FAQs from OUR Dentist + Speech Pathologist

What is a U-shaped brush?
Our U-shaped brush is a whole mouth tooth brush designed to efficiently clean the all the surfaces of your teeth in under 40 seconds.

Are U-shaped brushes suitable for everyone?
U-shaped brushes were designed for those with neurodiversity in mind, who have sensory differences and those little munchkins who need extra encouraging to brush their teeth. They are generally suitable for most people, both kids and adults. If you are unsure if they are suitable for you please send us an email so we can help guide you.

Can a U-shaped toothbrush effectively clean hard-to-reach areas in the mouth, such as the back molars?
Yes, U-shaped toothbrushes are designed to effectively clean hard-to-reach areas in the mouth, including the back molars. The U-shaped design allows for better access to these difficult-to-reach spaces.

Are there any specific dental conditions or limitations for which U-shaped toothbrushes are recommended or not recommended?
U-shaped toothbrushes are generally safe for most individuals, but dentists may recommend them for specific dental conditions, such as orthodontic patients or for those with physical limitations that may benefit from our unique design.

How does a manual U-shaped brush work?
Insert the brush into your mouth, ensuring the u-shaped curve sits comfortably surrounds your teeth and gums. Bite down on the brush gently and move the brush in a side-to-side motion for 20-30 seconds. After use, rinse toothbrush head thoroughly, shake off excess water and store in a cool dry place.


How does an electric U-shaped brush work?
Insert the brush into your mouth, ensuring it comfortably surrounds your teeth and gums. Gently bite down on the brush. Press the power button and let the brush do all the work. When the brush has finished it will automatically turn off.

What's the difference between manual and electric U-shaped brushes?
Electric U-shaped brushes offer automated motion, with adjustable settings, to provide thorough cleaning with less effort compared to manual brushes.


Are U-shaped toothbrushes safe for individuals with braces or dental restorations like crowns and bridges?

U-shaped toothbrushes can be safe for individuals with braces or dental restorations. However, it's crucial to follow the dentist's or orthodontist's instructions on proper oral care with these dental appliances. We highly recommend the combined usage of our U-shaped brushes with our hydro flossers daily especially for those over the age of 8 for a complete mouth clean.  

Are electric U-shaped brushes safe to use?
Yes, electric U-shaped brushes are designed with safety in mind. However, it's important to use them according to the provided guidelines to avoid any issues. The electric brushes are showerproof but we recommend you do not submerge them in water.

What are the benefits of using a U-shaped toothbrush compared to traditional toothbrushes?

The benefits of using a U-shaped toothbrush include efficient cleaning of a larger area in less time compared to traditional toothbrushes. It can also provide better coverage of the gumline and help maintain overall oral hygiene.

Are there any potential drawbacks or considerations to be aware of when using a U-shaped toothbrush?

While U-shaped toothbrushes offer advantages, some users may find it takes time to get accustomed to the unique design. Additionally, those with specific oral health concerns should consult with a dentist to determine if a U-shaped toothbrush is the best choice.

Can a U-shaped toothbrush be used as a substitute for flossing, or is it still necessary to incorporate flossing into daily oral care?
U-shaped toothbrushes can be a useful tool, but they are not a substitute for flossing. Flossing remains an essential part of daily oral care to remove plaque and debris from between teeth and along the gumline.  To ensure you are keeping your gums clean, we recommend the usage of our hydro flosser from 8 years and above. 

As a speech pathologist, how can U-shaped toothbrushes impact speech development and oral motor skills in children?

As a speech pathologist, using U-shaped toothbrushes may not directly impact speech development or oral motor skills in children. However, good oral hygiene can support overall oral health, which indirectly contributes to a healthy foundation for speech development. 

Can I replace the bristles on a manual U-shaped brush?

Definitely, we highly encourage you change the brush head every 3 months. You can purchase the extra brush heads on our website.

Do the brushes come in different sizes?
Yes, the manual brush heads come in small and medium and the electric brush heads come in small, medium and large.

How do I charge the electric U-shaped brush?
Electric U-shaped brushes come with a charging station or cable.

Can I travel with my electric U-shaped brush?
Yes of course, please ensure it's powered off during travel.

How do I clean my U-shaped brush after use?
Rinse the brush thoroughly under water, removing any debris or toothpaste. Allow it to air dry before storage.

How often should I replace my U-shaped brush?
As with regular toothbrushes, it's recommended to replace your U-shaped brush every 3 or sooner if the bristles are frayed.

Can multiple family members use the same U-shaped brush?
It's best for each individual to have their own brush to maintain hygiene and prevent cross-contamination of germs.

How and what types of toothpaste do you recommend for a u shaped toothbrush? 

We recommend the use of age appropriate toothpaste or as directed by your dentist. The most effective way to use toothpaste with our unique  U-shaped brush is to place some toothpaste on a front tooth and spread it around using your tongue. Insert the toothbrush and brush away. 

How much is shipping?

Shipping is a $10 flat fee, however if your purchase is above $100 then shipping is free.

Do you ship internationally?

Not just yet but it's coming soon. Please send us an email if you are interested in a purchase and are located outside of Australia so we can help. 

How does oral health impact speech development in children?
Oral health plays a critical role in speech development in children. Healthy teeth and gums are essential for proper articulation and clarity in speech. If a child experiences dental issues like cavities or misalignment, it can affect their ability to form certain sounds correctly, leading to speech sound difficulties.

What are some common speech difficulties that may be related to oral health problems?
Several speech difficulties can be related to oral health problems. Some of the common issues include lisps, difficulty pronouncing certain sounds like "s," "z," and "th," and slurred speech. These problems may arise due to factors such as missing teeth, malocclusion (bad bite), or tongue tie.

How can Speech Pathologists collaborate with dental professionals to improve overall oral health in their clients?
Collaboration between speech pathologists and dental professionals is crucial to improving overall oral health and speech outcomes for clients. By working together, they create personalized treatment plans that address both the oral health and speech needs of their clients, leading to better overall communication and well-being.

When should a person seek advice from a speech pathologist?

In general, it is beneficial to seek advice from a speech pathologist as early as possible when concerns about communication or oral health arise. Early intervention can lead to better outcomes and more effective management of speech and language difficulties. Remember, speech pathologists are trained professionals who can assess, diagnose, and provide personalized therapy plans to address a wide range of communication challenges.
If in Australia, find your local Speech Pathologist on the Speech Pathology Australia website (https://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/