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Brushing your teeth is basically the simplest and the best way to prevent dental almost every dental malady. the first toothbrush was introduced in 3000 B.C. (quite old, isn’t it?) by the Babylonians and guess what: it doesn’t look anything like the toothbrushes that we use today. In fact, the early toothbrush, or the chewing sticks were disposable because they can only be used only after meals to clean off the dirt that have been accumulated in hard-to-reach areas inside the mouth.
We’ll discuss in this article the different parts of toothbrush, how to use it, and how to properly brush your teeth.
The parts of the Toothbrush the toothbrush, as simple as it may look, has undergone a lot of patent regulations before it become the reference of the ones we commercially use.
The Toothbrush Head the head of the toothbrush contains all the necessary parts for cleaning our teeth. Head sizes come in variety of sizes, depending on the age of the intended user. Smaller toothbrush heads are recommended for children or pre-adolescents who have not yet had their full set of permanent teeth. Medium-sized heads are intended for adolescents and adults, who have a larger set of teeth. There are also the bigger sized toothbrush heads that are used by people who prefer a general clean and also for people who are larger in scale.
The head of the toothbrush consists mainly of two important parts: the tongue scraper and the bristles.
The tongue scraper is a recent innovation in the commercial production of toothbrushes. before, there were only the bristles that cleaned the teeth. but manufacturers of toothbrush soon received suggestions that there should also be a part of the toothbrush that was specifically designed to scrape of dirt for the tongue. A patent was then passed to attach a tongue scraper at the back of the head (since it isn’t being used anyway), to facilitate a whole mouth clean, since the bristles are really for tooth-cleaning purposes.
Almost every variety of toothbrushes have tongue scraper nowadays. the pricier a toothbrush gets, the more upgrades it has to match the effectiveness of the bristles. If you could notice, more expensive toothbrushes have a larger branding and commercial information that pertain to the effectiveness of the tongue scraper.
The bristles are the most important part of the toothbrush. why? Because they do 90% of the cleaning (the other 10% is done by the tongue scraper). Bristles are made up of nylon, and hence the soft and sturdy feel. There are two types of bristles: soft bristles and hard bristles.
Soft bristles are commercially made for people who have sensitive teeth, people who wear dental appliances and also for people who have recently undergone oral surgery. Soft bristles make it easier to reach in-between the teeth and gum lines. these soft bristles are made up of very fine and small nylon material suited to make brushing easier and safer.
Toothbrushes with hard bristles are usually cheaper than soft bristles because, commercially speaking, the material is cheaper and people are usually attracted to cheaper prices, especially when it comes to dental care products. Hard bristles, though seemingly more effective than soft bristles, actually come second in performance, because they don’t reach the hard-to-reach areas of the teeth that soft bristles can penetrate into easily.
Electric toothbrushes only use soft bristles, because the degree of oscillation, when paired with hard bristles, can lead to devastating results for your teeth.
The bristles’ effectiveness in cleaning teeth usually last about three to six months of continuous use. Replacing your tooth brush after the three to six month period is imperative because worn-out bristles don’t do anything and may already be filled with invisible, foreign bacteria that could latch on to your teeth as you brush.
The Toothbrush Handle Unknowingly, the handle plays a very important role in brushing our teeth. Our grip depends on the handle of the toothbrush, meaning if the handle is of non-ergonomic shape, it might cause us to use a stronger grip, hence the potential damage on our teeth because of coercive brushing.
Dentists recommend toothbrushes with long, thick, rubbery and very flexible ergonomic handles. Oral-B and Colgate have phased out their old toothbrush models that have a thin and stiff handle.
Using a Toothbrush and How to Properly Brush Your Teeth using a toothbrush is no rocket science, but the potential hazards of hard brushing should also be taken into consideration.
First of all, choose a dentist-recommended toothbrush and only buy one from a respected brand, like Colgate or Oral-B. Depending on your dentist’s suggestions or your personal preferences, you can use a manual or electric toothbrush. And make sure that you’re using one that has soft bristles.
Second, apply a rich, full, pasty lather of toothpaste onto the toothbrush. Don’t be too conservative on toothpaste. make sure that all the bristles have been covered with toothpaste and try to make it a habit to gargle first before brushing your teeth, especially after meals.
Finally, brushing your teeth will take about two to three minutes. Don’t brush for only 15 seconds – you technically never brushed your teeth at all in that short duration. when brushing your teeth, start with short, gentle strokes on the outer surface of your upper and lower teeth in the first twenty seconds to facilitate a sort of warm-up exercise for the teeth and gums. You can now proceed by brushing the inside surface of both the upper and lower teeth. Repeat until you’ve hit two minute marker and don’t forget to use the tongue scraper when you’re finished brushing. Afterwards, gargle and look in the mirror if you did a good job on brushing your teeth.
We hope this article helps you start a great oral hygiene. Check out our other articles on dental health.
Every time you turn around it seems like some new company is making a cheaper and faster version of home teeth whitening kits. Not every product works the same, no matter what the manufactures tell us and some can be very messy and end up delivering poor results.
When it comes to home teeth whitening kits you have several different options to choose from:
- Bleaching Strips – these are applied (like a long piece of tape) to your upper and lower teeth. the main downside to strips, in my opinion at least, is that they do not cover all of your teeth, only the teeth most visible when you smile. So for people who have a wide smile, this is not a very good choice.
- Quick Dissolving Strips – the concept is interesting because it is simple and there is no removal necessary, however, due to acid and fluids in your mouth these are not as effective as the normal strips.
- Gel – that is applied like a tooth paste, using a toothbrush.
- Trays – this is the original method of home teeth whitening kits and is probably the most inconvenient choice of all. you are provided with a plastic tray that has to be softened in hot water and then shaped to fit your teeth. anyone who has ever tried this method knows it is almost impossible to do correctly which leaves the user with inconsistent whitening results.
- Laser Based Whitening Lights – you apply a solution to your teeth and then shine a UV based light on them for a certain amount of time each day.
- Pen applicators – this is probably the most convenient and cleanest option that exists today.
Do your research and decide what method is right for you then get started on the road to a whiter, more beautiful smile today
Former HSU member Graham Parremore. Photo: Angela Wylie
it is the union for some of Australia’s lowest-paid workers but the money pouring in and out of its coffers has done little to help its members.
TOOTHBRUSHES were to be the symbol for the Health Services Union campaign over dental healthcare in the 2007 federal election. or at least that was the plan.
In the spirit of Kevin ’07 T-shirts, thousands of the brushes with the union logo would be given to the public. it seemed a good way to engage voters and political hopefuls in the idea that dental work should be covered by Medicare, while also boosting job prospects and membership in the health sector.
But when the Victorian share of the brushes arrived at the union offices in Melbourne, there was a mere handful.
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As union officials and activists were to discover later, many of the brushes – minus the HSU logo – had been diverted to help get outgoing union chief Craig Thomson elected to the seat of Dobell in NSW.
So, what was ultimately in the toothbrush campaign for the 70,000 workers who clean, cook and push trolleys around the Australian healthcare system, and whose wages had helped maintain the union and the ALP to which it was, until yesterday, affiliated?
Well, they got Thomson, the MP at the heart of the widening controversy now threatening the Gillard government and which has now driven the HSU out of the Labor fold. Dental care, however, remains outside the scope of Medicare and lowly paid health workers remain, well, lowly paid health workers.
To some exasperated Victorian HSU members and former officials, the missing toothbrush saga encapsulated the state of the union often referred to in political circles as Australia’s most dysfunctional. The members always seem to be an afterthought. they almost always miss out.
They certainly appeared to be the losers in the recent revelations and allegations that have led to multiple police and fair Work Australia investigations, including the special NSW police Strike Force Carnarvon. The allegations centre on union officials’ alleged abuse of credit cards to pay for prostitutes, lavish lifestyles and entertaining, diversion of money for Thomson’s political campaign, alleged secret commissions and kickbacks involving union national president and Labor powerbroker Michael Williamson, and nepotism in the form of employment of family members and friends within the HSU.
For 27 years, Graham Parremore has worked at the Austin Hospital wheeling patients through corridors and taking care of bodies. For 26 of those years, he was in the HSU. But disillusionment finally won out.
”[Craig] Thomson should be kicked out of the Labor Party, period,” says Parremore. ”He makes us look like idiots, he’s an embarrassment.”
As it happened, the entire union left the ALP yesterday. The parting of ways is no doubt a relief for beleaguered Prime Minister Julia Gillard. at the other end of the labour movement, HSU rank-and-file members are also likely to feel relief today.
While prostitutes, politicians and credit cards will always make headlines, arguably more debilitating (and costly) for union members has been the relationship between the ALP and its union cousins – and the political manipulation of unions such as the HSU by factional warlords.
Take the 2009 election for the HSU no. 1 branch in Victoria, which may go down in history as a pivotal moment in that relationship. some have estimated the amount of union funds – not just from the HSU – poured into the campaign was in excess of $1 million.
The acrimonious poll was forced on the union after a dirty internal row. Preceded by public punch-ups and allegations and counter-allegations of bullying and corruption, the election descended into a expensive no-holds-barred political brawl.
The public candidates in this three-way contest included little-known former activists and officials: the first headed by ultimately victorious Marco Bolano, the second by long-time delegate and former official Doug Byron, the third by former organiser and now Darebin mayor Diana Asmar.
But the tickets quickly became known in union circles by the backroom names that guided and resourced them. in particular, long-time HSU street fighters and sworn enemies Kathy Jackson (Bolano) and former no. 1 branch president and secretary Pauline Fegan (Doug Byron).
Jackson is now the union’s executive president and is the former wife of another health union veteran and controversial HSU figure, Jeff Jackson. through marriage and divorce the pair were allies in a two-decade fight to control the health union power in Victoria.
In union circles, the stories and allegations about the Jacksons and their high-spending life, courtesy of the union and its credit cards, are legion. Jackson insists that in her long involvement she has never abused union resources or money. ”I believe that the present allegations and gossip directed at me originate with people who wish to smear me and deflect some attention from the matters being investigated by Strike Force Carnarvon,” she said in a written statement to The Saturday Age.
Yet all the controversy and drama surrounding the Jacksons has not scared off cashed-up and influential allies. Chief among them is Victorian Labor senator David Feeney, a university comrade of Jackson, who relies on HSU numbers for support at the all important state conference.
Sources from within the Jackson camp have confirmed that Feeney and his Victorian office played an important strategic and practical role in the 2009 campaign. some regard the senator as the mastermind of the Jackson ticket’s success.
Yesterday he confirmed support for Jackson, but only to say that it was well known that he and Jackson were old friends. he did not comment on the level of that support.
Feeney’s allies in the conservative right Labor faction – dubbed the ”Taliban” by its opponents – include the conservative shop assistants’ union and the National Union of Workers, formerly the Storemen and Packers. both unions are understood to have actively supported the Jackson bid. NUW Victorian secretary Tim Kennedy confirmed in-kind support was probably provided, including the use of offices and volunteer labour of NUW staff.
Shop assistants’ union secretary Michael Donovan insisted that only ”moral” support was given.
Important support was also understood to have been given by national president Michael Williamson. although it remains unclear what form it took. Repeated calls to Williamson have not been returned.
Shortly after the election, Williamson, long-time chief of the union in NSW and its national president, realised a long-standing ambition to merge the NSW and Victorian branches to create what is known as the HSU East branch. in so doing he strengthened his own political base. (Jackson refused to comment when asked whether the merger was a plan she and Williamson had agreed to before the election.)
Jackson’s position in the union was consolidated and she soon found herself added to lucrative board postings alongside Williamson, including on the public service-based credit union SGE. Like Williamson, Jackson has a substantial loan from SGE, although the terms are unknown.
So bolstered was the Jackson ticket with money and resources that one campaigner told The Saturday Age this week that the election was ”unloseable” for Feeney, Jackson and Bolano. Seasoned Labor right operatives have estimated the cost of the Jackson campaign at as much as $500,000.
Jackson would not comment on the cost of the campaign or the involvement of MPs or other unions’ support.
However, one senior veteran of union and Labor politics heavily involved in the Jackson team told The Saturday Age, only half jokingly, that a good many Labor and union figures should probably be ”in jail” for their questionable use of union and parliamentary resources.
The Jackson-Williamson relationship has been soured by recent events and positively poisoned by the time of yesterday’s disaffiliation vote.
The second, unsuccessful, ticket was headed by long time HSU activist and former official Doug Byron. Behind Byron was Pauline Fegan, the long-time health union stalwart and one-time Victorian HSU president and secretary.
Like Williamson, Thomson and the Jacksons, Fegan had also been involved in controversial incidents at the union, including being found by an external auditor to have spent $147,000 of union money on promotional goods sold by a company owned by her partner, Phillip Grima. She denies the spending was improper but concedes it was a ”dumb” thing to do; ”plain stupid”.
Behind her was a formidable group of Labor campaigners. The Saturday Age understands Stephen Conroy pledged his support. Hands-on help came from former ALP state secretary Stephen Newnham, and ex-ALP organiser George Droutsas.
Asked about the involvement of Conroy and other political figures, Fegan refuses to comment. Conroy said he had supported no ticket in particular.
Fegan denies external union support, insisting her entire campaign was self-funded and still being paid off by the individuals on the ticket, and herself.
ALP insiders insist that Conroy’s power base, the Transport Workers Union, contributed to the Fegan campaign.
The third ticket was headed by former organiser Diana Asmer, the current mayor of Darebin in Melbourne’s inner north. while no longer directly involved in the industry or the union, Asmer is in close contact with HSU members and is understood to be readying herself in case fresh elections are called in light of the current HSU scandals.
During the campaign she sought to present herself as a political innocent. her backers were anything but. among her campaign supporters was Andrew Landeryou, close ally of bill Shorten and Labor right political blogger of notoriety. Landeryou ”expressly denied” being involved with any of the candidates when asked by The Saturday Age.
Asmer was widely regarded as Shorten’s preferred candidate, despite the fact that the co-leader of the ”ShortCon” group, Conroy, had backed Fegan.
Confirmed by all camps in the election is that the Asmer campaign was run with strong support from the offices of the Shorten-aligned Plumbing Trades Employees Union and with substantial backing from the Australian Workers Union. The AWU denies backing any candidates. Plumbers union federal president Tony Murphy said as far as he knew his union supported none of the candidates at the 2009 HSU poll.
Sources from all three camps have put the total cost of the campaign at over $1 million, to cover the mail-outs, DVDs, posters, ring-arounds, travel and other campaign costs. Insiders from the Jackson and Asmer camps independently put the figure at $1.2 million.
How much of the total was contributed in cash and/or resources by unions and MPs is almost impossible to quantify, but probably the bulk of it.
Such was the nastiness of the election, and the weight of resources thrown at it, that some involved were genuinely shocked, and troubled. One Jackson camp insider said that through the campaign he became aware that candidates on the tickets were mere ”puppets”.
”The thing that troubled me was the sheer weight of support that came in from the background for the campaign. There was a shitload of money coming in and there was no discussion about it.”
It was understood that the money was made available as an investment in influence within the ALP.
”Everybody believed they had to win the HSU,” says Fegan, who this week spoke candidly with The Saturday Age. ”I suppose it was because of [ALP] numbers.”
But now – like many – she is asking what good has come from the numbers. Fegan queries what all the Labor energy, money and angst invested in the HSU, and vice-versa, ever delivered for union members.
”One would think that if you’ve got a Labor government it would assist health workers. But if you look at what’s happened in the Victorian health system in the past 15 years – contracting out and reduction of support services – health workers have been cut to the bone and Labor hasn’t given a rat’s about them.”
Health-sector workers repeatedly complain about the weakness of this Labor-linked union and the failure to make substantial gains through a decade of state ALP government. many point in contrast to the disciplined and potent force that is the fast-growing but non-affiliated Australian Nursing Federation.
Fegan is in no doubt it was time for the HSU and the ALP to part ways.
”I don’t believe unions should be affiliated to any parties at all any more – Labor, the Greens whatever – their priorities are not the same.”
Even before yesterday’s landmark decision, the question of affiliation had been occupying the minds of many in the Labor Party who wonder what good can ultimately come from fighting over a union base made up of just 18 per cent of the Australian workforce.
This week, amid the darkest of the HSU’s many dark hours, talk at health-sector worksites turned to the possibility of fresh union elections – the need for a new broom. Signatures were being gathered for a petition to force such a poll. The shop-floor anger is being viewed by Labor right warriors from the Shorten and Conroy group as an opportunity to seize control of the union from the Feeney-Jackson forces. Potential candidates had already been approached, among them Fegan and Asmer.
It remains to be seen if the disaffiliation is a permanent thing.
HSU members may rejoice in having their union back – for now.
Royce Millar is with the investigative unit.
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