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Toothbrush Questions

Do you or a loved one use toothbrushes and wonder about the different types? Do you need to know how to care for them or where information can be found? Often individuals can become overwhelmed with the different types of toothbrushes and how to properly care for them. Often Expert insight is needed to help clarify any doubts and concerns.

What is a toothbrush?

A toothbrush is an oral hygiene instrument that is used to help clean both the gums and teeth. This is made up of a head of tightly clustered bristles that are attached to a plastic handle. The handle makes it much easier to clean hard to reach areas in the mouth. Toothbrushes can be found with many different bristle textures, forms and sizes. Since hard bristled toothbrushes can cause damage to the teeth enamel and even irritate the gums, soft bristles are more recommended by dental professionals. Questions about the types, complications and risks of developing diseases can all arise. Read below where Experts have answered many commonly asked questions.

Could HIV be contracted by sharing a toothbrush?

The HIV virus can be found in tears, nervous system tissue, blood, breast milk, bodily secretions and saliva. Therefore the virus could be contracted through the shared use of glasses and toothbrushes. The shared use of oral hygiene devices should be avoided because illnesses other than HIV could be contracted also.

Are electric toothbrushes more effective than those that are manual?

The mechanism for electric toothbrushes is similar to manual ones. The bristles move across the surface of the teeth a lot faster than what would be done by a manual toothbrush. Therefore, the same task can be accomplished with both types. However, individuals may not use a manual brush with enough skill or persistence to equal the effectiveness of an electric one. The built in time of some models on an electric brush can help compel individuals to brush for the recommended two minute time duration.

Could a herpes virus be contracted through a toothbrush?

This virus can only survive for a few hours outside the human body in special circumstances. However, this virus typically dies quickly when on a non-living surface or is exposed to air. The shared use of a toothbrush directly after an infected person can pose a risk simply because of the more direct exchange. If the toothbrush is left in room temperature, and is exposed to the air, the virus should die quickly.

Would it be safe to use an electric toothbrush with a pacemaker implant?

Pacemakers have a warning because electric devices such as an electric toothbrush could interfere with the cardiac pacing by interfering with the electromagnetic fields. However, a medical study has shown that electric toothbrushes do not cause pacemakers to trigger or stop working all together. However, if possible someone should avoid using the electric version because different makes and models can have different effects on a pacemaker’s activity.

Anytime a new toothbrush is needed, questions and concerns can arise. Questions regarding the benefits of an electric toothbrush versus a manual one, the warnings, and sharing should be monitored by medical professionals. For more information or for answers to these questions, an individual should ask an Expert.
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