DISCLOSURE: Noelle Copeland RDH is the oral care specialist and dental consultant to the Brilliant and Baby Buddy oral care lines through Compac Industries. See terms below.
After 25 years of working on patients in numerous different settings throughout my career, I’ve seen a lot of great things come and challenging things go, thank goodness! Hand dipped individual x rays that never seemed to develop or fix quite right, or dry fast enough to actually file them away, in the right chart, without accidently scratching them before Friday afternoon rolled around to our now dearly beloved digital radiography. Instant visual access to any tooth in the mouth with multiple options for adding contrast, saturation, color, and just the amazing ability to make a picture 10x bigger or use the microscope lens to get a better look between those contacts. I LOVE innovation and don't miss a thing about the toxic aroma of developer and fixer solutions or cleaning roller trays and tanks.
We’ve said goodbye to Cuspidors, or as they really should be called, spit bowls, because let's be honest, we all gagged a little every time we had to clean and change the trap in one of those things. Nothing says “Have a great lunch break” quite like chunky saliva and left over mouth debris. Remember when you had to “pump” the dental chairs up…with a foot pedal that was attached to the base…and the only thing that reclined was the back of it and the arms rests were stationary and did not move. Zero gravity comfort was not an option for the patient or us, so most of the time we stood up and worked. The large, scary and CLEAR container of mystery liquid that housed all the extracted teeth that were collected for what seemed like years. The loud amalgamator that would sling shot your carpule across the room if you didn't get that little booger in those holes just right. Having your paper chart out and open, on the counter, right beside you as you diligently worked on your patient, while all the spray and aerosols coated everything–the chart, your face, your exposed arms, and anything else within 5 feet–and then you would studiously write your charts up, at lunch, while casually “EATING” your sandwich and sipping a TAB, oblivious to the cross contamination you were possibly ingesting.
In all seriousness “We’ve come a long way Y’all.” Some of us just might need more medical care in the future.
One area that has seen slow but steady growth and innovation over the past few decades is patient preventative tools. A toothbrush, some floss and maybe a toothpick were pretty much all anyone used for homecare. Now we have a dental market that is saturated with products that offer a mouth rinse for pretty much any oral condition, floss in different sizes, threaders, proximal brushes, water picks & oral irrigators, tongue scrapers, sonic toothbrushes, fluoride, xylitol, and numerous pastes, gels, creams and elixirs to soothe and treat any patient of any age.
Surprisingly though, the toothbrush has remained relatively…the same. Basically a handle with bristles on one end, pointing in one direction. The toothbrushes given out to patients in the 1950s look pretty much the same as the toothbrushes handed out today. Sizes have changed, bristle manufacturing has changed, the polys and plastics used to create the handles have changed, but the design has stayed relatively the same. Until now!
I was first introduced to a Brilliant® toothbrush at the Hinman Dental Convention and I was immediately intrigued. I had NEVER seen a round toothbrush with 360 degrees of bristles around the brush head. My first thought was, “Why didn't I think of that? It’s such a great idea!” Why shouldn't a toothbrush be round? As a professional, I'm constantly telling my patients they have to clean their whole mouth, and not just brush, because the bacteria that cause gum disease and cavities are all over the mouth… the teeth, the tongue, the cheeks, the vestibule, the back of the throat, under the gums, and even on the lips.
Brush, Floss, Rinse, Spit, Repeat!
Brilliant® toothbrushes address a lot of the challenges and issues faced by patients and clinicians with homecare compliance. Once I started implementing them into my recommendations routine and oral hygiene instructions, I quickly realized that everyone thought the same thing I did. This is BRILLIANT! And here's 6 reasons why:
Brilliant® however, has radically changed that factor. The special needs “Special Soft” toothbrush is the softest toothbrush I have ever used, and my patients agree! It becomes therapeutically soft with just warm water, making it an ideal choice for anyone with taste or smell aversions. The Special Soft can be easily used by a caregiver and easily controlled by a patient with dexterity issues since the round head eliminates the need to twist or turn the wrist. This gives the patient a sense of independence in having some control over their dental routines. Soft and soothing as it cleans the teeth and tissues, Brilliant’s Special Soft is an excellent tool to “sweep the vestibule” to clean the mouth of bed bound patients or others who thrust and deflect food there, without damaging the oral mucosa or further irritation of existing ulcerations. Patients can get a “real clean feeling” with just warm water and a Brilliant toothbrush and use pastes and gels as prescribed, desired, and needed. I have had the pleasure of hearing the most amazing stories of success from mothers of autistic children, down syndrome care takers, speech and language therapists, feeding specialists, cancer patients, and many with physical disabilities that prevented them from holding and using a regular toothbrush. Almost all the stories start out the same: “We have tried everything and nothing worked until we used Brilliant®. Now we can brush without the pain or sensitivity, the fighting, the crying and tantrums, or the challenges we use to face everyday.”
So now you know how brilliant, Brilliant Oral Care really is. The entire oral care line has products from birth all the way through adulthood, from mouth wipes, to silicone toothbrushes, to the star “Brilliant® toothbrushes”, that also happen to come in sonic versions as well! Brilliant Oral Care might be the new kid on the dental block but they are making serious ripples in what we are used to seeing in preventative oral hygiene products.
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