Monday, January 19, 2009

simply the best

we never actually bother to check what type of bristles do we use, don't we? its just toothbrush, so as long as it does what it claim it does (which is cleaning our teeth) then all is fine, right? plus, the cheaper the better.. after all its just a toothbrush..

in the actual truth, in April 1999 a guy in Chicago has filed a lawsuit against 8 toothbrush manufacturer in the US for not putting any warning labels on their medium and hard-bristled toothbrushes that its usage may cause what we call 'toothbrush abrasion'. this guy also was seeking damages on behalf of anyone who suffers from this condition.

and so,
what is this 'toothbrush abrasion'?

abrasion is damage to the surface of our teeth usually caused by daily usage of bristle that is too harsh and/or incorrect technique of toothbrushing. almost everyone who brushes with medium or hard-bristled toothbrush will have some signs of surface damage; and if they continue throughout their life using those toothbrushes, they will experience some degree of gum irritation, gum recession and permanent tooth hypersensitivity.

just like water can do this to rocks,

toothbrush does this to our teeth.


how do we know we have those surface damages?

get a check up. your dentist can tell you. also, if you have that hypersensitivity and you thought its just your bad luck, think again. you might already have the abrasion cavity.

but then,
can a soft bristled toothbrush really clean our teeth?

of course! the most important thing is our technique! the only downside of it is we might probably have to frequently change our toothbrush because soft bristles are more easily damaged. but then that's a good thing! do you know how much germs and bacterias can accumulate on a one-month-old toothbrush? eewwwww....

correct toothbrushing technique

which brand, then? oral b? colgate?

none the matter. any brand will do, seriously. its bristle is what matters more.

alright then,
what happen to that chicago guy?

dont know really. couldn't find any article or news that says whether he won the lawsuit or not. i wish him luck though. :)


riesha said...

hye doc.
i wanna know how much cost for making dentures.
i wanna make it for my upper teeth or if affordable,i wanna make it for whole teeth.
how much it cost usually?
and how long it will take to get the dentures?

mrshzefah said...

hi riesha
we have 2 types of dentures, 1st is the normal plastic one that will cost you on average around rm200 to replace one tooth and you add about rm30 for each subsequent tooth. the other one is what we call flexible dentures, this one will cost you around rm350 to replace one tooth + rm30 for each subsequent tooth. usually the lab people will take about 5-7 days to construct the dentures.
let me also suggest you not to extract your other stronger/healthier teeth so that they can be the 'anchor' for your dentures.. because full-arch dentures (dentures made for those who has no teeth at all) usually becomes loose after sometime.
good luck!

riesha said...

tengs doc.
1 more thing,afta i did e dentures, is it possible for me to do braces?
can be it doing only for my upper teeth n how much the cost?

mrshzefah said...

hi riesha
its better to do braces first before doing dentures, because your dentures might not fit anymore after your braces treatment is complete. single arch braces (i.e doing braces only on upper or lower teeth) is not really recommended since this treatment will also change your biting pattern. for the costing of braces pls refer my previous post, kay!

Y E R N ain said...

this blog is very useful for me as a dentistry student.

thank u!

mrshzefah said...

tq ain!

anuarsalleh said...

Fuyoi! Itu macam boleh jadi ka doc? Great info. Got ur link tru Dr. Leen...later i nak post my pic bout my gigi depan yang ter-pecah. Boleh terhakis juga kan? Sebab lately dia macam 'tajam'.
Keep on the good job!

mrshzefah said...

tq anuar! :)

Anonymous said...

salam dr,

thank you sgt for the very informative blog..sgt suke;)
sy ade soalan tentang buat braces. sy memang bercadang untuk buat braces since gigi depan sy macam tidak teratur..soalan sy ialah:
1) is it possible untuk buat braces dah habis pakai braces in one year, if saya buat di private clinic? I know it depends on how bad my teeth is.If it is not too bad,is it possible?

2) sy tinggal di area bandar baru nilai.dr mungkin ade suggestion tak dekat private clinic mane yg berdekatan utk buat braces?

3) clinic dr ade perkhidmatan buat braces ke?

Anonymous said...

Salam Doc, berapa harga flexible denture skrg yea?