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Teach Your Kids About Hygiene with the Flipper

Posted by Flipper Museum On June - 3 - 2013Comments Off on Teach Your Kids About Hygiene with the Flipper

Hello Kitty Toothbrush HolderHere is something really gross that I bet you didn’t know: every time you flush the toilet droplets of contaminated water spray into the air and land on bathroom surfaces and items on the countertop like toothbrushes. I just found this out but luckily I have protection: The Flipper Toothbrush Holder, a unique, easy-to-use toothbrush holder.

I recently received the Hello Kitty Flipper and gave it to my six-year-old daughter to try out. She figured out immediately how to use is and is now very aware of not leaving her toothbrush out in the open. The Flipper opens when you gently pull the toothbrush handle and closes automatically when you put the toothbrush in. You can view a demo here.

The Flipper is vertical so whatever water is left on the toothbrush just trickles down and doesn’t stay on. It has suction cups on the back which attach easily to tiles, glass or the bathroom mirror. Even my adult-sized toothbrush fits perfectly in it, not that I would ever consider using a Hello Kitty toothbrush holder (ahem).

The Flippers are so affordable you can get one for each member of your family (and they also make great stocking stuffers). For adults you can get the Bean or the mini NFL helmets toothbrush holders as well as razor holders in solid colors (white, pink and blue).

You can purchase the Flipper Toothbrush Holder here for $5.98 and well as on the site.

I was not compensated for this post. I received a sample.

 

Published by Maytal  This article was originally published in ‘Mama’s Bites’, 25th Feb 2013.

Flipper Toothbrush Holder Reviewed by ‘From PDX with Love’

Posted by Flipper Museum On May - 31 - 2013Comments Off on Flipper Toothbrush Holder Reviewed by ‘From PDX with Love’

Our house is fairly big, with two full bathrooms and a guest bathroom. The master bathroom has two sinks and there is enough space for both my husband and I. The boys’ bathroom, on the other hand is quite small and, well, I can barely put anything around the sink:

(c) Ana Sophia

After using a toothbrush holder I realized that with two boys I needed more space. So I had to improvise. See that green guy on the mirror? Well, he is a very cute, very lovely Flipper toothbrush holder!

(c) Ana Sophia

This guy was sent to use form Flipper, an online store with great and fun toothbrush holders for every single little kid out there.

Since I have boys I decided to go with a cute green dinosaur ($6.99), and his name is Gigano. He reminds me of the toothbrush holder I used to have when I was a little girl. Oh good childhood memories!

I used to have a black penguin. And now that I think about it…I wonder where it went. Maybe I grew out of it. But honestly, I wouldn’t mind having one now! And with the vast selection that Flipper has to offer I could probably just get one for myself. Like, a football helmet if they had a Seahwaks one. Or how about a panda? Or Hello Kitty!?

(C) Ana Sophia

But, back to the review: what I like the best of having a toothbrush holder, besides it saving me a lot of space on my boys’ bathroom counter, is that it is super easy to use!! You don’t even have to use your fingers to open it! Simply pull the toothbrush out and it will open. Brush your teeth and push the toothbrush back in. Presto!

This is a great space saver and I truly recommend it!

Disclosure: This was not a paid post. The opinions stated are my own and were in no way influenced by the Hosting Company who graciously provided the product for me to review.

This article was originally published in ‘From PDX with Love’, 3rd March 2013, a blog by Ana Sofia.

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

Buenas ideas, buenos resultados.

Posted by Flipper Museum On May - 3 - 2012Comments Off on Buenas ideas, buenos resultados.

Martes, 1 Mayo, 2012

Un portacepillo entretenido es, sin dudas, una excelente idea para cuidar la sonrisa y fomentar la higiene bucal.

Para muchas personas es una complicación el tema del cuidado de dental, ya que muchas veces no tienen como transportar su cepillo a su lugar de trabajo o estudio y en ocasiones los “cepillos de viaje” no son de la mejor calidad o no hay el modelo que nos recetó el dentista, entonces la pregunta que surge es, ¿Donde guardas tu cepillo?

Y a pesar de que han surgido muchas soluciones y productos para responder a esta pregunta, faltaba algo básico para fomentar el cuidado bucal. Qué el producto fuese entratenido, higiénico y que motivara su uso constante.

Y precisamente ese fue el desafío que se plantearon un grupo de jóvenes chilenos quienes vieron en esta carencia una gran oportunidad, la aprovecharon y acompañados de sus ideas emprendieron una aventura y nos presentan a Flipper-El portacepillo divertido !! Un producto cuyo límite de diseños es solo la imaginación.

La idea es muy buena, eso es innegable y este es un excelente ejemplo a través del cual nos podemos percatar que las ideas y formas son infinitas, sólo basta encontrar una buena oportunidad.

Sigue esta entretenida iniciativa en www.myflipper.cl

También en las redes sociales @LosDientecitos y www.facebook.com/FlipperPortacepillo

Flipper Portacepillo ya está disponible en Chile!!!

Posted by Flipper Museum On April - 10 - 2012Comments Off on Flipper Portacepillo ya está disponible en Chile!!!

Amigos desde hoy Los Dientecitos los puedes encontrar en Farmacias Ahumada!!! Encuentra la mas cercana en www.myflipper.cl, Pon me gusta en la pagina y podrás ganarte el portacepillo que mas te guste!!!


o visite nuestra página de facebook en http://www.facebook.com/FlipperPortacepillo

Orcarina 8

Posted by Flipper Museum On December - 23 - 2011Comments Off on Orcarina 8


Dear readers, seasons greetings! We recently came back from the 2011 IDA Congress in Taipei where global thought leaders expounded on the topics of design, urban planning and consumption culture. What stood out for us was a renewed sense of how in this milieau of behavioral economics, products and technology are increasingly embracing human nuances, working with rather than against our quirks and habits. The theme for this issue is ‘Design for Humans’. We’ll share why a humanistic approach may just be the key that turns automatic into auto-magic. Read more.

Orcarina 7

Posted by Flipper Museum On August - 30 - 2011Comments Off on Orcarina 7

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Looking to create a ‘seamless’ user experience? What exactly goes on behind it? We share our thoughts in this issue of Orcarina. Read more.

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。

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!