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Uv Toothbrush Sanitizer
I use an electric toothbrush. I get cold sores frequently. How can I sanitize my toothbrush? At $22 per head i cannot afford to replace each time.
Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate): Ask your dentist to write a rxn for peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate). It is an antimicrobial mouth rinse. You can rinse your brush head in hot water , then let it soak in this for 15 - 30 minutes, then rinse again and allow to dry. Also, you might invest in 2 brush heads and alternate so they dry completely. Good luck. The cold sores are viral.If herpes, ask your dentist for rxn for acyclivir. Often helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very unlikely!!: Hiv travels through blood transmission. Saliva has low or no potential to transmit hiv. If two people have bleeding gums and one has hiv, and both share the same toothbrush... Yes it is possible. But if neither has gum issues, the probability of transmission is about the same as sharing eating utensils. Get an HIV test buy another toothbrush and stop worrying! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Orajel on toothbrush: Yes for the toothbrush. The question is why? This is not something that I would recommend. What are you trying to accomplish. I would not do this on an individual basis and certainly not long term. This is not the intended use of Orajel. Consult with your own dentist regarding what you are trying to accomplish. There are much safer and effective options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: There are basically two types of electric toothbrushes. There is the ‘rotation-oscillation' type. Braun oral b seems to be the market leaders here. The other type are 'sonic' types. Phillips sonicare seems to lead the way here. As for which type is best, it is a personal preference. Both are effective at plaque removal. I personally would prefer the oscillation type. ...Read more