are power brushes really better than regular toothbrush?

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

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Can anyone please tell me what a short headed toothbrush is?

Can anyone please tell me what a short headed toothbrush is?

Smaller brush size: Toothbrushes come in different sizes. Smaller sizes are usually recommended for people with smaller mouths. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the best way to disinfect a toothbrush?

Can you tell me what is the best way to disinfect a toothbrush?

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

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Should u change toothbrushes after every herpes oral outbreak?

Should u change toothbrushes after every herpes oral outbreak?

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

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Does a sonicare toothbrush work better than a manual toothbrush?

Does a sonicare toothbrush work better than a manual toothbrush?

Yes: Clinical studies show a dramatic improvement in overall oral health. We highly recommend using either sonicare or oral-B ...Read more

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Why do they put tennis balls on some instruments and toothbrushes?

Why do they put tennis balls on some instruments and toothbrushes?

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

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I like my sonic toothbrush but cannot afford the brushes. What should I do?

I like my sonic toothbrush but cannot afford the brushes. What should I do?

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

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I've started to use a gentle toothbrush, but will it still help remove plaque?

I've started to use a gentle toothbrush, but will it still help remove plaque?

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

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Jammed my gum with a toothbrush and a white thing appeared it hurts. How do I heal it?

Jammed my gum with a toothbrush and a white thing appeared it hurts. How do I heal it?

Gum abrasion: Nature will heal it without any treatment necessary. Avoid acidic and spicy foods. Salt water rinses are a form of mild antiseptic and may make it feel better. ...Read more

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Must soft or super-soft toothbrushes always be used for effectiveness in oral hygiene?

Must soft or super-soft toothbrushes always be used for effectiveness in oral hygiene?

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

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Toothbrush bristles turn pink after a while...what is the reason behind this...is this harmful?

Toothbrush bristles turn pink after a while...what is the reason behind this...is this harmful?

Serratia Marcescens: Is bacteria that will grow anywhere if there is sufficient moisture. You should change your tooth brush every 2-3 month. ...Read more

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It is necessary to disinfect a toothbrush after using? If so, what is the easiest way to do this?

It is necessary to disinfect a toothbrush after using? If so, what is the easiest way to do this?

It is not necessary: There are a host of gadgets available if you so choose. Just apply common sense - rinse the toothbrush well after use, leave it out to dry; replace frequently, replace if you have just recovered from the flu, cold etc. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

No!: It is unlikely to transmit gonorrhea through everyday contacts such as towels, etc.... But for hygienic reasons its best not to share such personal items anyway! ...Read more

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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?

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

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Any suggestions for toothpastes and toothbrushes for braces?

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

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How can you clean a toothbrush?

How can you clean a toothbrush?

Rinse and Dry!: Rinse it and let it dry. You are not going to reinfect yourself with a cold! ...Read more

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Is a vibrating toothbrush effective?

Is a vibrating toothbrush effective?

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

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Can the ionic toothbrush really work?

Can the ionic toothbrush really work?

Snake oil!: I have not seen a study or a juried scientific article that shows an "ionic" brush imparts any special cleaning effects. Don't waste your money! ...Read more

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How often should I replace my toothbrush?

How often should I replace my toothbrush?

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

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How often should you get a new toothbrush?

How often should you get a new toothbrush?

New tooothbrushes: Replace your toothbrush every 3-6 months depending upon wear and also after colds, flu, etc. ...Read more