Oral-B Brush Ups Review

Clean Your Teeth on the Go

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Editor's Note: Oral-B Brush Ups have been discontinued. Unfortunately Oral-B doesn't make a similar product, but there are a few comparable alternatives, including Azdent Deep Cleaning Teeth Wipes and My Dentist's Choice Tooth Tissues.

About Oral-B Brush Ups

My mother and I were at the park one day with my three children when I noticed something really strange. My mother had her finger inside of my son's mouth, moving it all over his teeth.

My son wasn't shrieking and he didn't look scared. In fact, he looked like he was used it.

It turns out that my mother was using Oral-B Brush Ups. She was cleaning my son's teeth! Oral-B Brush Ups are textured teeth wipes that you can use anywhere to quickly clean the plaque off of your teeth and freshen your breath!

Brush Ups fit over your finger like a little sock. Just wipe it over your teeth, tongue and gums. They don't require any water or rinsing. They also have a special moisture shield that keeps your finger dry! Oral-B Brush Ups are sugar-free to prevent cavities and they have a refreshing mint flavor. They're also individually wrapped, making them perfect to keep in your purse, backpack, desk or car.

Brush-ups aren't recommended for children under 5 because the mint flavor might be too strong. Adult supervision should be used for children under 8 years old. While these brush ups are not a replacement for regular brushing and flossing, they are great for helping to keep your teeth and mouth clean and fresh feeling throughout the day.

Brush Ups Alternatives

Oral-B no longer makes Brush Ups, but there are some similar items you can find in stores and online. Azdent Deep Cleaning Teeth Wipes are almost identical to Brush Ups: they have the same fit, they're textured and they have a sugar-free mint flavor.

My Dentist's Choice Tooth Tissues are made specifically for preventing tooth decay in babies, but they can be used by all ages.

The 99 percent natural wipes are paraben-free and were created by two dentists for their daughter. They don't contain any fragrance, but users rave about the wipe's ability to give teeth a clean, smooth, fresh feeling. Spiffies Baby Tooth Wipes are also great for little ones. They look just like Brush Ups, but they're paraben and fluoride free, and they're proven to be effective.

If you need more serious breath freshening, you're better off brushing your teeth. A product like Oral-B Brush Ups is more of a "fun" product that won't do the trick. Brush Ups will temporarily minimize bad breath, but they can't get rid of it.

Technique is important

You need to make sure you have proper brushing is essential for cleaning teeth and gums effectively. Use a toothbrush with bristles that will not scratch and irritate teeth or damage gums.

Place bristles along the gumline at a 45-degree angle. Bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gumline.

Brush the outer tooth surfaces of 2-3 teeth using a back & forth rolling motion. A rolling motion is when the brush makes contact with the gumline and is moved downward toward the chewing surface. Move brush to the next group of two to three teeth and repeat.

Use a 45-degree angle with bristles contacting the tooth surface and gumline. Gently brush using back, forth, and rolling motion along all of the inner tooth surfaces.

To clean the back surfaces, tilt the brush vertically behind the front teeth. Make several up & down strokes using the front half of the brush.

Place the brush against the biting surface of the teeth & use a gentle back & forth scrubbing motion. Brush the tongue from back to front to remove odor-producing bacteria.

Remember to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Researchers have established that thousands of microbes grow on toothbrush bristles and handles.

Most are harmless, but others can cause cold and flu viruses, the herpes virus that causes cold sores, and bacteria that can cause periodontal infections. 

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