Oral Hygiene

Flipper – Bathroom Protection by Tonia

Posted by Flipper Museum On July - 5 - 2013Comments Off on Flipper – Bathroom Protection by Tonia

Unorganized Mommy of 3
So, are you like me and have the toothbrush in one of those holders sitting on the counter? The brush totally exposed to everything flying around it? Yup, thought so! I never really thought about it because this is where my toothbrush was growing up. But, think about it – how many germs get splashed on the counter from the sink, and from the toilet (if it is right beside your counter) and when you clean! Yuck!

This is where Flipper comes in! This is my daughter’s flipper – she is really into Hello Kitty right now. The belly opens, where you put the toothbrush to keep it protected. And, on the back are two suction cups to attach to the mirror or tile. I actually took it apart to see how it worked and to see how “kid proof” it was. And it was very easy to put together. If your kids are like mine, they like to “disect” things to see how they work.

Hello Kitty Frog

Flipper meets ADA and CDC guidelines, which include, storing your toothbrush upright, it allows your brush to dry before next use, and makes sure your brush doesn’t touch others for cross contamination of germs. The design protects it from the germs floating trough the air It is also recommended to clean your Flipper once a month, which can be done in hot, soapy water – or in the dishwasher. Yes, it is dishwasher safe!

Flipper Hello Kitty Frog

In the Flipper, the brush is up off the counter and covered – protected from the germs that splash around. It is very easy to use. First, to open the flipper for the first time, there is a tab you can push to make it open, then you insert the toothbrush and push back. To take the toothbrush out, all you do is grab the handle of the brush and pull toward you, the Flipper will open. To return it, just put the toothbrush back in the opening, while holding onto the handle and push back gently and it will close again.

They have several different designs, for kids and adults! Not only do they have these for toothbrushes, they also have them for razors as well.

Check out everything on their website.  Also be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: I recieved the above product free for review purposes. All opinions are always 100% my own.

Unorganized Mommy of 3

About the writer:
Hello! My name is Tonia. I am a mommy of three, married, and live in a small town in ND. I work full-time outside the home as well as full and overtme at home! I am by no means organized, but I love my Family and keep them and Friends high on the priority list over cleaning! LOL

This article was originally published in ‘Unorganized Mommy of 3′ by Tonia on 20th Nov 2012.

Playdate Crashers: Flipper Toothbrush Holder Review by Krista

Posted by Flipper Museum On July - 3 - 2013Comments Off on Playdate Crashers: Flipper Toothbrush Holder Review by Krista

Playdate Crasher
I don’t want to freak you out, but your bathroom is filthy.

It’s not that you don’t do a great job cleaning it, it’s just that bathrooms are gross. Think about all that happens in there. Wait, scratch that. Let’s not think about it, because really? Yuck. We’ve discussed before how yucky bathtub toys are, but today let’s focus on an item that is also exposed to disgusting germs AND THEN GOES INTO YOUR MOUTH. Uh huh. Your toothbrush.

Flipper Toothfairy

Where do you keep your toothbrush? Do you leave it sitting out on your counter or maybe in one of those nice little toothbrush holders? Um, did you know that fecal matter is found on toothbrushes if they’re kept in a bathroom? Yeah…And even Mythbusters investigated this and confirmed it. (And if you’re really curious about this “poop germs on your toothbrush” thing, here’s an article from The Straight Dope about it.) Basically, your toilet is spewing filth around your bathroom and surrounding areas every time you flush.

So what can you do? Short of locking yourself in a clean room and never seeing the light of day, you need to of course clean your bathroom (and the rest of your house) regularly, but now there’s a simple product that will help shield your toothbrush from everyday germs and general yuckiness.

The Flipper toothbrush holder attaches to your bathroom mirror and holds your toothbrush inside! It easily opens when you pull the toothbrush handle toward you when it’s time to brush and when you push the toothbrush back into the Flipper, it closes around it. (Click here to see a quick video demo of how the product works!) I picked one up at the ABC Kids Expo this year and we’ve been using it for several weeks — We love it!

It’s super simple to use, is dishwasher safe, and solves a problem! Flipper toothbrush holders also meet every guideline for toothbrush care that has been established by the Center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association! They even can be used as a travel toothbrush holder.

Flipper toothbrush holders come in a variety of styles: animals, dinosaurs, puppies, Hello Kitty, NFL teams, and the modern-looking but not cutesy-cute Bean. Flipper also makes razor holders! They are all about $7.00 or less and can be purchased at MyFlipperUSA.com or you can search their website’s store locator for a retailer near you. You can also purchase them at Amazon.com (if you use the affiliate link box on PlaydateCrashers.com, a % of the sales goes to keep PlaydateCrashers.com going!), all Babies R Us stores and select Toys R Us and Giant Eagle stores.

These functional and cute toothbrush holders would be a perfect stocking stuffer for Christmas this year!

The Playdate Crashers

This article was originally published in ‘Playdate Crashers’ by Krista on 31st October 2012, Krista blogs with a fresh look at parenting, kids, and life in the car pool lane.

In compliance with the FTC’s rules regarding bloggers, we are required to inform you that we received free product(s) in exchange for this post. We received no monetary payment other than product(s). All opinions are our own and we were not required to write a positive review.

Toothpaste

Posted by Flipper Museum On May - 7 - 2013Comments Off on Toothpaste

Toothpastes

Toothpaste is a paste or gel dentifrice used with a toothbrush as an accessory to clean and maintain the aesthetics and health of teeth. Toothpaste is used to promote oral hygiene: it serves as an abrasive that aids in removing the dental plaque and food from the teeth, assists in suppressing halitosis, and delivers active ingredients (mainly fluoride) to help prevent tooth and gum disease (gingivitis). Most of the cleaning is achieved by the mechanical action of the toothbrush, and not by the toothpaste. Salt and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) are among materials that can be substituted for commercial toothpaste. Toothpaste is not intended to be swallowed, but is generally not very harmful if accidentally swallowed in small amounts; however, one should seek medical attention after swallowing toothpaste containing fluoride.

HISTORY

Early toothpastes

The Greeks, and then the Romans, improved the recipes for toothpaste by adding abrasives such as crushed bones and oyster shells. In the 9th century, the Persian musician and fashion designer Ziryab invented a type of toothpaste, which he popularized throughout Islamic Spain. The exact ingredients of this toothpaste are unknown, but it was reported to have been both “functional and pleasant to taste”. It is not known whether these early toothpastes were used alone, were to be rubbed onto the teeth with rags, or were to be used with early toothbrushes, such as neem-tree twigs and miswak. Toothpastes or powders came into general use in the 19th century.

Tooth powder

Toothpaste Powder

Tooth powders for use with toothbrushes came into general use in the 19th century in Britain. Most were homemade, with chalk, pulverized brick, or salt as ingredients. A 1866 Home Encyclopaedia recommended pulverized charcoal, and cautioned that many patented tooth powders that were commercially marketed did more harm than good.

 

Arm & Hammer marketed a baking soda-based toothpowder in the United States until approximately 2000, and Colgate currently markets toothpowder in India and other countries.

Modern toothpaste

An 18th century American and British toothpaste recipe called for burnt bread. Another formula around this time called for dragon’s blood (a resin), cinnamon, and burnt alum.

By 1900, a paste made of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda was recommended for use with toothbrushes. Pre-mixed toothpastes were first marketed in the 19th century, but did not surpass the popularity of tooth-powder until World War I. In 1892, Doctor Washington Sheffield of London manufactured toothpaste into a collapsible tube, Dr. Sheffield’s Creme Dentifrice. He had the idea after his son traveled to Paris and saw painters using paint from tubes. In York in 1896, Colgate & Company Dental Cream was packaged in collapsible tubes imitating Sheffield. The original collapsible toothpaste tubes were made of lead.

Fluoride was first added to toothpastes in the 1890s. “Tanagra”, containing calcium fluoride as the active ingredient, was sold by Karl F. Toellner Company, of Bremen, Germany, based upon the early work of chemist Albert Deninger. An analogous invention by Roy Cross, of Kansas City, Mo., was initially criticized by the American Dental Association (ADA) in 1937. Fluoride toothpastes developed in the 1950s received the ADA’s approval. To develop the first ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste, Procter & Gamble started a research program in the early 1940s. In 1950, Procter & Gamble developed a joint research project team headed by Dr. Joseph Muhler at Indiana University to study new toothpaste with fluoride. In 1955, Procter & Gamble’s Crest launched its first clinically proven fluoride-containing toothpaste. On August 1, 1960, the ADA reported that “Crest has been shown to be an effective anticavity (decay preventative) dentifrice that can be of significant value when used in a conscientiously applied program of oral hygiene and regular professional care.” The amount of fluoride in toothpastes varies from country to country.

In 2006 BioRepair appeared in Europe with the first toothpaste containing synthetic hydroxylapatite as an alternative to fluoride for the remineralization and reparation of tooth enamel. The “biomimetic hydroxylapatite” is intended to protect the teeth by creating a new layer of synthetic enamel around the tooth instead of hardening the existing layer with fluoride that chemically changes it into fluorapatite.

China Shopping Center

In June 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration and similar agencies in Panama, Puerto Rico and Australia advised consumers to avoid certain brands of toothpaste manufactured in China after some were found to contain the poisonous diethylene glycol, also called diglycol or labelled as “DEG” on the tube.

Striped toothpaste

Striped ToothpasteStriped toothpaste was invented by a New Yorker named Leonard Lawrence Marraffino in 1955. The patent (US patent 2,789,731, issued 1957) was subsequently sold to Unilever, who marketed the novelty under the ‘Stripe’ brand-name in the early 1960s. This was followed by the introduction of the ‘Signal’ brand in Europe in 1965 (UK patent 813,514). Although ‘Stripe’ was initially very successful, it never again achieved the 8% market share that it cornered during its second year.

Marraffino’s design, which remains in use for single-color stripes, is simple. The main material, usually white, sits at the crimp end of the toothpaste tube and makes up most of its bulk. A thin pipe, through which that carrier material will flow, descends from the nozzle to it. The stripe-material (this was red in ‘Stripe’) fills the gap between the carrier material and the top of the tube. The two materials are not in separate compartments. The two materials are sufficiently viscous that they will not mix. When pressure is applied to the toothpaste tube, the main material squeezes down the thin pipe to the nozzle. Simultaneously, the pressure applied to the main material causes pressure to be forwarded to the stripe material, which then issues out through small holes (in the side of the pipe) onto the main carrier material as it is passing those holes.

In 1990 Colgate-Palmolive was granted a patent (USPTO 4,969,767) for two differently colour stripes. In this scheme, the inner pipe has a cone-shaped plastic guard around it, and about half way up its length. Between the guard and the nozzle-end of the tube is then a space for the material for one colour, which then issues out of holes in the pipe. On the other side of the guard is space for second stripe-material, which has its own set of holes.

Striped toothpaste should not be confused with layered toothpaste. Layered toothpaste requires a multi-chamber design (e.g. USPTO 5,020,694), in which two or three layers then extrude out of the nozzle. This scheme, like that of pump dispensers (USPTO 4,461,403), is more complicated (and thus, more expensive to manufacture) than either the Marraffino design or the Colgate design.

OTHER TYPES OF TOOTHPASTE

Whitening toothpastes

Many toothpastes make whitening claims. Some of these toothpastes contain peroxide, the same ingredient found in tooth bleaching gels. The abrasive in these toothpaste remove the stains, not the peroxide. Whitening toothpaste cannot alter the natural colour of teeth or reverse discoloration by penetrating surface stains or decay. To remove surface stains, whitening toothpaste may include abrasives to gently polish the teeth, and/or additives such as sodium tri polyphosphate to break down or dissolve stains. When used twice a day, whitening toothpaste typically takes two to four weeks to make teeth appear more white. Whitening toothpaste is generally safe for daily use, but excessive use might damage tooth enamel. Teeth whitening gels represent an alternative.

Herbal and “natural” toothpastes

Many consumers have started to switch over to natural toothpastes to avoid synthetic and artificial flavours that are commonly found in regular toothpastes. Because of the increased demand of natural products, most of the toothpaste manufacturers now produce herbal toothpastes. This type of toothpaste does not contain dyes or artificial flavours.

Many herbal toothpastes do not contain fluoride or sodium lauryl sulfate. The ingredients found in natural toothpastes vary widely but often include baking soda, aloe, eucalyptus oil, myrrh, plant extract (strawberry extract), and essential oils. In addition to the commercially available products, it is possible to make one’s own toothpaste using similar ingredients.

This article was originally published in Wikipedia

楽しい歯ブラシタイムをもたらします!

Posted by Flipper Museum On August - 18 - 2011Comments Off on 楽しい歯ブラシタイムをもたらします!

今日では、25%以上の子供たちが5本以上の治療済である歯があります。多くの場合、それらの治療は虫歯によるものです。子供たちは幼いときから、これに対抗するためにも良好な口腔衛生を保護者が教えなくてはいけません。米国ボストン小児病院のウン医師は、保護者が子供に自分自身で歯ブラシをする習慣づけが大切だと言っています。

しかし、実際には子供たちにとって歯ブラシはとても退屈で面倒な毎日の習慣作業です。子供たちのそうした反応は珍しいことではなく、それを教える保護者との洗面所での忍耐と戦いでもあります。そこでフリッパーは遊びと楽しさの要素を取り入れるツールとして活用することができます。簡単で手軽にその歯ブラシのきっかけ作りになります。考えすぎることなく、まずは試しに使ってみてください。きっと簡単に楽しい時間になると思います。

1. 楽しい「トゥースフェアリー」のビデオ


歌もある歯ブラシアニメーションをご覧ください。歯ブラシを楽しくさせる工夫を凝らした内容になっています。

2. お子様といっしょに歯ブラシを・・

パパ、ママも一緒にお子様と歯ブラシタイムを過ごすことは貴重な時間を過ごせます。忙しい日々でも、一緒に鏡の前でその時間を過ごせます。歯ブラシのお手本を見せることで、お子様もそのブラッシングテクニックを覚えていきますね。

3. ブラシの回数を数えてみましょう

たとえば、歯を一本ずつ数を数えながらブラッシングをしてみましょう。そう、「前歯1本、みがけた!2本目、3本目・・・というように」。お子さんも数を数えることを覚えながら、歯ブラシができますよね。

4. 歌いながら!

うがいでも「あーいーう」というように、歯ブラシでも2~3分くらいハミングしながらでも歌を歌って楽しく歯ブラシをしてみませんか?

5. トゥースフェアリーと一緒に・・・


歯ブラシも歯みがきペースト、コップ等たくさんのキャラクターがついたものやいろいろな種類があるように、歯ブラシホルダーにも楽しさを提供するのがトゥースフェアリーです。毎日の歯ブラシ習慣を楽しくできます。

6. ステッカーを張る台紙をつくってみましょう


毎日歯みがきが楽しくできたら、星のシールを張れるような台紙を洗面所につくってください。毎日ちゃんとできたら1枚張るようにすれば、歯ブラシ習慣を開発するのに役立ちます。

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!

Brush fun for wild kids: Article: British Dental Journal

Posted by Flipper Museum On June - 14 - 2011Comments Off on Brush fun for wild kids: Article: British Dental Journal

British Dental Journal 210, 545 (2011)
Published online: 10 June 2011 | doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2011.471

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!

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.