Best Electric Toothbrush

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When it comes to children, most would rather play a game than brush their teeth. Dentists recommend brushing for at least two minutes, twice a day, and most parents know the struggle of getting a child to do this.

The Kolibree sonic toothbrush with 3D motion sensors makes toothbrushing easier. Connected via Bluetooth to the Kolibree mobile phone app (FREE from the App Store and Google Play), kids can play as they brush, while parents get real-time feedback on brushing habits and progress.

Kolibree Smart Toothbrush Can Let The Kids Play Games While Brushing

The Go Pirate game on the Kolibree app leads the user down the plank toward the treasure chest. A child picks up game coins along the way for brushing in the right places and for the right amount of time.

Brush longer, not harder.
The Kolibree connected toothbrush, with its soft, rounded bristles, was developed with the support of dentists who know that brushing too hard can damage the gums. The sonic (vibrating) brush head gently and effectively removes plaque and bacteria to help prevent cavities and gum irritation.

Kolibree Index will bring together regularity, quality and frequency enabling the user to keep tabs on their dental hygiene habits. With Check Up they can see a quick visual view of the areas they have missed, and the app also lets them set Reminders so that they remember to brush at least twice a day.

There’s even an offline mode now which lets users sync data later when they have the time for it, for example they can keep brushing twice a day but only sync data with the app twice in one week.

The new Kolibree smart toothbrush is now cheaper at $149 and the Go Pirate 2 game and personalized Coach features are available for the iPhone. Android will get the updates later this year.

 

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How Long Should I Charge My Electric Toothbrush

I was wondering how I should charge my electric toothbrush to get the longest life out of the rechargeable batteries. The toothbrush uses 2 Nicad AA rechargeable batteries and the batteries are trickle charged. The manual suggest that I keep the handle in the charger all the time, and says that there is no way that the batteries can be overcharged.  I currently keep the handle on the charger, and completely discharge the handle every month or so.  Should I be doing it differently?   Cheetah Designs asked How Long Should I Charge My Electric Toothbrush

In our home we have this problem. The toothbrush. It doesn’t have anywhere to sit.

Our pedestal sink doesn’t have enough space and we aren’t quite ready to tackle a bathroom renovation (especially based on our toothbrush needs) just yet.

So out of curiosity, we left our charging station in the linen closet to see just how long 1 full charging would last on the toothbrush. Without the base getting in the way we were able to put the toothbrush in our medicine cabinet for easy use.

Each day we pulled our toothbrush from the cabinet to use it. When we were finished we returned it back to it’s home behind the mirrored door and made sure to brush at night as well. Each cycle in the toothbrush is 3 minutes, so the toothbrush was being used for roughly 6 minutes each day.

We started our little experiment back over the 4th of July weekend where we charged our brushes (both my husband and I use one) before heading out to the family farm in Nebraska for the weekend. The little light up meter on the brush dropped a bar before the weekend was up, and the second bar after another two weeks. But it held onto it’s last little bar of “time left to brush” until yesterday the 15th of October. So 3 months and a handful of days.

In the past we had always charged them once they got down to their last bar. Back on the charger they went and everything went along as normal. Now we know that we don’t have to bother with the inconvenience of propping the charger on the sink (or in some cases in the sink bowl… which was dry no worries) we will be keeping up with using the charging base a little as possible, which is most likely more healthy for the battery and the charging memory that it keeps.

Now we are curious if there is anything else we do the same experiment on!

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Here are a few tips to keep your toothbrush germs and bacteria free… and healthy.

Change your brush head frequently

It is highly recommended to change the brush heads every 3 months, at least. However, in some cases, more often is better. For example, you might want to change your brush head after being sick, if you have a weaker immune system or if the toothbrush head has been worn out (for example, if the bristles are not straight anymore.

Put away your toothbrush

Rinse thoroughly your brush head after brushing your teeth. You should keep your toothbrush in a vertical position and not lying down against the counter top, where bacteria can grow. Humid environments are more conducive to bacterial growth, therefore avoid covering the head of your toothbrush as this increase germs growth and dry your toothbrush between brushing (shake it dry and air dry).

Also keep your toothbrush as far as possible from the toilets…

Brush your teeth… well

To reduce the amount of bacteria and germs on your brush head, you can try using mouthwash before brushing. However brushing your teeth twice a day can and will also achieve the same results. Indeed, the less germs in your mouth, the less germs on your toothbrush…

Bacteria and oral health

Although we talked a lot about the bad sides of bacterial growth, there is another side tobacteria. As a matter of fact, they play two roles. First, we know their bad side, where their excessive growth leads to gingivitis, cavities, dental plaque and some types of infections. On the other hand, some bacteria are useful, even necessary to control the growth of fungus and to maintain a healthy mouth.

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It’s hard to make kids brush their teeth – The fact is, most people don’t tend to brush for long enough. The average adult spends just 46 seconds brushing, which is well short of the dentist recommended 2 minutes. When timing themselves, people are 50% more likely to brush for the right amount of time. You stand in front of the mirror and stare at yourself while you jiggle a bristled stick around your mouth for two minutes. In that time, you get to notice all the little imperfections, like that pimple that will blossom into glorious acne tomorrow morning. Now, though, there’s a solution – Brush DJ, an app for your phone that is so much more than a toothbrush timer.

Rock out while you get that plaque out!

Brush DJ is a free application for Apple and Android devices, designed by dentist Ben Underwood to make brushing more fun. With a fully randomized timer that pulls music from the location you set, it plays for two minutes while you brush your teeth. This means that each morning and night are totally different scenarios, and you can dance around while making sure your pearly whites remain pearly white.

Never forget again.

In addition to playing your favourite tunes, Brush DJ has a timer that you can set for specific times to remind you to brush your teeth. This can be set for different times on weekends, allowing you to sleep in without being bothered by an alarm. It also reminds you of proper brushing technique, such as not washing your mouth out afterward. The application also informs you to use a fluoride mouthwash to help guard your teeth against decay. There is even a reminder to tell you to floss and get between your teeth. You can no longer claim, “I forgot!” as an excuse not to floss.

It’s like having a dentist in your pocket all the time.

This app also allows you to set long term reminders of when you last paid a visit to your dentist, and when exactly you need to go again. Brushing too much canbe just as bad as not brushing enough, which is why having a  timer, is important. Studies have shown that two minutes, twice a day, is the optimal time for clearing out the plaque without wearing down your teeth.

Perfect for all age groups.

Are you an adult, and would prefer to listen to smooth jazz in the morning? Give Brush DJ a playlist to pull from. Children can also set all their upbeat, happy tunes to play, giving them a reason to look forward to something that is all too often viewed as a chore. Before you know it, kids may begin looking forward to toothbrush time, instead of avoiding it!

Brush DJ is an app designed to make brushing your teeth fun, but also to help improve
awareness of overall dental hygiene and guide people towards making better decisions when it comes to their teeth. At absolutely no cost, what have you go to lose? Visit Brush DJ at their website  where they also have a couple of really great videos well worth watching.   Or just click on the icons below for immediate download of this must have app.

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Electric toothbrushes are more effective at cleaning teeth than manual toothbrushes, can help prevent tooth staining, and will lower your risk for toothbrush abrasion. If you have the money you should definitely invest in one.
There is a bit of a learning curve to using an electric toothbrush correctly. Since the brushing motion is done entirely by the toothbrush, all you have to do is position the toothbrush head so the bristles reach the right areas.

Before You Begin

Before you begin brushing, be sure to ask your dental professional for recommendations on technique. It also might be helpful to refer to the brushing instructions supplied with your electric toothbrush.
To start, apply a fluoride toothpaste to the brush head (and by the way, remember to replace the brush head on your power toothbrush every three months).

Two Minutes, Twice a Day

To brush your teeth correctly, spend at least two minutes using a recommended technique, which includes 30 seconds brushing each section of your mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left), both morning and night. Most rechargeable electric toothbrushes have built-in two-minute timers, and some even have professional timers that parse out 30 seconds for each quadrant to help you keep track.

Correct brushing technique requires that you develop a sense of where the toothbrush bristles are touching. Everyone’s teeth are different and applying one brushing method to all people simply won’t work. You must be able to feel the bristles slightly in-between your teeth and also along your gumline so you can individualize your brushing and know you are cleaning the right spots. I find that it is best to start using your electric toothbrush without toothpaste, wetting the bristles just like we did with manual toothbrushes. Without the distraction of the sudsy toothpaste you can really focus on where the toothbrush bristles are touching.

Positioning The Electric Toothbrush

When using a rechargeable electric toothbrush, it isn’t necessary to press hard or scrub. Simply guide the brush while it provides the brushing action. In fact, some electric toothbrushes, like Oral-B ProfessionalCare 5000 with Wireless SmartGuide,TM have pressure sensors that alert you when you’re brushing too hard.

Step 1: Make sure your toothbrush is charged. Many electric toothbrushes have charge level indicator lights, so you can actually see when the toothbrush is charged.

Step 2: Start with the outside surfaces of the teeth. Guide the brush head slowly from tooth to tooth, holding the brush head in place for a few seconds against each tooth before moving on to the next one. Follow along with the shape of each tooth and the curve of the gums.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 on the inside surfaces of the teeth.

Step 4: Repeat Step 2 on the chewing surfaces of the teeth as well as behind the back teeth.

Step 5: Direct the brush head along the gum line and upon the gums. Again, do not press hard or scrub.

Step 6: Try grazing the brush head along your tongue and the roof of your mouth, back to front, to help freshen your breath.

 

 

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Don’t know what to get for a loved one this holiday season? Consider giving the gift of great oral health! An electric toothbrush is a great gift idea for anyone on your shopping list this season. There are many benefits of using an electric-powered toothbrush. Many incorporate self-timers into their design which lets you know if you are brushing long enough. Remember, dental professionals recommend you brush your teeth at least two times a day for two minutes. Electric toothbrushes can also be a lot easier to use for individuals with more limited dexterity. Plus, using an electric toothbrush can seem more fun and can encourage you to brush the right way.

Gift Ideas for Him, Her and the Kids!

pink sonicarePhilips Sonicare DiamondClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Pink

The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean comes in three colors, pink, black or white.

The pink would be perfect for a lady! If you would like to treat one of the ladies in your life to a special treat for their holiday smile then what could be better than a pink edition toothbrush?!

I have only just discovered the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Pink Edition, and I am loving it!Not only is the handle of this brush a lovely shade of pastel pink, but so is the charging travel case. The lights inside the brush gently glow and fade when the brush is turned off.

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean rechargeable electric toothbrush, White Edition, HX9332 (Health and Beauty)


List Price: $224.12 USD
New From: $218.88 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Click here for my review on the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean.

Sonicare for Kids

Sonicare for Kids

Philips Sonicare for Kids

Meanwhile, for your little angels, the Philips Sonicare for Kids will keep their little gnashers clean and healthy over the holiday period, and the brush handle comes with a change of interchangeable panels so they can customize it to their own personal taste.

Philips Sonicare Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush for Kids, HX6311/07 (Health and Beauty)


List Price: $49.99 USD
New From: $82.50 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

baby tooth album

 

Baby Tooth Album Organizer

Looking for a gift for baby?  then the Baby Tooth Album Organizer will store your child’s baby teeth as they lose them. The organiser is flat enough to be stored inside a photo album and comes with a really handy chart to make notes of the date your child lost its tooth and their progress.

Baby Tooth Organizer for Photo Album & Scrapbook (Baby Product)


List Price: $9.99 USD
New From: $9.99 USD In Stock
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crest whitening strips

 

Crest 3D WhiteStrips

Crest 3D White Whitestrips will give your teeth a professional level whitening and stain removal treatment. The kit contains 20-days worth of strips for upper and lower teeth. You use them once a day and stick them to your teeth, leaving them in place for 30 minutes. In addition, the kit also contains two two-hour strips. I was a bit sceptical about whether these strips really work, but they have great reviews!

Stocking stuffers

Any of these gifts could be included in a bundle with a toothbrush, or used as little stocking stuffers.

therabreath

Therabreath Fresh Breath Oral Rinse

Indulged in a lot of spicy food over the festive period? TheraBreath Oral Rinse Therabreath Fresh Breath Oral Rinse will keep your mouth as fresh as a daisy for 24 hours with its mild minty flavor, it’s alcohol free and won’t burn. It’s also suitable for vegans and gluten free and will keep your mouth from feeling dry and sticky.

 

 

Flossing & Floss Picks

floss picksFor the ultimate cleaning experience flossing and floss picks will keep your teeth and gums in tip top conditions over the holiday period. These Glide Floss Picks will give your teeth some well deserved TLC over the holiday period.

Oral-B Glide Floss Picks-30 count (Pack of 6) (Health and Beauty)


List Price: $21.10 USD
New From: $16.36 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

 

Lip Kiss Tube Dispenser

Pucker up with these lips, as your other half won’t be able to resist them. You slide the Lip Kiss Tube Dispenser Cream Squeezer Lip Kiss Tube Dispenser over your tube of toothpaste and it squeezes the contents from the bottom of the tube towards the nozzle, thus saving a lot of wastage.  You can also use them on other tubes of cream.

 

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Looking for the best electric toothbrush? You’ve come to the right place. On this website you’ll find many honest reviews of the best-selling and best rated electric toothbrushes available on the market. You’ll also find detailed guides on using electric toothbrushes and tips on how to find the the best electric toothbrush for your needs.best-electric-toothbrush-224x300

Why should you use an electric toothbrush instead of a normal toothbrush? The answer is simple. A great deal of clinical research has proven that electric toothbrushes are simply far superior to manual toothbrushes when it comes to getting rid of dental plague and preventing gum disease.

An electric toothbrush is designed to vibrate at a high speed, producing much more brush strokes per minute than manual toothbrushes. They also come with special unique features like different cleaning modes, brush timers, whitening polishers, gum massagers and pressure sensors, amongst many other capabilities. All of these factors help you ensure that you maintain an optimum level of oral hygiene and dental health.

In short, electric toothbrushes will improve your dental health, prevent gum disease, make your teeth look whiter and help you cultivate good oral hygiene habits. They are also useful for individuals with physical disabilities and older folks who do not have the arm strength to brush their teeth thoroughly.

I highly recommend that you read the entire buying guide but if you prefer to skip it and jump straight to my personal list of the top 6 electric toothbrushes from amazon now,  just click on this link.

What Types of Electric Toothbrushes Are There?

If you’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of electric toothbrushes available, don’t worry. I’ll help you make sense of it all. While you may notice a huge variety of electric toothbrushes online or in your local store, they can all be divided into two different types. Yes, that’s right. Just two types. They are as follows:

1. Normal Power Electric Toothbrush. These are low-end electric toothbrushes which can produce 3,000 to 7,500 brush strokes in a minute. They usually have rotary brush heads which spin in a circular motion or pulsating brush heads which vibrate in a horizontal forward-and-back motion. Many power electric toothbrushes do not have additional features like pressure sensors, quadrant timers and other cleaning modes. Their price range is from $15 to $100.

2. Sonic Electric Toothbrush. The sonic toothbrush is similar to the power toothbrush except for one key difference: brush speed and power. The best sonic toothbrush produces 30,000 to 40,000 brush strokes in a minute, significantly higher than normal electric toothbrush. Essentially a super high speed device for cleaning your teeth, sonic toothbrushes can generate sound waves and vibrating water molecules which are more effective in cleaning the teeth and gums. Their prices range from $100 to $170.

Clinical comparative research has proven that sonic toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque than normal electric toothbrushes. These sonic toothbrushes usually come equipped with all the latest toothbrush technology like pressure sensors, timers, self-cleaning UV sanitizers and other features.

Now let’s move on and look the points you keep in mind when looking at the different electric toothbrushes out there. Understanding these factors will help you make a better electric toothbrush comparison so you can choose the best toothbrush for your needs.

Advanced Features of the Best Electric Toothbrushes

The best electric toothbrush for your needs should not only have sufficient brushing power but it should have other features which complement your daily oral care routine. Consider choosing toothbrushes with the following extra capabilities as they can greatly improve your oral hygiene everyday:

Pressure Sensors – A main problem that many people have is that they brush too hard. Too much pressure on your teeth will not ruin your teeth enamel, but will also lead to oversensitive gums. Gums can bleed when too much force is applied during brushing. To counteract this problem, some electric toothbrushes have built-in pressure sensors that that will tell you when you are brushing too hard.

Built-in Two Minute Timer – Dental health care professionals all agree that you need to brush your teeth for the minimum duration of two minutes in order to effectively get rid of plaque and bacteria. This is hard to manage with manual toothbrushes. However, electric toothbrushes have a 2-minute timer which automatically starts when the toothbrush is turned on. It will then pulse or vibrate after 2 minutes. This helps to eliminate the problem of under brushing and is a very important feature to have a electric toothbrus

Quadrant Timers – For cleaning purposes, your mouth can be split into four sections. Dentists recommend that you spend at least 30 seconds on one quadrant before moving to the next. Some toothbrushes have quadrant timers that beep or buzz in 30 second intervals to tell you to move on to another part of your mouth. Unlike the 2-minute timer, this is a special feature that is often only found in high-end electric toothbrushes.

UV Sanitizer – A UV sanitizer produces UV light which shines on your toothbrush heads, killing any existing bacteria or germs that may grow on your brush head while its sitting in your wet bathroom. They are highly recommended for hygiene purposes, especially if you live in messy/crowded areas where dirt and germs from the environment and other people can accumulate on your toothbrush head.

All of the features above are often included in high-end sonic electric toothbrushes. Some low-end power toothbrushes may have one feature or two but never all four of them at once. Just something to keep in mind when you’re shopping for electric toothbrushes.

Final Word: Which Electric Toothbrush Should I Buy?

Now that you’ve read my entire buyer’s guide to electric toothbrushes, you should have a pretty good idea of what electric toothbrushes you want. If you still need more guidance, here is my personal advice on buying electric toothbrushes. These tips are the result of many years of personal experience in buying electric toothbrushes for myself and loved ones.

First things first: Let’s talk about the cost involved. While I think its important to not over-spend, I cannot emphasize how important it is to ignore price as a main factor when choosing electric toothbrushes. I know some of you may be on a budget but hear me out: there is a reason to my madness. Why do I say price is not a relevant factor? Here are two main reasons:

Electric toothbrushes are long term investments. A good high quality electric toothbrush can last you many years. When you divide the cost of a $160 sonic toothbrush over 2 years, it only comes to around $6 a month, which is really a LOW price to pay for great looking teeth and fantastic oral health. Don’t make the mistake of buying inferior toothbrushes just because you want to save money. It’s just not worth it in the long run.

Dental health is important. Extremely important. An electric toothbrush is NOT a frivolous fashion item that doesn’t add much value to your life. It’s a product that’s critical for your dental healthand overall well-being. Choosing a great electric toothbrush with all the extra features can make a huge difference to your oral health over the years. It can literally maintain your teeth in perfect form so you never have to visit the dentist for fillings and cavity removals. Dentists are expensive. While you cannot avoid a yearly check-up, you can avoid major dental intervention by having a perfect dental hygiene plan through the use of a high quality electric toothbrush.

HOT TIP – If you really want to save money and there is more than one person in a household, consider buying a high-end sonic toothbrush and sharing it. Don’t worry, it’s hygienic. You just need to get multiple brush heads and label each one with the name of the person using it. Attach the relevant brush-head when its your turn to brush. A downside of this method is that sometimes the toothbrush will have low battery power because it’s used multiple times a day. You should also be fine with sharing the toothbrush handle. Some people may not be open to this idea and find it a hassle to share. Check first!

Now let’s decide on the type of electric toothbrush. Should you choose a sonic toothbrush or a normal power electric toothbrush? Personally, I highly recommend buying a sonic toothbrush instead of just a normal electric toothbrush. Sonic toothbrushes are just more effective when it comes to removing plague and keeping your teeth clean. Many clinical studies have proven that sonic toothbrushes perform better.

From personal experience, I just feel cleaner and fresher when I’m using an sonic toothbrush. I especially like the very slight ticklish feeling of sonic toothbrushes when I brush my teeth: it’s a great sensation. Nothing like deep cleaning my teeth and massaging my gums everyday. From what I’ve seen in the mirror, sonic toothbrushes do clean away food particles and coffee/tea stains much better than normal electric toothbrushes. So in short, go with a sonic toothbrush instead of a normal power toothbrush.

Here are my top recommendations for the best electric toothbrushes. If you’re short of time and don’t want to read many toothbrush reviews, just go with the ones listed below. They are the best-selling and most popular electric toothbrushes on the market right now so you can’t go wrong with choosing any of them.

Best Rated Electric Toothbrush – My Top Recommendations

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Toddlers don’t really understand why they need to brush their teeth, no matter what stories we tell them about cavities.  And having someone else put something in your mouth and move it around is simply scary, or at least uncomfortable.  Most of us don’t enjoy visiting the dentist every six months; we ask kids to open their mouths for us twice a day.  No wonder they resist.

Holding a child down is always a bad idea. It’s guaranteed to make them hate brushing their teeth.  And it undermines your relationship.  So I really don’t like the idea many dentists suggest, that two adults work together to lie the child down and hold his hands while the other person brushes his teeth.  Imagine if someone did this to you.  How could it not be traumatizing?

That doesn’t mean you should give up on brushing your toddler’s teeth, obviously. Reconciling those two things can be tough,  but I have seen many families do it.  Basically, you start small and keep at it, just as you do with every other habit.  They all brush, eventually.   A few suggestions:

1. Make brushing teeth just part of the routine.  You may want to try it BEFORE the bath so she is not so tired. Or even during the bath.  More awkward for you, but  she will be more playful and relaxed. Even right after dinner works.

2. TAKE TURNS!

Let her brush yours if you can brush hers. –Shanon H.

My daughter is 27 months. I brush my teeth while she uses her own brush, then we switch…..she brushes mine with my brush, I brush hers with her brush. –Sara H.

3. WARM HER UP TO THE IDEA SLOWLY

If it’s the brush they don’t like let them play with an extra one so they don’t fear it. They can brush dolls or trucks to clean them. Also, you can put something on their toothbrush they like (even if it’s not the healthiest) just to get them used to the brush in their mouth and slowly switch to toothpaste. You will still have to clean it with the cloth afterward until they get use to the brush. –Melody L.

4. MAKE IT FUN!

My daughter and I used to “race” to see who could brush the longest. And she wrote on the bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker with “winner” hash marks. She always beat me. –Christine D.

Have her lay on the floor with her head in your lap while you sit cross legged, and pretend to play dentist and brush. –Courtney P.

We tell our 3yo there are dragons in her mouth that will eat her teeth and that you have to brush to keep them from eating your teeth. She thinks it’s funny when we “chase” her dragons with the toothbrush! –Taylor J.

5. SCARE HER

I’m mean. I tell them if they don’t brush, the dentist will have to use a drill like Daddy uses to build, in their mouths to fix their teeth. Oh, and they will need a shot. Cruel? A little Effective? Yes. –Romy P.

(Note: Based on the comments below, this may not be the best tactic, but do what works for you!)

6. GET HELP FROM PROPS

There’s a book – it’s a Norwegian one called ‘Karius and Bakkus’ and it got me in there to brush!!! And we used those stupid flashing toothbrushes. Also let them brush my teeth. –Joy H. of Evil Joy Speaks

Disney and Oral-B have this awesome app out. Well, the *concept* is awesome, but the app itself is horrible. You make profiles of your kids, then you scan your Oral-B products. It shows a little picture for 2 minutes while a toothbrush brushes the bubbles off of it to reveal what the picture is. Then the kids get a sticker after the brush. The app is so awful, it crashes all the time, doesn’t open, etc. So why am I recommending it to you? The 3-5 times it did actually open was enough for my son to get over his INSANE fear of tooth brushing. He would scream and scream and cry while it took both my husband and I to get him to open his mouth so we could shove the stupid toothbrush in. After the app, he now brushes (mostly) willingly and without incident. So maybe it’ll work for you, maybe not, but if you can get that app to open and work, I’d give it a shot! –Katie P.

7. STOP STRESSING ABOUT IT

No one ever had to sit on a 10 yr old and brush her teeth for her. Well, not to my knowledge any way. –Penny L.

Do you have any effective tooth-brushing tips for toddlers?

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If she resists, don’t get into a power struggle.  Just “Play” toothbrushing the next day so she sees it is still on the agenda and gets a chance to work out some of her resistance.  Then try some version of brushing the next night.

There are also books and videos out there  that are worth reading with her because it helps her to get used to the idea.  There are even videos on utube of toddlers brushing.  She probably wants to mimic other kids, right?

BUT I need to add that you can only fight one battle at a time.  That is a good general, if frustrating rule, about any change you want to create.  So I would not stress about tooth brushing while you are transitioning her nap.  If she is too tired at night to handle it, then wait two months until she is taking longer naps.

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Tooth brushing is such an ingrained habit, few people think twice about it, but as with any habit, you can get sloppy, and that can lead to cavities and gum disease.

Here, dentists and oral health experts point out 10 common tooth brushing mistakes and how to fix them.

1. Not using the right toothbrush

The British Dental Health Foundation recommends using a small to medium size toothbrush. Make sure the handle is comfortable to hold.

Which is better: electric or manual? This generally comes down to individual preference.

According to the British Dental Health Foundation, electric toothbrushes have been proven to be at least 25% more effective than manual toothbrushes. Your dentist or hygienist can advise which one best suits your dental needs.

2. Not picking the right bristle

Some toothbrushes have angled bristles, others straight. So is one type better? It’s more related to brushing technique than how the bristles are angled. The British Dental Health Foundation recommends a brush with soft to medium multi-tufted, round-ended nylon bristles.

Bristles should be sturdy enough to remove plaque but not hard enough when used properly to damage the teeth.

3. Not brushing often enough or long enough

You should clean your teeth at least twice a day, especially last thing at night. However, if you eat or drink sugary foods, you ought to clean more often. Cleaning for two minutes is usually sufficient to remove plaque.

4. Brushing too often or too hard

While brushing your teeth three times a day is ideal, doing it more frequently than that may not be beneficial. Brushing more than four times a day may seem compulsive. Excessive brushing could expose the root of the tooth to irritation, and that could in turn irritate the gums. Brushing too vigorously can also erode tooth enamel. The trick is to brush gently for two to three minutes.

5. Not brushing correctly

To brush your teeth correctly, the British Dental Health Foundation recommends that you:

  • Place the head of your toothbrush against your teeth, then tilt the bristle tips to a 45 degree angle against the gum line. Move the brush in small circular movements, several times, on all the surfaces of every tooth.
  • Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, upper and lower, keeping the bristles angled against the gum line.
  • Use the same method on the inside surfaces of all your teeth.
  • Brush the biting surfaces of the teeth.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several small circular strokes with the front part of the brush.

6. Starting in the same place each time

Many people start brushing the same part of their mouth over and over, dentists find. It’s better to start in a different place each time so that the same teeth are not left till last — by that time you may be running out of steam.

7. Skipping inner tooth surfaces

Most people forget to brush the inner surfaces of teeth — the surface that your tongue presses against. The plaque harboured there is just as damaging as the plaque on the front.

The most commonly skipped area, dentists say, is the inner surface of the front teeth.

8. Not following up with a rinse of the brush

Bacteria can grow on an unrinsed toothbrush. Then the next time you brush your teeth, you may actually put old bacteria back in your mouth. Rinsing the toothbrush after you brush will also help remove any leftover toothpaste.

9. Not letting the toothbrush dry out

If you have a toothbrush that’s perpetually damp, it will cultivate more bacteria. If the bristles stay soggy, you can misshape them as you use the brush. You could keep two brushes so that one is always dry.

10. Not changing the toothbrush often enough

The British Dental Health Foundation recommends changing your toothbrush every two to three months, or sooner if the bristles look frayed.

A visual inspection of the bristles is better than sticking to any strict timescale for changing your brush.

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Electric tooth brush head is hard, long-term use may damage the gums, the rotating force and some texture delicate teeth had to bear the electric toothbrush,on the gums vulnerable people, and consult with your doctor before using.

Therefore, experts suggest not to long-term use of electric tooth, especiallychildren’s defensive ability is weaker, it is best not to use an electric toothbrush.

If you have to buy electric toothbrush, the two are used interchangeably, but still want to a manual toothbrush, a week can be used occasionally 2 ~ 3 times ofelectric toothbrush.

Children before the age of 7 should not use electric toothbrush

Expert introduction, frequency and intensity of electric toothbrush is fixed,because children can not grasp the method of using appropriate, easy to damage the tender gums, the gingival redness symptoms, but also make theteeth are subjected to severe wear. Severe cases can also cause periodontitis,lead to tooth loss.

The purchase and use of electric toothbrush

Electric toothbrush into the plug and drive two types of battery. Compared with the traditional manual toothbrush, under electric driving, the brush head to the thousands per minute is thousands of times the speed, efficiency is much higher than the manual toothbrush bristles, but it demands higher, in order to notdamage gums.

The brush head size is differ from man to man

“Buy a toothbrush, first of all depends on the size of the brush head.” Director Han said, “brush head are generally smaller, so that it can rotate flexibly in the oral cavity. Children’s oral small brush head needs to be smaller. In general, the brush head size to every man according to circumstances, need to consider the size, the degree of opening oral and personal habits and other factors. There is no uniform standard.” America dental society, adult toothbrush should be: the brush head is about 2.54 ~ 3.18 cm, width of 0.79 ~ 0.95 cm; the brush hair 2 to 4 rows, each row of 5 ~ 12 beam. However, the adult also can select the brush head 2.3 cm long, 0.8 cm wide children toothbrush.

Secondly, to see the brush hair soft and hard. The bristles should choose soft hard moderate, or slightly soft. But it should be noted, too soft hairs easily brush is not clean. The bristles are made before the bristles, very hard, easy to damage the teeth and gums, has been basically eliminated; bristles present multimade of nylon yarn. Specifically speaking, can be divided into two types –common silk and DuPont silk. Du Bangsi good elasticity, not easy to fall.

Third, sanding treatment is also very important. Brush after cutting, if after thesmooth processing, easy too sharp and harm. Brush toothbrush Maojian grindingsanding round, can prevent the damage to the gums, protective effect ofstronger. At the same time, the Korean director remind everybody, the toothbrush should be changed every 3 months. The use of time is too long,bristle accumulate bacteria, bad oral health. Using DuPont wire brush the people not by brush didn’t fall without replacing the toothbrush. In addition, the brush head is square or diamond shape, the bristles of the brush border flat or wavy,brush handle is bent is straight, not on the tooth brushing effect what effect.Brush your teeth with the ordinary toothbrush is very good.