Do you need to brush your teeth? The answer is “yes” if you have adult teeth in your mouth. There are no studies to show a toothbrush can stop cavities, but it is an important tool to keep your gums healthy. You need a good toothbrush to stimulate blood circulation in your gums and for this, you need a clean, well-designed toothbrush.
As soon as adult molars erupt around 6 years of age, parents should take a serious interest in helping their kids learn how to brush. When you brush, it is important to aim at the gums, and worry more about massaging them, than trying to scrub your teeth to “clean” them.
Toothbrush bristles are too big to reach hidden places where decay starts. Even people who brush and floss perfectly can only remove 40% of plaque from their mouths. Trust Zellies Xylitol Mints and Gum to rid your mouth of 98% plaque using 5-10 grams of xylitol each day. Xylitol makes plaque slippery and controls its growth, so your teeth will be cleaned easily, especially if you are using our rinse routine, the Zellies Complete Mouth Care System.
Many people have enjoyed using the Zellies Toothbrush, but unfortunately this is currently not available. We searched for a replacement and found the MouthWatchers Antibacterial Toothbrush! This brush is very comfortable and has an added advantage of being antibacterial. Toothbrushes easily get infected and mold grows on a regular brush if it is stored wet. Toilet bacteria travel through the air and sometimes contribute to bleeding gums, periodontal pocketing and bad breath.
Here’s why we love the Mouth Watchers Antibacterial Toothbrush:
- Nano-Silver bristles eliminate 99.9% of bristle bacteria 6 hours after use
- Revolutionary Flossing Bristles™ – long, soft bristles with
- 1 micrometer diameter tips for superior cleaning of teeth and gums; harder inner bristles ensure complete cleaning
- Comfort grip handle
- High quality construction
- PBT Bristle material outlasts traditional nylon used in competitive brushes
Always spritz or swish a toothbrush in Listerine after brushing, or use an antibacterial brush. The Mouth Watchers brush has silver in the bristles to stop the growth of bacteria and molds. Even so, we recommend you clean it once a week (to thoroughly sanitize it).
Whether you use a regular or antibacterial brush like the Mouth Watchers Anibacterial Toothbrush, the recommendation is to discard your brush each month or any time you are ill. Be vigilant if you stay in hotels or travel with your toothbrush stored in a bag or under a cover.
Visit Zellies.com to order your Mouth Watchers Antibacterial Toothbrush today!
For more information, please visit all of Dr. Ellie’s web-sites:
Dr. E Oral Health Coaching – articles, resources and videos to help you learn more
Zellies.com – learn more & order your Zellies Xylitol & the Complete Mouth Care System
Dr. Ellie.com – a great resource for learning more about oral health & Dr. Ellie
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Quirynen, M., De Soete, M., Pauwels, M., Gizani, S., Van Meerbeek, B., van Steenberghe, D. 2003. Can toothpaste or a toothbrush with antibacterial tufts prevent toothbrush contamination? J. Periodontal. 74: 312-322.
Verran, J., Leahy-Gilmartin, A.A. 1996. Investigations into the microbial contamination of toothbrushes. Microbios. 85: 23 1-238.
Warren, D.P., Goldschmidt, M.C., Thompson, M.B., Adler-Storthz, K., Keene, H.J. 2001. The effects of toothpastes on the residual microbial contamination of toothbrushes. J. Am. Dent. Assoc. 132: 1241-1245.
Categories: Plaque, Product Spotlight
[…] One important study showed that patients with halitosis were all infected with a species of S.moorei, a bacterium originally isolated from human feces. This alerts us to keep toothbrushes far from toilet areas and disinfect them daily. Throw your toothbrush away if you travel or and be aware of storing a brush in a bag or under a cover. (Learn more about toothbrushes HERE) […]
Is there any recent research to support the claim that nano silver-impregnated bristles eliminate 99.9% of the bristle bacteria six hours after use?
Silver has a long history of use as an antimicrobial. Nano silver has been used effectively in many situations. A great book about nano silver is called “A Fighting Chance”, written by Gordon Pederson. Check this link to part of this book which talks about the antimicrobial effect of nano silver HERE
Mouthwatchers brushes have a lot of information on one of their web site, and if you want to see this – including some of the study results – please click HERE.
I have been using your system for around a month now and am still learning this new way to oral health. I currently use a sonic toothbrush (Waterpik) and am starting to wonder if this is acceptable with the system. I do have some gum recession which has been improving but I want to do as much as possible to optimize the steps I am taking. Also, I have food trapping (caused by a filling) and so continue to floss… even though I know this is probably only hurting the gum issue…. do you have a recommendation about what step I should floss in? I currently do so before the Closys step.
Thanks so much for all you have already done for my family’s oral health!
We are in process of writing an article to explain the truth about toothbrushing – and toothbrushes! So, stay tuned!! The fact is that your technique of brushing, is far more important than the brush you use. Toothbrush companies do not illustrate this in ads – but you need a toothbrush to massage your gums – to stimulate circulation around your teeth. Manual brushes – if well designed – may be easier and more comfortable. Expensive brushes do not necessarily give you better or healthier gums. So feel free to use something you enjoy to use, and if you need to floss – before you start Closys is a good time!
As a senior citizen, travel insurance often does not cover teeth. What advice do you have for people traveling abroad?
It’s difficult to take mouth rinses in a suitcase – so I understand your problem! Also (as a side-note) Closys has a terrible leaky lid – so take my advice, and be sure to put any Closys into a leak-free container if you take it with you as you travel!!
If you experience a dental problem in another country, a professor of mine told me years ago – the remedy for almost every dental emergency is to bathe your mouth for fifteen minutes, several times each day, using warm salty water. I think he is correct and this will help most dental problems for a limited period of time.
I suggest Zellies travelers take their mints and gum everywhere! Zellies will help clean and protect your teeth after everything you eat or drink, and also when you cannot clean your teeth on a long journey. You also need a clean, new toothbrush and a tube of Crest Cavity Protection paste. After brushing your teeth, add a little water to your mouth and make your own “mouth-rinse” from the slurry left on your teeth after brushing. Swish this “rinse” around for one minute and then spit out.
I know you will be happy to return to the Zellies Complete Mouth Care System when you get home. On the other hand, I think Zellies and a good toothpaste can protect you for a couple of weeks on your journey! Enjoy your trip and please let us know your thoughts and comments on your return.
I ordered one of the antibacterial toothbrushes, and I must tell you I find it to be a very comfortable brush to use for massaging my gums. Definitely would recommend it.