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Revolution im Badezimmer

Posted by Flipper Museum On August - 3 - 2011Comments Off on Revolution im Badezimmer

Die meisten Menschen bewahren ihre Zahnbürsten offen im Badezimmerschrank, auf dem Waschbecken oder in der Dusche auf. Das ist unhygienisch und manchmal sogar gefährlich, weil sich Bakterien leicht auf den Zahnbürsten sammeln und Infektionen oder Entzündungen auslösen können. Flipper, der clever-witzige Zahnbürstenhalter, macht damit ein für alle Mal Schluss.

In mehr als 30 witzigen Designs bietet GEDALABELS die Flipper-Zahnbürstenhalter für Kinder aller Altersstufen. Auch die Erwachsenen müsse nicht auf die praktischen Helfer verzichten: Für sie gibt es unter anderem einen Halter mit eleganter Silhouette in Form eines Tautropfens.

Ein absolutes Plus des Flipper-Zahnbürstenhalters ist sein einfacher und lustiger Schnappverschluss, der Kindern großen Spaß macht und sie inspiriert, noch öfter zur Zahnbürste zu greifen. Dank praktischer Saugnäpfe kann der Halter platzsparend auf jeder glatten Oberfläche befestigt.

genussmaenner.de und Flipper verlosen zwei Sets a drei Zahnbürstenhalter für Kinder und zwei Sets a drei Zahnbürstenhalter für Erwachsene. Bitte geben Sie an, welches Set Sie gewinnen wollen.

Hier klicken und gewinnen!

29.07.2011 | Gewinnspiele

Bringing FUN into Brushing

Posted by Flipper Museum On August - 1 - 2011Comments Off on Bringing FUN into Brushing

Today, more than 25% of children under 5 sport untreated tooth decays. Often, these lead to cavities. To counter this, children need to inculcate good oral hygiene habits from young. In fact, Man Wai Ng — the Dentist-in-Chief for the Children’s Hospital Boston — advises parents to encourage their toddlers to start brushing independently.

However, for many young children, brushing their teeth can be a boring or even downright frustrating routine. After all, diligence and discipline are not the typical hallmarks of your average tot. Upon seeing the child’s resistance, some parents may in turn attempt to ‘force it down’. Eventually, the washbasin becomes a dragged out battleground in a mutual test of patience.

Why not try a paradigm shift? Introduce an element of casual play into the brushing routine. Be light-hearted about it. Make it engaging. Make it an adventure. Make it FUN! Not sure how? No worries, here are some ideas to get you going!

1. Fun Tooth Fairies Video


Watch this animation while brushing, and sing along! The on-screen tooth fairies will go through the joy and importance of brushing teeth in a fun and light-hearted manner.

2. Brush with your child

Brushing your teeth together with your child can be a great bonding time. Grab your toothbrush, stand beside your child in front of the mirror. Encourage (or challenge!) your child to follow and mimic your movements exactly, as you go through the brushing techniques.

3. Count as you brush

As you brush each tooth, count aloud. For example, “Number one, all clear!” “Tooth number two, done! Here we go for tooth number threeeeeeee!” This can even be an entertaining way for your child to learn the numbers and practice counting.

4. Sing-‘Aaahh-long’-song!

As you brush your child’s teeth, encourage him/her to go “Aaahh~~~” for as long as he can, varying the pitch, tone and rhythm into a tune. A typical song is just about 2-3 minutes long: just about the right timing for a thorough brush.

5. Together with Tooth fairies!


There are a variety of toothbrushes, toothpastes and other products that comes with cartoon characters. These favorite characters can then become the ‘Tooth Fairies’ in the bathroom, keeping your child’s attention and turn the routines from work to play.

6. Make a Sticker Poster


Create a ToothFairy brushing chart ! Award your child a sticker or a star that he/she can paste onto the poster after a thorough brushing. When your child completes the chart, give a small award, or do a fun activity together!

Ultimately, children are great emulators. Your enthusiasm and eagerness will definitely rub off on them. Hopefully these tips will help your child develop healthy oral hygiene habits in a fun and engaging way!

Vote for your favourite Toothfairy!

Posted by Flipper Museum On August - 1 - 2011Comments Off on Vote for your favourite Toothfairy!


With the iconic tooth shape, ToothFairies are the world ambassadors for fresh breaths and clean teeth. Ever vigilant and watchful, they give effective, round-the-clock shielding and protection to toothbrushes against germs, airborne bacteria and dirt.


Flipper Review: How to Use Flipper® toothbrush holder

Posted by Flipper Museum On May - 31 - 2011Comments Off on Flipper Review: How to Use Flipper® toothbrush holder

Check this out. This video shows how to use Flipper® toothbrush holder at home!

To quote:

“The Flipper Toothbrush Holder was designed to keep your toothbrush clean,off the counter and out of harm’s way. The Flipper will stick to any non-porous surface providing that the surface is clean of oil and dirt. Moisten the suction cups, and press to the surface. then flip open the holder by means of the small switch on the bottom and place your toothbrush inside. The Flipper will snap shut and your toothbrush will stay suspended in place. When needed, simply pull the toothbrush towards you.

The Flipper can be washed by warm soapy water, and a cotton swab. Leave to air dry. Wash the Flipper every two weeks to avoid buildup. His head moves too!”

The above video is courtesy of Hound and Handbag Gift Company.

SpongeBob: Are you ready kids?

Posted by Flipper Museum On February - 28 - 2011Comments Off on SpongeBob: Are you ready kids?

What better way to start the day than to have these incredibly funny and playful faces on your bathroom wall holding your toothbrushes?

Exclusively distributed by Gedalabel, Germany.

Eating Right: Diet’s Impact on Oral Health

Posted by Flipper Museum On December - 22 - 2010Comments Off on Eating Right: Diet’s Impact on Oral Health


The old adage says, “You are what you eat”. To a certain extent, our teeth are what we eat too! Some foods tend to improve oral health, while others can make it worse. To understand the concept of “good” and “bad” food with respect to oral hygiene, we need to first have an understanding of how tooth decay occurs.

Even if we brush your teeth diligently, various microscopic bacteria still live naturally in our mouths. As we eat, the bacteria feed off the sugars from the food remnants and turn them into acid. This in turn corrodes the enamel on the teeth surface and causes decays over time.

Having understood this, let us take a closer look at how various food can affect our teeth:

THE GOOD

Strengthening your enamel – Milk, cheese and meat contains large amounts of calcium and phosphorus, which are key ingredients used to rebuild tooth enamel. Nuts and seeds also typically contain natural fats, which can form a protective coating on the teeth to shield it away from bacteria.

Chew on it – As we munch on crisp vegetables such as raw carrots and celery, they break dow into small bits that act as natural ‘sponges’ that scrape away dental plaque on the tooth surface.

Water it downFirm foods such as vegetables, pears and apples require more chewing, and thus stimulate saliva production. Typically, these foods also come with high water content. Both saliva and water dilute the food acids and reduce corrosion. Naturally, drinking lots of water (particularly fluoridated water) also works wonders!

Go sugarless – If you crave for sweetness, consider sugar substitutes. They taste sweet but are not sugar-based, and are thus not nourishing for bacteria. Some examples include saccharin, aspartame (also known as Equal) and sucralose (also known as Splenda).

Get your vitamins – Vitamin-C, which is present in large amounts in melons, berries and citrus fruits, inhibits bacterial growth and helps to prevent gingivitis and gum diseases.

THE BAD

Sugar, sugar, sugar – Sugar is certainly among the chief culprits of tooth decay as it is the primary fuel for acid producing bacteria. It is present in large amounts in processed foods, such as candies, cookies, cakes, ice-creams and canned-fruit syrups. Sugar can also take a disguise in the form of carbohydrates, as found in bread, fries and potato chips.

Acidic drinks – Soft drinks, orange juice and lemonade are acidic, and can thus directly attack the tooth surface, resulting in increased sensitivity and tooth-softening. If drank in between meals, the impact is worse as these acids can linger around for much longer before being diluted away by saliva.

CONCLUSION

As foods have a direct impact on our oral health, it is certainly important to be mindful of how food choices affect our oral health. Naturally, healthy eating habits should be complemented by hygiene routines such as brushing and flossing.

Ultimately, our teeth are for life, and it is only our responsibility to take the very best care of them. With Christmas just around the corner, make sure to eat, drink and be merry!

About Phthalate

Posted by Flipper Museum On November - 30 - 2010Comments Off on About Phthalate

Phthalates are a commonly used of chemicals found in an alarming amount of consumer products, it act as a solvent in products such as cosmetics, fragrances and hairspray. As a softener for plastic products, phthalates are found in PVC, vinyl, and other forms of plastic.

Danger of Phthalates

More research and studies have found out that phthalates are harmful, trends suggest that phthalates can cause reproductive harm, especially among young males. In lab tests, rats exposed to higher concentrations of phthalates produced male offspring with reproductive abnormalities. Health concerns associated with high phthalate exposure include reduced sperm counts, testicular atrophy, and other reproductive harm.

Ways to Avoid Phthalates

Public concerns have been raised about the health risks of phthalates because there is extensive scientific literature that reports their hormone-disrupting effects, and there is substantial evidence that the levels of phthalates found in humans may have adverse effects.

In light of the growing concern over phthalates in consumer products, there are some ways to prevent exposure to phthalates.

  1. Check product labels for the phrase ‘phthalate free’ or ‘ non-phthalate’.
  2. Do not install vinyl flooring or carpet in your home – opt instead for natural flooring materials sealed with low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) sealers.
  3. Vinyl shows up in a lot of different products; lawn furniture, garden hoses, building materials, and items of clothing (like some raincoats) are often sources. Aside from carefully choosing materials when you’re making purchases, there is one easy change you can make: switch to a non-vinyl shower curtain. That “new shower curtain” smell (you know the one) is a result of chemical off-gassing, and it means your shower curtain is a source of phthalates in your home.
  4. The fragrances in many products contain phthalates, so whenever possible use products that are unscented or scented only with essential oils. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, fragrance is the number one cause of allergic cosmetic reactions. Phthalates are added to help fragrances last longer, according the American Chemistry Council.
  5. Choose cleaning products with plant-derived surfactants and make use of the natural cleaning powers of vinegar, baking soda, and borax.
  6. Buy foods packaged in glass instead of plastic or cans. Canned food and plastic water bottles are heavily contaminated with phthalates as well as other chemicals. This is almost impossible to do consistently, but if there are alternatives packaged in glass, buy them.
  7. Eliminate plastic food storage containers. Microwaving food in plastic allows chemicals to leach into food. Replace plastic containers with glass food storage containers.
  8. If using hard polycarbonate plastics (water bottles/ baby bottles / sippy cups), do not use for warm or hot liquids.
  9. Paints and other hobby products may contain phthalates as solvents, so be sure to use them in a well-ventilated space.
  10. Read the ingredients. According to the organization Pollution in People, you can identify phthalates in some products by their chemical names, or abbreviations:
    • DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate) and DEP (diethyl phthalate) are often found in personal care products, including nail polishes, deodorants, perfumes and cologne, aftershave lotions, shampoos, hair gels and hand lotions. (BzBP, see below, is also in some personal care products.)
    • DEHP (di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate) is used in PVC plastics, including some medical devices.
    • BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate) is used in some flooring, car products and personal care products.
    • DMP (dimethyl phthalate) is used in insect repellent and some plastics (as well as rocket propellant).
  11. Since it is also possible to be exposed to phthalate by simply breathing, it’s a good idea to keep things well ventilated when indoors. This is because many household items, even wallpaper, can contain phthalate. It’s possible that phthalate may find its way into the dust indoors and eventually into the air. Phthalates can even be found in building materials, so it’s a good idea to keep ventilation a priority during construction and renovation.
  12. Check the symbol on the bottom of the plastic items before you buy. Recycling codes 3, 6 and 7 are more likely to contain phthalates.

Because phthalates are widespread in everyday items we use, elimination is difficult. However, reducing exposure is a step in the right direction and will have positive effects on family health.

A Look at Flipper’s Material Composition


Based on assurances and test results provided by manufacturers and test results of samples of finished products that had tested by an independent accredited third-party laboratory, the Flipper meets the applicable requirements of US toy standard (such as ASTM F963 & CPSIA) and EU toy standard (EN71 & REACH) for phthalates, lead content, soluble heavy metal and all other applicable standards.

Sources / References:
http://www.aoec.org/PEHSU/documents/bpa_patient_july_8_08.pdf
http://pollutioninpeople.org/toxics/labels
http://environment.about.com/od/healthenvironment/a/phthalates.htm
http://www.wisegeek.com/how-do-i-limit-my-exposure-to-phthalates.htm
http://attainfertility.com/article/prevent-infertility

Video: Keep Your Toothbrush Clean!

Posted by Flipper Museum On October - 26 - 2010Comments Off on Video: Keep Your Toothbrush Clean!

Keep your toothbrush clean to prevent the buildup of germs and bacteria. Watch these 5 mini video clips with your love and family:

1. Germs and diseases can be passed around the family if you share toothbrushes.

2. When toothbrushes are kept in close contact (e.g. in a cup), they can cross-contaminate one another.

3. When the toilet is flushed, water droplets containing germs become airborne, so be sure to shield your toothbrush with a cover.

4. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush and thoroughly store it upright, this ensures that your toothbrush is kept dry and clean.

5. Replace your toothbrush every 3~4 months to ensure it is still effective.

Creative HomeX: Bathroom Tips

Posted by Flipper Museum On October - 1 - 2010Comments Off on Creative HomeX: Bathroom Tips

MythBusters: Surprise Toothbrush

Posted by Flipper Museum On July - 1 - 2010Comments Off on MythBusters: Surprise Toothbrush

Its out and the folks at mythbusters have proved it: Fecal coliforms bacteria can grow in toothbrush bristles.

They tested 24 toothbrushes and 2 controls that they themselves used for 30 days. The result? Of the 24 toothbrushes , all 24 tested positive for poop germs- that’s 100%. Even the 2 control toothbrushes they stored in the kitchen cabinet tested positive for fecal germs!

The Myth:
(in Adam’s own words) “The idea behind this myth is the bristles of a wet toothbrush are an ideal collection surface for things like airborne bacteria.”

The Experts:
Heather Joseph-Witham says that some people believe you shouldn’t leave your toothbrush in the bathroom, particularly next to the toilet. Dr. Joanne Engel – Microbiologist from UCSF – tests all of the toothbrushes for Fecal Coliform bacteria.

Quotable Moments:
Jamie: ” There’s poo everywhere!”

Action / Results:
Adam builds two toothbrush racks in the bathroom. They hang twenty-four toothbrushes in the racks. Then, every day for a month, Adam and Jamie go in, wash their hands with antibacterial soap, then wet each toothbrush , put toothpaste on each one, then rinse each one out with distilled water. They also leave two toothbrushes in a glass on the top of the toilet, and they actually brush their teeth with those. They also have two toothbrushes that they keep in the office, away from the bathroom. These also get the wetting, toothpaste, rinse treatment. They also keep track of how much business goes on in the bathroom for that month.

At the end of the month, Dr. Engel comes over and tests each toothbrush for fecal coliform by rubbing them on a Petri dish and in some broth. She incubates the dishes and the test tubes, and then shows the guys that all of the toothbrushes , including the two in the office, had fecal coliform on them. Myth true – fecal coliform bacteria do grow in toothbrush bristles.

However, when Adam asks if we should be concerned about this, Dr. Engel says no.

The above episode synopsis is courtesy of www.mythbusterfanclub.com.

About MythBusters:
Hosted by Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, and co-hosted by Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara, the MYTHBUSTERS mix scientific method with gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to create their own signature style of explosive experimentation.