PeriClean® Ultra Soft Toothbrush for Sensitive Teeth & Receding Gums

PeriClean® Ultra Soft Toothbrush for Sensitive Teeth & Receding Gums

What kind of toothbrush are you using? If you have sensitive teeth or receding gums, the PeriClean® Ultra Soft Toothbrush is the ONLY toothbrush you should ever use. The PeriClean® was created by Dr. Jack Gruber – a Periodontist in practice for over 40 years.

Supporting Dental Health by Keeping Your Toothbrush Clean

The primary reason we brush our teeth is to maintain good dental health. By brushing away bacteria, we can eliminate the growth of plaque, keep our gums healthy and prevent bad breath. Yet for many, their toothbrush is contributing to the bacteria in their mouths.

All toothbrushes have some bacteria on them. This is mostly the result of natural flora of bacteria that live in our mouths. In fact, bacteria are necessary for sustaining a healthy mouth. Yet, most dentists will tell you that unwanted organisms, like yeast and fungi, can also begin to grow on a toothbrush, particularly if it is not properly maintained.

While some individuals attempt to sterilize a toothbrush in boiling water or running it through the dishwasher, an easier approach is to replace it when it begins to show wear and tear. Discolorations and spread out bristles are key signs that it’s time for a new toothbrush. For good dental health, the American Dental Association recommends replacing a toothbrush every three to four months. They also encourage replacing a toothbrush after an illness, such as a cold or the flu.

For Good Dental Health, Don’t Share and Share Alike
While sharing in life is almost always encouraged, toothbrushes are best kept separate. Every individual has their own unique mix of healthy bacteria in their mouth. Yet, what is healthy for one person may actually not be beneficial for another. This is especially true for children who are still developing their own unique flora in their mouths.

Where to Store a Toothbrush?
Along with replacing a toothbrush on a regular basis, it’s important where you store it. Avoid storing toothbrushes in a moist or dark environment, such as a toothbrush holder or drawer, where there is no chance for them to dry out. This only speeds up the growth of microorganisms which can increase the risk of infections. Because some pathogens are airborne, it’s also wise to store toothbrushes away from toilets.

An Alternative to Nylon Bristles
Traditional toothbrushes are made with nylon bristles which can deteriorate quickly. This can be a contributing factor to bacteria growth on a toothbrush in and around the bristles. Unlike nylon-bristle brushes, the PeriClean Ultra Soft Toothbrush has bristles crafted out of the same high-tech rubber used in dentist and hygienist tools. Because of the durability of the bristles, the PeriClean lasts longer than standard toothbrushes while being the only patented toothbrush designed specifically for receding gums, sensitive teeth and other periodontal issues.

5 Ways to Prevent Toothbrush Disease

It’s ironic that one of the most basic instruments of dental hygiene can also be considered, under certain circumstances, to be related to a condition commonly referred to as toothbrush disease. However, that is the case with our bristled friend, the toothbrush. It might be more accurate to say, in the hands of an overly aggressive or strenuous brusher, the toothbrush can cause real damage to teeth and gums.

What Is Toothbrush Disease?

Toothbrush disease or tooth abrasion is a condition caused by over brushing or brushing too vigorously to the point where enamel is removed from the teeth and aggressive brushing causes loss of gum tissue and gum recession. When gum tissue recedes, it opens the door for root decay to begin. Toothbrush disease is a precursor to gum disease which affects more than 64 million adults in the United States. Toothbrush disease is serious business mainly because so often, the people who have the condition are unaware of the damage they are causing their own teeth and gums.

1. Education and Awareness

The best way to prevent toothbrush disease is to educate yourself on your teeth and gums and increase your awareness of the best techniques for proper brushing and dental care. Consult with you dentist or hygienist and gently insist they go through a brief review with you. It’s especially important to know how much pressure you should apply when brushing.

2. Thoroughness Over Strenuousness

Many people operate under the misguided notion that if they brush harder, they can do a better and quicker job of brushing their teeth. However, plaque is a rather soft substance which does not require exertion but rather persistence to remove it from between the teeth which also requires floss or other devices for cleaning between the teeth. Thoroughness is the best way to approach the twice daily regimen of brushing teeth. Be methodical in your efforts to reach every part of your mouth when you brush.

3. Two to Three Minutes Twice a Day

For those people in the habit of brushing quickly, two to three minutes can seem like an eternity. But one of the best ways to fight toothbrush disease and insure a healthy smile for life is to reserve three minutes in the morning and three more at night (six minute amounts to one-tenth of one hour out of 24) for a gentle and thorough brushing of uppers and lowers, inside and out, front and back.

4. Don’t Overdo It

The most fastidious and diligent tooth-brushers are often the ones most guilty of causing tooth abrasion. This is due to over-exertion and their zeal for clean teeth. You wouldn’t scrub your face until it’s raw and bleeding, but believe it or not, many people do just that to their teeth and gums.

5. Choose Your Toothbrush Wisely

It’s a good idea to consider an alternative to old-school, hard bristle toothbrushes. Standard toothbrush contains nylon bristles that can do damage to delicate gum tissue and teeth enamel. The PeriClean is a smarter alternative with gentle rubber bristles that won’t damage fragile tooth enamel or gums.

How The Traditional Nylon Toothbrush May Be Causing Your Gums To Disappear

Because of the scare tactics, including graphic images of bad teeth, many have been pushed into over-brushing.

From the time you were little, you have probably been told to brush your teeth. it is an important habit for children and adults alike. But it is possible to brush your teeth too much and too hard.

I know it is hard to believe that caring for your teeth can damage them, but millions of people each year set themselves up for gum disease. The first problem with brushing is that many people do it improperly, too abrasively, and too often. They wear away the thin enamel of the teeth and erode the gums. This also causes the bone under the gums to disappear and the roots to become exposed. This can result in sensitivity and root decay to take hold.

Without realizing it, people also brush without actually cleaning the area where most disease originates in the teeth. While you might not believe periodontal (gum) disease is waging a slow war on your body, more than 75% of adults over the age of 35 show some degree of signs and symptoms. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults around the world.

Additionally, recent studies shown a possible link between gum disease and a number of other afflictions in the body, including diabetes and heart disease. These studies theorize that bacteria in the mouth, a cause of gum disease, can travel through the bloodstream. Bacteria can contribute to clot formation and the narrowing of the arteries.  

The bottom line is that people brush without cleaning the area where most disease originates. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwashes do not get in between the teeth, no matter what they advertise. Only floss or other interdental devices can break up the plaque nests between the teeth.

Over the course of my 40-year career in dentistry and periodontics, I have seen a recurring theme in how gum disease develops. Traditional thought has taught us to understand  that poor oral hygiene is the first major contributor to gum disease. However because of the scare tactics associated with this idea, including graphic images of bad teeth, many have been pushed into over-brushing. As a result, people are damaging their healthy teeth and gums.

There is such a thing as over-brushing with a nylon toothbrush, which can result in your gums disappearing which is known as  gum recession. Each year, an estimated 24 million people suffer from what the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry has labeled as “toothbrush disease.” The term means gingival recession and wear of the root surface caused by over-brushing, which contributes to receding gums and hypersensitivity of the teeth. It is the reason dentists have moved from recommending hard-bristled toothbrushes to soft-bristled.

The effects of overaggressive brushing lead to reduced enamel and a receding gum line. Gum disease can set in. As the teeth become more sensitive and the gums recede, plaque gets into tougher to get to areas of the mouth.

What most people do not realize about their toothbrush: 

Your tooth enamel and gums are extremely thin. Tooth enamel is actually about the thickness of an egg shell, while gums are merely paper-thin. 

Due to the fragility, brushing too hard can break down tooth enamel and wear away gums. If you’ve experienced sensitive teeth, it could very well be due to gum recession, which can lead to bone loss and sensitivity.

To clean their teeth, millions of people are brushing their gums away without even knowing it—causing damage to their tooth enamel and gums in the process.

Plaque is as soft as yogurt. There is no need to do harm to the teeth and gums to remove plaque. Car finishes are treated more gently. 

It is not my aim to scare you away from the toothbrush you currently use.

As a medical professional, my first duty is to educate my patients, so that you understand your body, the actions you take and how those actions affect your overall health. Be smart and take control of your dental health today!

The Evolution of the Toothbrush

Humans have practiced hygiene throughout history, with periodic advancements being made to improve safety and effectiveness of the various methods. Bathing began as one of the earliest forms of hygiene, when early peoples would clean themselves and their clothes in bodies of water. From there, more advanced hygiene practices (including improved oral care) came about which continued to change the way people took care of their health.

Oral Hygiene: The Beginning

Photo from: Wikipedia.org

Photo from: Wikipedia.org

The first instance of oral hygiene comparable to the modern toothbrush was the chew stick, believed to have been implemented around 3000 BC as a way for people to scrub their teeth and rid them of leftover food. This was a simple contraption – a thin twig with a frayed end – and it allowed the user to both scrub their teeth with one end and pick them with the other end. This was an early method of preventing tooth decay and gum disease, as it allowed early people to maintain good oral health.

The Bristle Toothbrush
It wasn’t until 1498 that the first bristle toothbrush, most similar to the ones used in modern society, was invented. Brought about by the Chinese using hog hair and either bamboo or bone handles, these new devices further brought the idea of regular oral hygiene into common practice. These devices spread across East Asia, and were then brought to Europe by travelers during the 17th century where the Europeans continued to innovate. By the mid-1800’s, toothbrushes went into mass production in Europe and in some East Asian countries.

Photo from: npr.org

Photo from: npr.org

The first American-filed patent for the bristle toothbrush came in 1857, however, mass production in the United States didn’t begin on the toothbrush until almost 30 years later. In fact, it wasn’t until the end of World War II that oral hygiene in the form of tooth brushing came to be a commonality, with the change resulting from the adoption of returning soldiers’ good habits. This was helped partially by the emergence of the nylon bristle toothbrush in the late 1930s, which allowed for a softer and cleaner brushing experience.

The New Age of Toothbrush
Since the introduction of the first modern nylon-bristled toothbrush in the middle of the 20th century, there hasn’t been much innovation in the toothbrush space. Some minor design and functionality changes have been implemented over the last few decades, including bent heads and different bristle configurations, but drastic innovation in the space has been lacking. Dr. Jack Gruber, DDS has changed that with the PeriClean® Ultra Soft Toothbrush.

pericleanDr. Gruber, a renowned periodontist, has been in practice for over 40 years and has seen his fair share of gum damage done by the traditional nylon-bristle toothbrush. The idea for a soft, safe, and gum-friendly toothbrush came to fruition with the PeriClean® Ultra Soft Toothbrush, which uses patented polypropylene plastic and thermoplastic rubber bristles to provide a gentle and effective tooth brushing experience. Years of rigorous research and testing have shown spectacular results and have proven its effectiveness in helping reduce gum recession as well as tooth decay.

The PeriClean® Ultra Soft Toothbrush is lightweight yet strong and made out of FDA-approved materials, which means it is completely BPA-free and safe to use in any setting. The PeriClean® Ultra Soft Toothbrush is suitable for adults and children over 12 years old, while the PeriKids® Ultra Soft Toothbrush is available for those under 12.

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Dentin Hypersensitivity and Gingival Recession

One of the leading causes of dentin hypersensitivity (sensitive teeth) is gingival recession. Gingival recession can be caused by many factors, but the two main causes typically have to do with anatomic factors or oral hygiene habits. While gingival recession is easily preventable, it can also very easily occur, even to the most oral-hygiene-attentive patients. To learn more, click here.

Dentin Hypersensitivity: Current State of the Art and Science

Over the years, the history and causes of dentin hypersensitivity have been thoroughly researched. It has been found that dentin hypersensitivity is frequently found in those with periodontal disease. The factors that can lead to dentin hypersensitivity include loss of enamel and cracked teeth – occurrences that wear down the tooth and expose dentin, therefore making it more susceptible to sensitivity. To learn more about the history and causes of dentin hypersensitivity, click here.

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The Right Toothbrush for Receding Gums

If you have been informed that you are developing receding gums, it is going to be crucial that you take another look at the way that you have been approaching all of your dental care needs. Sometimes, all it takes is the right toothbrush for receding gums and you are going to notice a huge difference in the way that your teeth and gums look and feel. PeriClean® has been perfecting a specialty toothbrush that will be the last one you will ever need to give you the ultimate in dental care.

WHAT MAKES PERICLEAN® DIFFERENT?

PeriClean® toothbrush options are going to help you to get that all-over clean feeling in your mouth while working to alleviate the problem of receding gums. Whether you have strong sensitivities of your teeth and your gums or you are dealing with other periodontal issues, this specialty toothbrush for receding gums is crafted to gently work around your teeth and gums. Once you have the chance to use it, you are never going to want to switch back to a conventional toothbrush.

IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?

The wonderful thing about shopping for your next new toothbrush with PeriClean® is that you have options that allow you to pick out the right one to suit your needs. Even if you are looking to buy a toothbrush for your child, there is the PeriKids® toothbrush that is specially made for kids that are 12 and under. These toothbrushes are all very lightweight, yet strong enough to stand up to regular brushings that your mouth needs to stay healthy. Overall, this product made right in the USA is perfect toothbrush for receding gums, sensitivities, and any other mouth condition that you may be suffering from.

Get in touch with PeriClean® today by filling out the online contact form and you will be able to receive more information about the full line of toothbrushes. This is truly the best way to fight periodontal issues and help to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong so that you can enjoy a healthy, strong smile.