Top 20 Doctor insights on: Swallowed toothbrush bristle

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I just accidentally swallowed a toothbrush bristle. I can feel it in my throat. Should I try and get it out? Will it hurt me if I ingest it?

I just accidentally swallowed a toothbrush bristle. I can feel it in my throat. Should I try and get it out? Will it hurt me if I ingest it?

Ok to swallow: Swallowed toothbrush bristle should be fairly easy to pass through,
removal if you can see it and remove it, otherwise seek medical attention if it is still there or any difficulty breathing or swallowing salivs ...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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Does swallowing foil or toothbrush bristles caused appendicitis?

Does swallowing foil or toothbrush bristles caused appendicitis?

No: But not a good idea. Hopefully swallowed foreign objects will pass without incident. ...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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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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Can toothbrush bristles get harder or softer with use?

Agree and. ..: Worn toothbrushes tend to fray & tangle at the bristle ends, thus are less effective. If it looks worn, it's time for a new soft never hard bristle toothbrush. ...Read more

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Could a pink color on my toothbrush bristles be harmful?

Could a pink color on my toothbrush bristles be harmful?

No: If the bristles were that color when you got the brush and it is an ada accepted brush, it's safe. If they were once white and are now pink, you could have periodontal disease since its probably blood. ...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?

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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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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