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Thinking outside the Box: Alternative Types of Toothbrushes

The most important thing that you can do for your overall oral health is brush your teeth twice a day.  There are a lot of options out there when it comes to your toothbrush, but have you considered using alternative types of toothbrushes? Using non-traditional toothbrushes has grown exponentially over the past several years, and research supports the fact that some of these brushes are better for your teeth than a traditional toothbrush. We’re here highlighting three different toothbrushes to help you decide what type of alternative toothbrush will work for you!

Foreo IssaAlternative Types of Toothbrushes | Kenneth J. Wolnik, DDS

What it is: The foreo issa is the first silicone toothbrush with breakthrough pulsating dental technology designed for a super gentle brushing experience. The bristles generate the right amount of friction effectively removing stains and plaque. The Sweden-based brand also claims to help prevent gum recession.

Features: This pulsating toothbrush is BPA-free and comes with an eight-speed adjustable pulsating soft silicone bristles that are gentle on the teeth. Each charge lasts for six months of use, and you’ll need to replace the brush head once per year.

How to Use: You turn on the device and start brushing like you would with a traditional toothbrush. Every 30 seconds the foreo issa pulsations will pause indicating that it’s time to move to the next quadrant of the mouth. Use regular toothpaste and make sure to turn off and rinse the device after use.

Alternative Types of Toothbrushes | Kenneth J. Wolnik, DDSMiswak Stick

What it is: The miswak stick is an organic teeth cleaning twig made from the Salvadora persica tree and widely used in parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The miswak naturally strengthens and protects the enamel for whiter teeth and fresher breath. According to a study by the Oral Health and Preventative Dentistry, the miswak is more effective than a toothbrush in reducing plaque and gingivitis when used correctly.

Features: The miswak bark contains an antibiotic that suppresses the growth of bacteria and the formation of plaque.  It also contains two times the amount of fluoride than toothpaste and has several ingredients that strengthen tooth enamel including vitamin C, potassium, and chloride.

 How to Use: Remove the stick from the package and trim or chew the bark off one end of the stick about half an inch. Chew on the exposed end until the twig forms bristles and brush as usual. Every few days cut off the exposed bristles and start again.

Bamboo ToothbrushAlternative Types of Toothbrushes | Kenneth J. Wolnik, DDS

What it is: Did you know that plastic toothbrushes are non-biodegradable and can sit in a landfill for over 1,000 years before they break down? If you’re concerned about the environmental impact of your oral health routine, then consider switching to a bamboo toothbrush. This eco-friendly toothbrush has bristles made from recycle materials and is BPA-free.

Features: This durable, yet lightweight toothbrush is water resistant and prevents the growth of bacteria and mold. But, the best thing about the bamboo toothbrush is that it’s fully biodegradable and takes anywhere from six months to two years to breakdown.

How to Use: You can use your bamboo toothbrush just like a traditional toothbrush, but you’ll want to make sure that you rinse and dry it after each use. Make sure to replace this toothbrush monthly.

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For more than 10 years, Kenneth J. Wolnik, DDS has practiced dentistry in Parma Heights, Ohio. Dr. Wolnik and his team provide comprehensive dental services including cleaning, fillings, implants, periodontal disease treatment, teeth whitening, and more. When patients make an appointment with Dr. Wolnik, they can expect the highest level of professionalism and a commitment to providing the best dental care in the area.

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