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Evaluation of a New Ceramic-containing Toothbrush Bristle 1. Questionnaire Survey on Dental Hygienist Students about its Usability and First Impressions| Abstract
ISSN: 2332-0702

Journal of Oral Hygiene & Health
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  • Research Article   
  • J Oral Hyg Health, Vol 6(2): 240
  • DOI: 10.4172/2332-0702.1000240

Evaluation of a New Ceramic-containing Toothbrush Bristle 1. Questionnaire Survey on Dental Hygienist Students about its Usability and First Impressions

Masahiro Yoneda1*, Takao Hirofuji1, Sami Omagari1, Hiromitsu Morita1, Ayako Ishii2, Tadayuki Matsuo2, Nao Suzuki3, Takashi Tsuzuki4, Yusuke Taniguchi5, Chihiro Koga6 and Yutaka Takahashi7
1Section of General Dentistry, Department of General Dentistry, Fukuoka Dental College, , Japan
2Department of Dental Hygiene, Fukuoka College of Health Sciences, , Japan
3Section of Oral Public Health, Department of Preventive and Public Health, Fukuoka Dental College, , Japan
4Section of Removable Prosthodontics, Department of General Dentistry, Fukuoka Dental College, , Japan
5Section of Fixed Prosthodontics, Department of Oral Rehabilitation, Fukuoka Dental College, , Japan
6Center for Oral Diseases, Fukuoka Dental College, , Japan
7Rector, Fukuoka Dental College, , Japan
*Corresponding Author : Masahiro Yoneda, Section of General Dentistry, Department of General Dentistry, Fukuoka Dental College, 2-15-1, Tamura, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka 814-0193, Japan, Tel: +81-92-801-0411, Fax: +81-92-801-4909, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: May 02, 2018 / Accepted Date: May 07, 2018 / Published Date: May 15, 2018

Abstract

Toothbrushes after use are contaminated by many microorganisms including bacteria, fungi and viruses. We are thinking of making an anti-bacterial toothbrush by including ceramics in the bristle. But if the ceramic-containing bristles are too hard for the tooth and gingiva, it cannot be used as a toothbrush. So, before examining the antibacterial properties, we evaluated the feeling by asking students of dental hygiene. In our preliminary experiment, we determined the most appropriate width and length of ceramic-containing bristles. The students used this toothbrush and answered the questions. Almost all the students were satisfied with the new toothbrush with ceramic-containing bristles. Moreover, the new toothbrush was found to be comparable with the world-wide sold toothbrush. We obtained data that the ceramic-containing bristles were acceptable. Further study to investigate the anti-bacterial properties and effective cleanliness are in progress.

Keywords: Toothbrush; Ceramic-containing bristle; Questionnaire survey

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