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Although it is difficult to say definitively which Sonicare brush head is the best, there is the ProResults (view on Amazon) brush head which is an excellent solution for most users offering superior every day, all round cleaning.
I feel it worth mentioning that the Deery et al. paper cited as evidence that powered is better than manual is actually far more equivocal. Statistically significant, yes, but very weak effect size, something like 5-15% lower “scores” for plaque and gingivitis. Such small effects may be just as well due to placebo-like effects. And, as the authors themselves state, it is unclear that there is any clinical benefit to this small reduction in these scores. Overall, the case for powered is I think considerably weaker than portrayed here.
Flexcare Platinum has some of the features of DiamondClean but comes at a lower price. It’s not as advanced as the previous model and also lacks some of its useful features. However, it’s still a powerful toothbrush with immense cleaning capabilities.
Good to know. I am in California too and thinking of becoming a RDH. I also considered sonography and nursing but think this might be the right choice. I am currently a massage therapist and it’s just too physically demanding and also super inconsistent as it is not a necessity but a luxury to most people. I hear that RDH is physical too but I feel maybe less so? Or possibly just different. I love the idea of not working 5 days as I do lots of things and the hours are way better than nursing and sonography. At this point in life I would prefer not to work late nights, on call or all weekends and holidays. There has to be a balance in everything.
As for the strange silicone bristles of the Foreo, Dr. Glassman revealed that “silicone is non-abrasive, which makes it impossible to put too much pressure on your teeth, thus preventing gum recession and sensitivity.” Our experts also explained that unlike standard nylon bristles, silicone is nonporous which leaves less room on the bristles for bacteria to grow. While this makes the Foreo sound perfect, Dr. Glassman warned us that “there is not a lot of literature or clinical studies on their effectiveness with removing bacteria” from teeth. Dr. Lawlor agreed and explained “the bristle size is too thick for the silicone at this point, it’ll be too bulky to slip under your gums. There’s hope for the future, but it’s important to not give up important designs.” For now, the regular bristles of our top picks are the most effective way to go.
Dental hygienists have the option of working full-or part-time, so your schedule may have some flexibility to it. Unlike some other careers, dental hygienists also generally don’t have to work nights, weekends or holidays.
Sonimart makes a replacement brush Sonimart Standard Replacement Toothbrush Heads for Philips Sonicare ProResults HX6013, HX6014 4 pack that sells on Amazon for $14.95. Amazon labels these as the #1 best seller, and 2,180 reviews give them an average of 4.3 of 5 stars. What do you think of these?
Jump up ^ Johnson, D.L.; Karkut, R.T. (October 1994). “Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion”. Psychological reports. 75 (2): 851–7. doi:10.2466/pr0.1994.75.2.851. PMID 7862796.
If you’re interested in considering a sonic toothbrush that’s not a Sonicare, we’ve noticed the Braun Oral B Pulsonic. Its features list places it in the same general category as the Sonicare models we discuss on this page.
So you basically tested everything except the cleaning power, which is sort of the “main feature”. I mean, the word “bacteria” shows up twice in the article. It’s clear that most people don’t brush enough or the wrong way, so a criteria like “percentage of bacteria / plaque removed per second of brushing” seems important.
In addition, some electric toothbrushes, like the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean, offer more than one way of charging. One is through the easy use of a USB, and the other through a standard charging station. The convenience of charging may not be a big deal to everyone, but it is a diverse functionality nevertheless.
Hello, I’ve been browsing the internet how to clean a toohbrush naturually, no rubbing alcohol! thanks for the info, should I clean it every week? say every saturday? twice a week? what would be the best days to clean it, I brush 3 times a day.
In addition, I tried the generic Oral-B replacement brushes a few years ago and they were TERRIBLE. At least one fell apart as I was using it, and my cheek got caught in the little hole in the back of another. Not sure if the replacements have gotten better since then, but it’s made me reluctant to try.
Taking steps to naturally reduce stress and make healthy lifestyle changes is best and includes; quitting smoking, keeping alcohol use to a minimum, participate in yoga and meditation to reduce stress and just taking time to relax. Try to avoid medications to reduce stress if at all possible, they can have side-effects or be habit forming.
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If you don’t fancy rubbing vegetable glycerine on your teeth, you might prefer something a little simpler. You can rub orange peel directly onto your teeth and this will help to fight tartar building microorganisms on the enamel. You can also mash up the peel (though this may take some time) and apply it to the stained areas. Leave to rest and then rinse. You should find that this noticeably whitens the teeth.
This article is remiss in not dealing with the huge issue of replacing batteries. The built-in obsolescence in all these brushes is both an environmental evil and an economic abuse. Imagine if a few torch manufacturers managed to corner the market, form an oligopoly and start making torches which you had to throw away once the battery died. That’s what we have here with this lot.
That’s a big deal. It gives you a much wider range of styles to choose from. And these heads are more convenient to change (a nice feature if you share a brush), and make it easier to keep things clean.
Despite the title of this page, we don’t really believe in monikers like the “best Sonicare.” After all, what’s best for one person may not satisfy the requirements or expectations of another at all. For example:
This page takes you through a comparison of the current Sonicare rechargeable electric toothbrush line up, in an attempt to single out those select models that tend to make a better choice in terms of function and value (are a “best-buy”).
Pursonic is a rather curious brand. Their S520 electric toothbrush is well accepted across all big retail stores in the United States. However, there is very little technical information present, and most of it is found on Amazon, rather than their own website.
I’m not a dental hygienist but from what I gather, there is A LOT of memorizing involved and you’re basically becoming a tooth doctor, learning about the science of the tooth along with studies of different cancers that are often seen in different patients… I believe that going full time in dental hygiene in college will be too much to cram in just 2 years which is why I’m considering going for lesser credits a semester and making the goal for 3 years. They say for every hour in a college class, count on having 3 hours of homework! Go for three years because it’ll allow you to take things in a little slower and you’ll be better prepared for your future job!! Go for it!
As we noted earlier in this guide, brush heads are a matter of personal preference of size, shape, and material. A number of third-party brands make replacement heads for Oral-B toothbrushes that tend to be much cheaper. There are some reports in user reviews that these aftermarket brushes sometimes do not fit or are of a lower quality than branded brushes, and the heads tend to be rated lower. Pay close attention when shopping for brush heads to what is “Oral-B” vs. “Oral-B compatible.”
Sonic technology in electric toothbrushes has become more popular over the years as it provides such great cleaning results. First, it was introduced to the market by Sonicare. Since the first release, the technology, and the brush heads have dramatically advanced. Now they are considered the most advanced toothbrushes on the market. Below you will find the answer. If you’re looking for a Sonicare, you probably want the best Sonicare toothbrush on the market.
This is definitely the best brush for the buck since it uses new click style and have full cleaning power. I wouldn’t consider older Essence model at all due to lack of brushhead choices and difficulty of cleaning. I’m surprised they are still selling them considering Essence+ is out.

I very rarely floss. I know I should, but I don’t do it often. After switching to this brush, dentists have not told me that it looks like I don’t floss anymore! I am NOT saying you can avoid flossing by using this brush, but I take it to mean that it does a way better job than my old manual toothbrush ever did
I highly don’t recommend leaving acids on teeth, however, Vitamin C on the teeth (and in general) can do wonders so you can use the sodium ascorbate (not ascorbic acid) form of vitamin C on your teeth. When making a glass of a gram or two with water, I sometimes swish it all around for a minute or so, a few separate times, before swallowing.
Plaque that accumulates on the inner walls of your arteries is made from various substances that circulate in your blood. These include calcium, fat, cholesterol, cellular waste, and fibrin, a material involved in blood clotting. In response to plaque buildup, cells in your artery walls multiply and secrete additional substances that can worsen the state of clogged arteries.
The Braun 1000 (and Canadian 2000 model) oscillate 8800 times per minute and pulsate 20,000 times per minute. The 3000, 4000, and 5000 models oscillate at the same rate but pulsate at 40,000 per minute. There are some that say that the 40,000 pulsations act similar to Sonicare’s 31,000 micro-vibrating sweeps, that clean beyond where the toothbrush comes in contact with your teeth…by spraying water, toothpaste and saliva between teeth etc. The 20,000 pulsations are theoretically less effective than the 40,000 pulsations in this respect.
If disease is present, secondary prevention may be necessary, the cause of disease should be identified and noted, and the relevant professional movement should be identified and patient instruction for dental plaque control established in an attempt to reinstate a healthy oral condition. Therefore, mechanical and chemical plaque control are involved in this phase. This may be via;
Why: The DiamondClean Smart has some handy sidekicks—its connected app and smart sensor suite. It keeps track of where you brush, where you miss, and where you need to pay more attention. It removes up to 100% more stains in 3 days,** removes up to 10x more plaque* and leaves gums up to 7x healthier in 2 weeks*.
The Sonicare 2 and 3 Series toothbrushes don’t fit that mold. These models were introduced as “cheaper alternatives,” evidently to cover specific price points in the line up. And it seems that their design, as mentioned above, tends to reflect that.
Sonic or ultrasonic toothbrushes vibrate at a high frequency with a small amplitude, and a fluid turbulent activity that aids in plaque removal.[27][28] The rotating type might reduce plaque and gingivitis compared to manual brushing, though it is currently uncertain whether this is of clinical significance.[29] The movements of the bristles and their vibrations help break up chains of bacteria up to 5mm below the gum line.[27] The oscillating-rotating electric toothbrush on the other hand uses the same mechanical action as produced by manual tooth brushing – removing plaque via mechanical disturbance of the biofilm – however at a higher frequency.
Working side-by-side with a dentist, your main concern will be preventative oral health care, cleaning patients’ teeth and educating them about caring for their teeth and gums. You’ll provide advice for the use of the best oral care equipment, and you’ll use a variety of tools to clean and polish teeth, including scrapers, ultrasonic, power and laser devices. You’ll also take and develop X-rays and document your patient’s treatment and new and ongoing issues.
One thing worth pointing out about electric toothbrushes is that they are not cheaper in the long run. Electric toothbrushes cost about 10 times as much as manual toothbrushes, and you have to replace the brush heads at the same frequency (every three months), each for about the same cost as a manual brush. What you get for the higher cost is less friction in achieving good brushing habits, and, according to research, a significant reduction in plaque and gingivitis, even if that reduction may come only from having a brush that encourages good habits, like a full two minutes of brushing for each session.
If you want a powerful, yet gentle, clean, the Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical Pro-Flex Medium Toothbrush is right for you. It offers a superior clean thanks to two flexing sides that adjust to the curves and contours of your teeth. It cleans along the gumline, but is gentle on enamel and sensitive gums. It removes up to 93% of plaque in hard-to-reach areas and up to 34% more plaque along the gumline, ensuring a cleaner mouth and fresher breath. It also reduces gingivitis and removes surface stains, providing a better clean than a traditional manual toothbrush. In fact, it promises to provide better oral health in only two weeks.
Another option that not all sellers and manufacturers like to give is a “money back guarantee”. In case they do offer it, make sure it is at least 1 month after purchase. Also, make sure the shipping and delivery dates are reasonable. You do not want to receive your toothbrush on the 30th day and not have time to claim your money back, in case it does not work or it is not up to your standards.
The other week we put together a buyer’s guide to Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes, this week we have a guide to Sonicare toothbrushes. We’re going to navigate through all the Sonicare toothbrushes and brush heads and talk about their features (highlighting the unique ones) and prices to see which have the most to offer.
It is tartar that you can see on the outside of teeth, in the form of yellow or white patches. It is usually removed by a dentist, because it is quite tough and sticks fast to enamel. If left untreated, tarter build ups can lead to bad breath and a general staining of the teeth. The enamel will take on a yellow colour and the patient may grow self-conscious very quickly. The good news is that a simple trip to the dentist can fix the problem.
The demand for dental services will increase as the population ages. As the large baby-boom population ages and people keep more of their original teeth than did previous generations, the need to maintain and treat teeth will continue to drive demand for dental care.
First off, I did a bunch of research for myself to compare OralB vs Sonicare and found that they were mostly comparable, when the user was properly “trained”. The biggest issue I found (and my own non-parent dentist can confirm) was that the small/round head caused more problems for patients, as they didn’t know how to use it “well”. In other words, the small head required different operation than the traditional “long” head style… as confirmed by studies (I can’t find this one at the moment) and my dentist.
Before signing up for classes, you will want to meet with an academic advisor.  Together you will lay out a program and career path that suits you best.  This step is essential to your academic success.

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The other problem with the Cochrane report is that though it’s conducted by a nonprofit, it includes in its survey studies that are conducted by companies testing their own toothbrush products. Unsurprisingly, we’ve never found a study published by P&G’s Oral-B that has found its electric toothbrushes inferior to another brand; the same goes for Philips’s Sonicare. This doesn’t necessarily apply to every study, but it applies to a gross majority of the toothbrush research available. But caveats about biased research aside, scientists do consistently find that an electric toothbrush is significantly better at removing plaque and reducing gingivitis in the average person’s mouth.
Mouthwash kills the germs in your mouth, so it seems logical that it could kill those germs on your toothbrush too! Just soak your toothbrush bristles in mouthwash for several minutes, then rinse thoroughly with hot water. (thanks Rachel)
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Connect your brush head to the Aura Clean brush handle and dampen it. Apply a small amount of toothpaste to the brush head, gently place the toothbrush bristles against your teeth at a slight angle towards your gum line, and press the Power button. To change from the default Super Clean Mode to Sensitive Clean Mode, press the smaller button below Power once. (You’ll also notice the LED mode indicators below the Mode Selector button.) Using the map included with your instruction manual, brush each quadrant by slowly holding the brush head against each tooth for a few seconds before moving to the next one, letting the bristles do the work; when the Aura Clean pauses, it’s time to move to the next quadrant. When the brush shuts off, rinse your brush of any remaining toothpaste and dock in the Aura Clean Base Station.
Philips Sonicare reminder bristles are designed to give you a visual indication of this microscopic breakdown, letting you know when it’s time to replace your brush head. If you use your brush head twice a day for the full two minutes, it needs to be replaced every three months.
The difference in reality, to a great degree at least, comes down to complexities of testing and probably also a fear from manufacturers of not being sued. How do you prove 100% eradication of all types of bacteria? That means you have to have tests that reliably cover all possible forms! Which is totally impractical. So in real life a 99% reduction is of course perfectly fine and is exactly what we’re looking for. It’s possible these products could be ‘sterilizing’ your toothbrush – you just won’t find manufacturers claiming it is.
Online reviews – We looked at other peoples’ reviews for two reasons. First, to determine more or less what consumers think about the product. Second, to determine how many of the Amazon reviewers were genuine and how many received a product in return. This is important to us because it speaks about the integrity of the brand and the product. There are Amazon reviewers who make a living by leaving positive reviews for a variety of brands and we know how to spot them.
In their earlier work, the researchers showed how certain mechanisms regulated by vitamin D3 help clear amyloid-beta, the abnormal protein found in sticky plaques that clog up the important communication space between brain cells in people with Alzheimer’s.
Most dental hygienists earn an associate’s degree, which takes about two years to complete. Your schooling will include time in the classroom and lab as well as a period of clinical experience. The latter is necessary to give you real-world experience before you embark on your career.
We also looked at reviews from popular American stores, such as Target and Walmart. These stores are good because they allow consumers to freely express their opinion and return merchandise if it is not up to their standards.
Keep your toothbrush away from the toilet. Most people will often place their brushes by the toilet. It has been found that some bacteria become airborne during flushing. You don’t want that on your brush!
You see, saliva is very mineral rich to help remineralize any surface decay on our teeth.  Since the lower front teeth come into contact with this rich source of minerals first, some of the minerals are deposited there first.

The Australian Healthcare and Hospital Association’s (AHHA) most recent evidence brief [5]) suggests that dental check-ups should be conducted once every 3 years for adults, and 1 every 2 years for children. It has been documented that dental professionals frequently advise for more frequent visits, but this advice is contraindicated by evidence suggesting that check up frequency should be based on individual risk factors, or the AHHA’s check-up schedule. Professional cleaning includes tooth scaling, tooth polishing, and, if tartar has accumulated, debridement; this is usually followed by a fluoride treatment. However, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) stated in 1998 that there is no evidence that scaling and polishing only above the gums provides therapeutic value, and cleaning should be done under the gums as well.[6] The Cochrane Oral Health Group found only three studies meeting the criteria for inclusion in their study and found little evidence in them to support claims of benefits from supragingival (above the gum) tooth scaling or tooth polishing.[7]
Like when you’re cleaning your teeth manually, these sonic toothbrushes clean your teeth using a sweeping motion, although you can expect more movement than you’d get with most of the standard toothbrushes. The bacteria and the plaque is brushed away from your teeth and your gum line so that you can enjoy clean teeth, however you will still have to ensure that you use plenty of mouthwash afterwards to get the loosened bacteria out of your mouth.
Oil pulling is an age-old practice that supports oral health and helps remove plaque from teeth. Extra-virgin coconut oil is great for oil pulling because it is high in lauric acid that has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects.
G3 Premium Gum Care – $12.25 – This is another BrushSync head. This one is designed with soft, flexible bristles on its side that adapt to gum contours. It comes in Standard size only. Bristle stiffness = soft.
Greater Goods’s Sonic Electric Toothbrush costs less than any brush we’ve considered so far. However, the replacement heads come in only one style. And though heads are about half the price of those that accompany our top pick, I found myself needing to replace them in about half the time (the bristles got smashed down), virtually negating the long-term savings for this brush.
The Dental Hygienist Course in India is a full-time 2-year diploma course. The Dental Hygienist course is regulated and controlled by the Dental Council of India. After completion of the course a dental hygienist should be register with a state dental council. Any person who is a registered dental hygienist in a one state may practice as such in any other. The Federation of Indian Dental Hygienists Association (FIDHA)is the primary national body representing the dental hygienist profession in India, however some state dental hygienist associations also work at state level. In India, dental hygienists do not need to be employed by a dentist but can have their own clinic.
Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. If it is electric, replace the head every three to four months. Do so sooner if you notice the bristles are bent or fraying, or if colored bristles are fading.[15]
When I was a kid, my mom would stick the end of the thermometer under my tongue and tell me to gently close my mouth.  The image is having my lower jaw stuck forward a bit and a thermometer angled up and out of my mouth.
You should ensure that you only buy authentic and genuine Sonicare brush heads for your toothbrush so that you can be sure that the bristles will be effective at cleaning your teeth and so that the brush head will not have any impact on the sonic action from the brush handle itself.
Hi William. We encourage you to visit our Dental Hygiene program page at http://carrington.edu/degrees/dental-hygiene/ to learn more about career outlook, employment options, what students in the program learn and so much more. If you have any other questions, give us a call at 1-855-289-2171.
In short, you get the brush head, these work very well! Only less money. I would recommend these for the compatible Sonicare toothbrush. Thanks to this, I don’t have to buy expensive official brush head products anymore.
Electric toothbrushes come in two different styles — oscillating or sonic. There’s debate about which type offers a better clean for your teeth, but it turns out choosing a style largely depends on comfort and personal preference.
Until now, I have been dental flossing, then using a dental irrigator to clean the gum line, then wiped the surface of my teeth with a soft cotton cloth. This really kept my teeth clean, but I am new to your website – maybe it wasn’t good for my teeth. I don’t know…

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Jump up ^ Duyck J, Vandamme K, Krausch-Hofmann S, Boon L, De Keersmaecker K, Jalon E, et al. “Impact of denture cleaning method and overnight storage condition on denture biofilm mass and composition: a cross-over randomized clinical trial.” PLoS ONE. 2016;11(1):e0145837.
Dental hygienists work primarily in dentist’s offices, removing plaque and tartar from the teeth of patients. Dental hygienists also take X-rays, apply fluoride and sealants to patient’s teeth, and instruct patients about how to care for their teeth. Most hygienists have an associate degree in dental hygiene, and must become licensed before obtaining work.
This phase is continuous throughout treatment, allowing the dental professional along with the patient to monitor the patients oral health status and assists in recognizing the need for change or amendment to the previously formulated treatment plan, according to the patients specific needs.[8] Treatment is monitored using accurate periodontal charting and clinical observation of hard and soft tissues by the dental professional. The results of the periodontal charting and clinical observation dictates what follows the non-surgical periodontal phase. The three generalised outcomes that may result are essentially;
I went ahead and fixed the brush-head by separating the plate from the base of the head, and the magnets – from the plate, and gluing them with superglue, and now the brush is working just fine. But why should one have to do that?
This older Oral-B model is still available and still being manufactured. Thus, it comes with a two-year warranty and is about 4 times cheaper than Oral-B’s high tech 7000, 8000 and 9000 series. If you are looking to stay under $60, but still want an electric toothbrush, we highly recommend the Pro 1000 series.
And you can expect our best gum care too. DiamondClean Smart is clinically proven to deliver up to 100% less gum inflammation* – just click on the Premium Gum Care brush head for gentle, targeted cleaning along the gum line.
Most of the current higher-end Sonicares either are or were top-of-the-line models, or at least introduced some new brushing feature. There seemed to be a natural migration of models on down the Sonicare line up as each successive newer one was introduced.
Brushing modes: Different brushing modes — like teeth whitening, gum massaging, and pro-cleaning — change the number of oscillations or vibrations per minute. However, we couldn’t find concrete evidence that these different modes were doing what they promised. In contrast, studies show that simply brushing for two minutes with proper technique, using effective toothpaste, and flossing will live up to the promise of better dental health.
In the past 8 years, at least 4 times I had SCALING done due to repeated depositioning of ugly brown layer especially in the interior areas of teeth because of smoking of Indian Bidi. This not only increased gap between each tooth but also lead to unbearable sensitivity.
The longer that plaque stays on the tooth surface, the harder and more attached to the tooth it becomes. That is when it is referred to as calculus and needs to be removed by a dental professional.[1] If this is not treated, the inflammation will lead to the bone loss and will eventually lead to the affected teeth becoming loose.[13]
If not, it can get worse, to the point where pockets form between the gums and teeth and get infected by bacteria. That’s called periodontitis. Your immune system sends chemicals to fight back and they mix with bacteria and the stuff it puts out. The resulting stew can damage the bones and tissues that hold your teeth in place. Also, some studies link the bacteria in gum disease to heart disease and other health problems.
The colors in this pack of three toothbrushes will vary. This has been tested and evaluated by dental professionals and is commonly recommended by dental health professionals, like The Dental Insider. It also has outstanding reviews online.
Make a homemade toothpaste. If you prefer to stay away from the array of chemicals found in most store-bought toothpastes, it is possible to make your own plaque-busting natural version, using just a few simple ingredients. Combine 1/2 cup of coconut oil with 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 little packets of stevia powder and 20 drops of your chosen essential oil, such as peppermint or cinnamon. Store your homemade toothpaste in a small glass jar and use just like regular toothpaste.[8]
If a subscription service will help you replace your brush heads regularly, Goby has all the features we look for in a brush: a 30-second quadrant timer that stops after two minutes and a rechargeable battery. The Goby has only one type of brush head available (rotating), so if you like to customize your brush this service may not be for you.

^ Jump up to: a b Lee, D., & Moon, I. (2011). The plaque-removing efficacy of a single-tufted brush on the lingual and buccal surfaces of the molars. Journal of Periodontal & Implant Science, 41(3), 131. https://dx.doi.org/10.5051/jpis.2011.41.3.131
The technique is crucial to the effectiveness of tooth brushing and disease prevention.[26] Back and forth brushing is not effective in removing plaque at the gum line. Tooth brushing should employ a systematic approach, angle the bristles at a 45-degree angle towards the gums, and make small circular motions at that angle.[26] This action increases the effectiveness of the technique in removing plaque at the gum line.
Dentures should be taken out at night, as leaving them in whilst sleeping has been linked to poor oral health. Leaving a denture in during sleep reduces the protective cleansing and antibacterial properties of saliva against Candida albicans (oral thrush) and denture stomatitis; the inflammation and redness of the oral mucosa underneath the denture.[53] For the elderly, wearing a denture during sleep has been proven to greatly increase the risk of pneumonia.[53]
All dental hygienists in the United States must be licensed by the state in which they practice, after completing a minimum of two years of school and passing a written board known as the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination as well as a clinical board exam. After completing these exams and licenses, dental hygienists may use “R.D.H” after their names to signify that they are a registered dental hygienist.[32][33] Dental hygienists also have to become licensed in the state in which they intend to practice. State licensure requirements vary, however most states require an associate degree in Dental Hygiene, successful completion of a state licensure examination, as well as a clinical examination also typically administered by the state.
Motor-powered toothbrushes with 30,000+ brush strokes per minute will save you time. They will truly clean the visible parts of the teeth, as well as between teeth that are not tightly squeezed. Where they will fail, however, is reaching the deep and dark parts of teeth that are very close to each other.
Counter oscillating – Is the last type of electric cleaning motion that toothbrushes come equipped with. The idea of this design is to allow each tuft of bristles to rotate in the opposite way of its neighbor. For instance, while one tuft may be rotating clockwise, its neighboring tufts could be going in a counter-clockwise direction.
Hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean your bathroom counters, used as a mouthwash, and even used to disinfect your toothbrush. Just soak toothbrush bristles in hydrogen peroxide for several minutes, then rinse thoroughly with hot water. (thanks Becca and Tara!)
It has Clean mode (the one we feel is most important to have), and has the added flexibility of 3 brushing “intensities” (high intensity being the one we would use). It seems likely that the 3 Series is intended to replace the EasyClean in the Sonicare line up.
Although it’s not necessary to work as a dental hygienist, a graduate degree in the field can propel you into careers in education, leadership, advocacy and administration. Dental hygienists with advanced dental hygienist schooling often go on to work as:
Dental hygienists work together with other dental professionals, with a higher number working at general practices with Dentists, dental therapists and oral health therapists. A smaller number work at specialist practices alongside orthodontists and periodontists. They help with the contribution of an interdisciplinary approach, aiming to provide optimum oral health care to their patients. Dental hygienists also aim to work inter-professionally to provide holistic oral health care in the best interest of their patient. Dental hygienists also offer expertise in their field and can provide a dental hygiene diagnosis, which is an integral component of the comprehensive dental diagnosis.[7]
I’m a dental hygienist and have worked in areas volunteering including in shelters where people cannot afford “regular” dental visits. But please please do not run anything acidic on your teeth and leave it there for it to scientifically proven eat away at your teeth. Baking soda does have a toothpaste but large amounts causes microabrasions in the teeth, potentially causing tooth damage and increased staining. Light toothbrushing half on the tooth half on the gums with a basic fluoridated toothpaste , floss, and listerine mouth rinse will do the tricks. These are scientifically proven recommendations. Tartar builds up from increased minerals in the saliva, it’s natural but it also builds up underneath the gums which staying there for years can cause bone loss and infection in the body. Try to go if you can save up the 120 cleaning at least once a year, and if not do your best but be careful wielding sharp picks in your mouth it took me three years of school to learn that skill 😉
At minimum a concern involving the possibility of repair would be if the water-tight nature of the brush is compromised. If so, it’s only a matter of time until internal problems develop. We would think Sonicare customer service would be the right place to start with your issue.
There may well be one better suited to you, which you can decide upon based on the information provided below. We explain all the different Philips Sonicare Sonic brush heads in detail on this page and make it easier for you to understand which brush head to opt for.
Suitable for all brush handles from Sonicare with the exception of PowerUP Battery and Essence, the ProResults can deliver over 31,000 brush strokes per minute on the appropriate cleaning mode, achieving the maximum cleaning effectiveness.
Cleaning your teeth properly twice a day for 2 minutes each time is the most important part here.  Our full guide explains how to brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush as a poor teeth cleaning approach is more damaging than the incorrect brush head. The reality is each brush head can just give that extra bit of focus in achieving and assisting oral health care goals.
Aside from these older tests, we didn’t find any independently conducted research that both draws the conclusion that one model or type is better than another and explains the process and results. And none of our experts differentiated between the plaque removal ability in any of the types or models of brushes available.
Take extra precautions if you have a compromised immune system or are particularly susceptible to illness. Even trace amounts of bacteria can be dangerous for those with compromised immune systems, so keeping your toothbrush disinfected is advisable.[19]
Well hate to break it to you but it does NOT work!! Dental schools are reduced fees to benefit the students and YOU, it is not the 25th caller it is anyone who cares enough to want good oral health which also increases good overall health. PleAse think before you believe some nonsense you read on the Internet.
All of these models come with superfluous brushing modes. Some offer convenient but redundant charging options. If you want the option of using a brushing app, that’s available with some of them. One model even comes with an (unneeded, see below) UV brush head sanitizer.
Dental hygienists traditionally provide preventive and therapeutic oral health care to patients in a dentist supervised work setting. Employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through year 2018.
A 2008 study published in The Journal of Clinical Dentistry analyzed five clinical studies and concluded that baking soda paste or powder can more efficiently remove plaque than non-baking soda products.
Correct teeth brushing remains essential to a good oral health. Unfortunately, many of us rush through this exercise in order to get it done. This way a lot of destructive bacteria remains and slowly causes the formation of plaque and eventually tooth decay.
Design and features: We asked our testers to try the features of their toothbrushes to see which actually encouraged better brushing technique and which were all hype. For instance, the different brushing modes on the Jim Ellis seemed to differ mostly in sound. Our testers for other toothbrushes agreed that differences in brushing modes felt negligible and unnecessary. Some offered features that our testers found helpful, like how the Philips Sonicare 2 Series automatically shuts off after the two-minute timer to prevent over-brushing. Oral-B models will pulse to let you know your time is up, but they don’t turn off. Which means, if you miss the vibration, you can accidentally over-brush and damage your teeth and gums.
Rechargeable battery: A rechargeable battery saves you the cost of replacing traditional batteries during an electric toothbrush’s lifespan — at least 3 years. In addition, it decreases the risk of a dead toothbrush and the loss of electric brushing’s benefits. Most electric toothbrushes offer a rechargeable battery that lasts, on average, two weeks per charge.
Tartar control toothpaste. There are specialized toothpastes on the market that are specifically designed to control tartar buildup. Some of them also contain triclosan, an antibiotic that can kill off cavity-causing bacteria.
The Oral-B Pro 3000 3D White Smart Series is another smart brush. The least expensive of all Bluetooth models we’ve considered, this brush is part of the Oral-B line of electric toothbrushes that have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. It is similar to our top pick in form and function, except it has three cleaning modes (two more than necessary), and connects to an app via Bluetooth. It’s also twice the price. Though this model does not offer position detection, it stores brushing time and pressure data from the 30 most recent brushing sessions, which you can sync to the app later, should you prefer not to bring your phone or tablet into the bathroom every time you clean your mouth. If you find reviewing your basic brushing performance motivational, and would rather not need an app or pen and paper handy each time you brush, consider the Pro 3000 Smart Series.
The Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush is a top notch toothbrush by Philips. It’s the most advanced and the top rated Sonicare toothbrush with a very stylish design that would appeal to any gadget lover. For different preferences, it’s available in black and white colors.
How long should one of these last – not the heads, but the handle/charger combo? The article says that the power might decrease over time as the rechargeable battery deteriorates, but I didn’t see any estimate of a general lifespan.
Rinse your mouth with baking soda mixed with warm water afterwards. Also, you can use the same procedure with other food that contains vitamin C, like bell peppers, berries, lemons, lime, oranges and papaya.
At about 4.5 ounces, the Philips Sonicare 2 is easy to use and comfortable to hold. It arrived with a bit of a charge, but the manufacturer still recommends an overnight charge before use. Fully charged, it will run for two weeks. As with most of its rivals, its warranty lasts two years. While there are many brush heads in the Philips range, only one comes with the Sonicare 2. Blue “reminder bristles” change to white as they wear down. This color change serves as a reminder to replace the head, and we think it’s an excellent feature.
Strawberries and tomatoes have good quantities of vitamin C which is excellent for oral health. Rub these fruits directly onto your teeth and let sit for 5 minutes, this will soften any tartar build-up. Then rinse your mouth with baking soda mixed with warm water to remove plaque, leaving you with super-clean pearly whites. You can also use other vitamin C rich foods like bell peppers, berries, lemons, papaya, oranges, and lime in the same way. Do this about 2-3 times per week to remove plaque buildup that occurs through everyday eating.

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Smoking is one of the leading risk factors associated with periodontal diseases.[45][46] It is thought that smoking impairs and alters normal immune responses, eliciting destructive processes while inhibiting reparative responses promoting the incidence and development of periodontal diseases.[47]
Counter oscillating – Is the last type of electric cleaning motion that toothbrushes come equipped with. The idea of this design is to allow each tuft of bristles to rotate in the opposite way of its neighbor. For instance, while one tuft may be rotating clockwise, its neighboring tufts could be going in a counter-clockwise direction.
There is a really easy and clever way to check if you have a plaque build-up on your teeth. Take some food colouring – just the regular stuff found in supermarkets – and add it to a teaspoon of water. You can use this mini mixture as a plaque highlighting solution. However, you are advised to rub a little petroleum jelly on your lips first to avoid stains. You only need to gargle with the food colouring and then spit it out. You should be left with light patches of colour where the most stubborn plaque accumulations are; concentrate brushing here.

When you buy a sonicare toothbrush, it will usually feature a timer function. This time will ensure that you clean your teeth for the appropriate length of time. At each quarterly interval, the toothbrush well signal to you that’s it is at their quarter way mark. This will be an indication to you so that you can move on to the next quadrant of your mouth. The timer function allows you to spread your tooth brushing time out across the whole of your mouth evenly.
Capable of removing up to 10 times more plaque than a manual brush, whilst achieving 2 times more surface contact, the Gum Care brush head makes use of all the sonic vibrations passed out by the brush handles motor.  It whips toothpaste into bubble and drives them deep between your teeth and along the gumline for gentle and effective cleaning.
For example, have you ever hit an object with a baseball bat, or a hammer, and had it be surprisingly painful when the impulse was transmitted back to your hand through the handle? In a case like that, the movement in the handle is almost nothing but its particular frequency and amplitude is enough to transmit energy effectively. Tool manufacturers go to some effort to diminish these feedbacks.
Store your toothbrush upright. This allows water to drain from the bristles. It also keeps them away from bacteria that grows in even trace amounts of water. If you store your toothbrush in a container like a cup, you may have noticed that scum collects at the bottom. If you store your toothbrush on its side or with the brush facing down, it will be lying in that scum.[3]
Being equipped with a NiMH battery, the overall life expectancy of this toothbrush is over 2 years. In case it breaks down within that period of time, Philips will replace it. When we tested this model with its battery fully charged, it lasted 15 days. We used it twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. On the 15th day, the battery died during the evening brush. It still performed quite alright during the morning brushing activity.
“Of course something this size isn’t gonna be as powerful as a full-size Sonicare or Oral-B electric toothbrush, but this is awesome and much better than a nonelectric travel toothbrush. The design is great — love that you can’t accidentally turn it on in your purse. Also love that it came with a triple-A battery and an extra brush head. Would buy again and would highly recommend!”
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Jump up ^ Boner, B. C., Clarkson, J. E., Dobbyn, L., Khanna, S. (2011). “Slow-release fluoride dental devices for the control of dental decay” (Cochrane Review Abstract). Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene, 45(1), p.21. doi: 10.1002/14651858.cd005101.pub2.
Thank you for the time you took to research and write this article. You answered every question I had and would have taken me hours to research on my own. I now know what I need and more importantly what I don’t need. Thanks again for all your help.
Using electric tooth brushes is less complex in regards to brushing technique, making it a viable option for children, and adults with limited dexterity. The bristle head should be guided from tooth to tooth slowly, following the contour of the gums and crowns of the tooth.[26] The motion of the toothbrush head removes the need to manually oscillate the brush or make circles.
Sonicare for kids – if you are looking for a toothbrush for children, then the Sonicare for kid’s toothbrush is a great choice. It comes with decorative stickers that can be placed onto the body of the toothbrush if you wish and it also has our brushing time that has a sound that plays when the time is up. Is also has a quad pace that type function to indicates your child when they have been brushing their teeth for the correct amount of time and move onto the next quarter of their mouth. This kids model has Bluetooth connectivity so that you can connect it to an app on your smartphone. This allows you to track how well your child is brushing his or her teeth and lets you help your child to improve their brushing technique. This toothbrush comes with replaceable brush heads so that you can change them when they have been used for a couple of months.
1 Newton is roughly the amount of force that a object weighing 1/5 lbs. places on the surface it is resting on, such as the palm of your hand. (A smallish apple is often given as an example of something that weighs about one-fifth of a pound.)
This brush head simply clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning and is compatible with all Sonicare brushes with the exception of PowerUp Battery and Essence models.
1998 – Registered dental hygienist in alternative practice (RDHAP): RDHAPs may provide services for homebound persons or at residential facilities, schools, institutions and in dental health professional shortage areas without the supervision of a dentist. RDHAPs can provide patient care for up to 18 months and longer if the patient obtains a prescription for additional oral treatment from a dentist or physician .[39]
Activated charcoal is a natural way to remove tartar and plaque it uses can date back to over 3000 year, long before we had toothpaste to brush our teeth. It has a number of medical uses such as removing poison and toxins from our body ,whitening teeth getting rid of bad breath  and removing tartar which we will be looking at.
I used a couple tubes of whitening toothpaste way back then and it had no effect. Once I switched to a Sonicare powered toothbrush using these brush heads, I saw my teeth get a couple of shades whiter
We’ve been using an electric toothbrush for years, and like the way they work and how thorough they clean our teeth. The only negative is that the replacement brushes are ridiculously expensive. I tried a generic brand, but they didn’t last very long. Additionally, I’ve never thought about those germs collecting on the brush as it sat exposed in our bathroom, so this idea from TAO perked my interest. It uses Ultraviolet-C rays to kill almost all the germs that accumulate.
So, I bought the Oral-B. I have used the app, and while it has some annoyances, the ability to track my toothbrushing habits is cool. I am a tech nerd after all. Reminders for flossing and mouthwash are on by default, but you can disable them. A suction mount to hold your phone on your bathroom mirror is included. I also like that you can setup the app to automatically order replacement brush heads through Amazon when the one you’re using at the end of its life. I found the overall noise to be more than tolerable, but there’s also usually music playing in my home no matter the hour.
As discussed above, it’s only realistic to assume that with increased cost comes a higher build quality. But considering the planned-obsolescence, disposable nature of this type of product (for example, battery failure generally equates with toothbrush death), we’ve decided that to us the line delineating what makes a reasonable purchase or not, lies below these models.
The “ad hominem attack” is yours, claiming I said “it feels cleaner to me” when I said no such thing. My checkups are better, as I suspected they might be from the way my teeth felt. But I don’t use “it feels cleaner to me” as evidence, nor do I offer it as such.
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Students interested in becoming dental hygienists have two primary degree options. A 2-year degree is the most common degree pursued by aspiring dental hygienists, but bachelor’s degree programs are available as well. Students can expect to learn about proper oral hygiene, cleaning techniques, and conditions like gum disease. At both levels of study, students will participate in field experiences at local dental clinics or offices. Some schools offer programs or courses online.
In the past 8 years, at least 4 times I had SCALING done due to repeated depositioning of ugly brown layer especially in the interior areas of teeth because of smoking of Indian Bidi. This not only increased gap between each tooth but also lead to unbearable sensitivity.
That being said, I’m replacing it, and I may be switching to a Sonicare with some of those unnecessary features simply because I have certain issues that weren’t addressed. We have really hard water where I live. My brush is permanently discolored. I can’t remove the buildup from parts of it or the charging base. This stuff can’t be good for my teeth. I don’t want to buy a container for a five-year-old toothbrush that’s already caked with calcium and limescale.
Also, some of the dental hygeneists here offering advice are clearly close-minded and ignorant and are just regurgitating what their text-books told them…”Indoctrinate yourself with this text book, don’t use any critical thinking and don’t question, pass these tests, now we’ll give you a certification paper and you’ll be payed well and have a intellectual sounding title for your job/career”. WAKE UP! These are the same sort of mindless zombies who probably think big-agro and big-pharma companies (eg. Monsanto, Merck, Pfizer) are moral companies with the health of others as their interest which couldn’t be further from the truth (their interests are profits, power, and poison).
Hi I went to school for dental assisting and hate it! My dream job is to become a hygienist and assisting is just a foot in the door, but all these negative comments has me thinking. Should I go for hygiene school or not? I really want to tho!
It has Clean mode (the one we feel is most important to have), and has the added flexibility of 3 brushing “intensities” (high intensity being the one we would use). It seems likely that the 3 Series is intended to replace the EasyClean in the Sonicare line up.
I’m not a chemist so I’m not sure how much baking soda would be required to cancel out the effectiveness of the vinegar but since my recipe calls for just 2 tsp of baking soda there’s probably still enough vinegar left to do some disinfecting. The baking soda addition does add the bubbles which can assist is removing grime from the toothbrush. If someone is really, really concerned about maximizing the disinfecting aspect of the mixture, they could simply place them in the vinegar first and then add the baking soda later. This works for us and our family. We are rarely sick and have had no problems at all. There was a study put out by the University of Florida saying that the mixture was an effective cleaning agent but I can’t seem to find it anymore. Thanks for your comment, Serena.
THANK YOU. So bottom line it seems like the Series 3 may have one lower intensity than the Healthy White…..how low still don’t know but seems like the sens on the Healthy White compares to med on Series 3.
The other week we put together a buyer’s guide to Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes, this week we have a guide to Sonicare toothbrushes. We’re going to navigate through all the Sonicare toothbrushes and brush heads and talk about their features (highlighting the unique ones) and prices to see which have the most to offer.
There is no dark magic and wizardly spells surrounding these vibrating and rotating toothbrushes. They are rather simple devices powered by a small motor that makes motions at sonic speed. The purpose of these electric gadgets is to help clean teeth by using rapid and automatic bristle motions.
Dual Head – refers to electric toothbrushes that have incorporated the rotating function, as well as the side-to-side movement function. As you can see in the image below, each head is responsible for a different motion. This design is advertised as more efficient in terms of plaque removal. However, users have complained that the size of the head makes cleaning more difficult.
The Oral-B 3D White replacement electric toothbrush head features a specially designed polishing cup to help remove surface stains while bristles clean away plaque, making it ideal for advanced cleaning and whitening.
Jump up ^ Strydonck DA, Slot DE, Velden U, Weijden F. “Effect of a chlorhexidine mouthrinse on plaque, gingival inflammation and staining in gingivitis patients: a systematic review.” Journal of Clinical Periodontology. 2012;39(11):1042–1055.
Guys please decide for yourselves ,,,,, for all those saying that people did not have regular dental visits a century ago, should also know that those people had different eating habits too they were not consuming as much ice creams, soft drinks, chocolates either
Therefore if you own the Sonicare, 2 Series plaque defence, 3 Series gum health, DiamondClean, EasyClean, FlexCare, FlexCare Platinum, FlexCare+, for Kids or HealthyWhite any of the following brush heads can be used.
We switched the whole family from manual to the Sonicare brushes maybe a year ago and saw a pretty radical improvement in gum health. It’s impossible to tell how much of that came from the switch to electric and how much might be attributable to the type, but the subjective feeling of cleanliness with the Sonicare was remarkably different from other electrics I’ve tried in the past.

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Currently, there is no research that supports the notion that more settings and modes provide a better cleaning. However, it is a good enough reason for manufacturers to offer such toothbrushes at a higher price.
The easiest way to remove plaque is to brush your teeth at least twice per day. You should use a soft toothbrush that you replace at least every three to four months, when the bristles begin to fray. You could also consider using an electric toothbrush, which can be more effective at removing plaque than a traditional toothbrush.
Of course, the big question is, how well does it clean teeth? Very well apparently! My teeth were noticeably whiter after 1 week using only the standard cross action head. I will likely try the whitening head at some point in accordance with the whitening program in the app. The brush head has visible movement, in contrast with the Sonicare which has more movements, but they are smaller movements, and only linear movements.
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Interdental brushes come in a range of color-coded sizes. They consist of a handle with a piece of wire covered in tapered bristles, designed to be placed into the interdental space for plaque removal.[1] Studies indicate that interdental brushes are equally or more effective then floss when removing plaque and reducing gum inflammation.[1]
I finally decided to board the Sonicare train and thought I just have to go to Amazon, click on “Sonicare”, and buy one. Who knew there were so many different models? I despaired of ever figuring out which ones had which features until I found this site. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Bookmarking the page so I can send other people to it when they have questions.
This entire page is about trying to identify the cheapest Sonicare that can meet the brusher’s needs, in part precisely for the reason you state. In todays world of lowest-possible-cost construction and plannned obsolescence, spending hundreds of dollars for an electric toothbrush seems a questionable act (no matter the brand). And at least with a cheaper brush there’s a chance you can replace it and still stay within the same budget.
Regular dental appointments are also critical in preventing additional plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. Your dentist will scrape and clean your teeth so they’re free of plaque and tartar. They may also perform a fluoride treatment, which can prevent and slow the growth of plaque bacteria and buildup of tartar on your teeth. This helps prevent tooth decay.
The war on battery life is important because there are still some big gaps between leading manufacturers. There are certain toothbrushes that take 24 hours to charge fully, while others take 12 hours. Once fully charged some devices can last up to six weeks when used twice a day. In comparison, there are still devices that will not last half of that time.
You can also control tartar and plaque build-up with a hydrogen peroxide based mouthwash or cleanser. If you cannot find this type of product in your local pharmacy, it is pretty easy to knock a batch together yourself. Just take one tablespoon of antiseptic mouthwash and add three tablespoons of (3% only) hydrogen peroxide solution. You must make sure that the substance you use is of a suitable concentration or you could damage your teeth.
High strokes per minute: Electric toothbrushes can move as rapidly as 40,000 strokes per minute. While higher stroke numbers can make an electric toothbrush more effective than a manual brush, Dr. Friedman explained “at some point, extra brushstrokes aren’t really adding any benefits. [Around] 8,000 brushstrokes is enough to achieve the maximum level of plaque removal.” In simple terms, higher numbers look nice, but moving from 8,000 (oscillating) to 31,000 or 40,000 (sonic) brushstrokes won’t really have an effect on your teeth and gums.
Dental hygiene across Canada is a well-respected career with many opportunities. These possibilities include working in clinical, administration, education, research and public health positions. The wages vary throughout the country; from approximately $32 per hour in some areas to as high as $55 per hour in others. A surplus of new dental hygiene graduates in recent years has resulted in a decrease in wages in some regions.[citation needed]
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The toothbrush has five modes – Gum Care, Deep Clean, Clean, White and Sensitive, in order of strongest to weakest. Gum Care, the strongest mode, can be as loud as 78-80 db, just loud enough to be heard through a wall. To switch modes, you have to have the toothbrush running, which we found inconvenient.
Jump up ^ Palmer, R. M., Wilson, R. F., Hasan, A. S., & Scott, D. A. (2005). Mechanisms of action of environmental factors – tobacco smoking. Journal of Clinical Periodontology J Clin Periodontol, 32(S6), 180-195. doi:10.1111/j.1600-051x.2005.00786.x
An electric toothbrush certainly sounds appealing, but amid all the noise of manufacturer promises, how do you know which features are actually worthwhile? We asked our dental experts what a good electric toothbrush should offer. They all agreed that first and foremost, it should encourage you to improve your brushing habits. That means the best should include features, like a two-minute timer (more on this later), that have an actual impact on your brushing technique as well as easy maneuverability for those hard to reach areas.
This is the first and only toothbrush with individual Pro-Flex sides. These Pro-Flex sides adjust to the unique contours of your teeth and gums to remove more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush*. The brush’s flexibility helps Clinical Pro-Flex deliver an outstanding, gentle clean.
This category seems ripe for disruption. The cheapest brushes on this list are $5 to $6 each? Those brushes can’t cost more than 50 cents to manufacture, and probably a lot less. Seems like an enormous waste of money to me.
“My favorite toothbrush is, by far, the Sonicare toothbrush,” says Laurence Grayhills, president-elect of the Florida Acadamy of General Dentistry in Wellington, Florida. “It oscillates back and forth at a frequency of about 20,000 cycles per second (that’s faster than I can do with my hand and manual toothbrush). While most toothbrushes require mechanical contact with the tooth surface to remove plaque, the Sonicare operates at such a high frequency that it creates a cavitational force that blasts plaque off the teeth without actually touching the tooth. There are a variety of brush-heads for various applications, which increases the versatility of the device. It has a built-in quadrant timer so that people use the device for the recommended brushing time.” 
All Oral-B rechargeable models – A comprehensive review of the features/prices of all of the current Oral-b rechargeable models. Some comparisons between each of the individual toothbrush lines are made.
Dental Hygienists’ Association of Australia Inc. (2014). “What is a Dental Hygienist?” Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20140517155026/http://www.dhaa.info/information-1/information-brochure/
Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood rich in oxygen throughout your body. They go to your brain as well as to the tips of your toes. Healthy arteries have smooth inner walls and blood flows through them easily. Some people, however, develop clogged arteries. Clogged arteries result from a buildup of a substance called plaque on the inner walls of the arteries. Arterial plaque can reduce blood flow or, in some instances, block it altogether.
A dental scraper (or pick) is essentially the same kind of device that your dentist uses to coax the tartar from your teeth during intensive cleaning. You can buy these in pharmacies and drugstores. They are long and thin, with a hooked metal end. In fact, they can look a little daunting, but scraping should never be painful. Take your pick, stand in a well-lit room, with a mirror and gently scrape at the white patches of tartar.

According to the American Dental Association, no commercial products can sterilize a toothbrush and it’s not necessary. The ADA notes, “There is insufficient clinical evidence to support that bacterial growth on toothbrushes will lead to specific adverse oral or systemic health effects.”
I don’t see any indication in the discussion as to the multi-voltage capabilities of the chargers associated with the rated items. I think that that is a vital consideration for any electronic drive that you might travel with. I am now on my 2nd electric toothbrush (a Sonicare R910 that I have had several years). The charger can handle the 220-240 voyage range common in most of the world. It replaced an older Sonicare base model (battery died) whose charger could only handle US voltages, and, thus, was useless for foreign travel of more than a few days.
Several weeks ago the base unit’s UV light ceased working. While the base unit was still charging the handle just fine, it was no longer cleaning it. I received a new replacement only after sending my existing unit back. I would have liked to have continued using the original unit while I waited for the new one to arrive, but that was a minor inconvenience.
The technique is crucial to the effectiveness of tooth brushing and disease prevention.[26] Back and forth brushing is not effective in removing plaque at the gum line. Tooth brushing should employ a systematic approach, angle the bristles at a 45-degree angle towards the gums, and make small circular motions at that angle.[26] This action increases the effectiveness of the technique in removing plaque at the gum line.
This phase is continuous throughout treatment, allowing the dental professional along with the patient to monitor the patients oral health status and assists in recognizing the need for change or amendment to the previously formulated treatment plan, according to the patients specific needs.[8] Treatment is monitored using accurate periodontal charting and clinical observation of hard and soft tissues by the dental professional. The results of the periodontal charting and clinical observation dictates what follows the non-surgical periodontal phase. The three generalised outcomes that may result are essentially;
Furthermore, the model we purchased for testing broke within a week. The battery died and simply refused to be charged again. Contacting Pursonic did nothing, as we never received a replacement or a decent explanation.
Studies, such as the one conducted by the Cochrane Oral Health Group have consistently demonstrated that electric brushing is superior to manual brushing. The above-mentioned research shows a 21% reduction in plaque after only 3 months of using a motor-powered toothbrush. It further claims a 6% reduction of gingivitis within a 3 month period.
Sonic or ultrasonic toothbrushes vibrate at a high frequency with a small amplitude, and a fluid turbulent activity that aids in plaque removal.[27][28] The rotating type might reduce plaque and gingivitis compared to manual brushing, though it is currently uncertain whether this is of clinical significance.[29] The movements of the bristles and their vibrations help break up chains of bacteria up to 5mm below the gum line.[27] The oscillating-rotating electric toothbrush on the other hand uses the same mechanical action as produced by manual tooth brushing – removing plaque via mechanical disturbance of the biofilm – however at a higher frequency.
Love this article! Your conclusions are directly in line with dentist recommendations and exactly why we created our entire brand – quip. We created a beautiful but affordable electric toothbrush ( and oral care range) that focuses only on the basics and ignores the expensive gimmicks. Very Refreshing to see a post like this!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love these things when they work. But they are exceptionally unreliable. Reading the comments and reviews on Amazon, it appears I’m not alone. However, it also appears their competitors suffer from the same issues of reliability. So I think as long as you are prepared for a very short life and are willing to shell out the cash, they are worth purchasing. Just be aware.
Remember, it’s not so much about getting your whole mouth clean in less than 2 minutes.  Be willing to give the inside of the lower front teeth the attention necessary to keep this area clean.  Doing so will help the whole mouth stay healthier.
All in all, this is a great toothbrush and it is very comparable to the Oral-B’s 7000 series. Philips claims that when fully charged, the battery will last 19 days. When we tested, the battery only lasted 14 days after being charged for 18 hours.
Rinse your mouth with baking soda mixed with warm water afterwards. Also, you can use the same procedure with other food that contains vitamin C, like bell peppers, berries, lemons, lime, oranges and papaya.
If you want a powerful, yet gentle, clean, the Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical Pro-Flex Medium Toothbrush is right for you. It offers a superior clean thanks to two flexing sides that adjust to the curves and contours of your teeth. It cleans along the gumline, but is gentle on enamel and sensitive gums. It removes up to 93% of plaque in hard-to-reach areas and up to 34% more plaque along the gumline, ensuring a cleaner mouth and fresher breath. It also reduces gingivitis and removes surface stains, providing a better clean than a traditional manual toothbrush. In fact, it promises to provide better oral health in only two weeks.
Soniccare are junk and the company does not stand behind their product. I had one with a defective battery and it started to smell bad. The only thing I got from their customer service is 15% off to purchase another one with free shipping. Why would I purchase another product from your company when you don’t stand behind the product I bought? Go with Oral B.
For those who have sensitive teeth, we recommend the Oral-B 1000. Unlike its sonic counterparts, the Oral-B 1000 provides around 8,000 strokes per minute, meaning you won’t feel as much of a tickling sensation on your teeth. This sensation can be very uncomfortable to some, which makes the Oral-B an excellent choice. The Oral-B 1000’s bare-bones approach to features allows you to just focus on improving your dental care. In addition to our must-have two-minute timer, this $30 pick simply offers a quad-pacer to ensure an even brush for all your teeth. We like this minimal approach, because it shifts your attention to what matters most: proper brushing technique. The Oral-B 1000 is also compatible with a variety of different brushing heads for your personal comfort needs.
1 Newton is roughly the amount of force that a object weighing 1/5 lbs. places on the surface it is resting on, such as the palm of your hand. (A smallish apple is often given as an example of something that weighs about one-fifth of a pound.)
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Dental hygienists help patients develop and maintain good oral health. For example, they may explain the relationship between diet and oral health. They may also give advice to patients on how to select toothbrushes and other oral care devices.
Fiber helps prevent overeating by making you feel full and helps to block fats and cholesterol. High fiber foods include corn, avocado, beans, whole grains, soybeans, lentils, pears, oatmeal, artichoke, peas, apples and nuts.
Mixing them will cancel the cleaning power of the vinegar since mixing them causes a chemical reaction that eliminates both the vinegar and baking soda. Mixing them creates a type of salt (not table salt), water, and gas (bubbles).

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job prospects for dental hygienists will be favorable in the coming decade. Whereas the expected rate of growth for all jobs in the American economy is 14 percent, employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow at a rate of 38 percent. However, because many Americans rely on employer-supported insurance to pay for dental care, the bureau warns that employment may be more scarce during periods of economic downturn.
As well, I’ve read most studies regarding the effectiveness of both Braun and Sonicare toothbrushes and the effectiveness of the different available brush-heads. The Sonicare has been proven gentler and more effective at reducing gingivitis and bleeding and the Braun has been proven more effective at removing plaque (particularly with their relatively new Cross Action brush-head)…and very effective at reducing gingivitis as well! Either way, both brushes are more effective than manual brushing (which needs perfect technique to be similarily effective to electric brushes) and are a great way to improve your oral health! Try both the Braun and Sonicare…try the better brush-heads from both brands (Cross Action, Floss Action, Precision Clean…Adaptive Care, Interclean, Diamond Clean brush-heads) and decide what you prefer!
In the end, they are probably quite comparable in performance… I’ll stick to my Sonicare as it has shown me improved gum health over a manual toothbrush and (admittedly lower performing) $5 battery operated rotary brushes. I am sure the OralB is better than the $5 units… but given my positive experience with the Sonicare, I see no reason to switch away.
Based on comments we’ve seen posted on our and retailer websites, it seems that there’s a general consensus that this brush is a step above the Sonicare 3 in terms of power and refinement, and therefore currently occupies a transition point in the Sonicare line up.
Love this article! Your conclusions are directly in line with dentist recommendations and exactly why we created our entire brand – quip. We created a beautiful but affordable electric toothbrush ( and oral care range) that focuses only on the basics and ignores the expensive gimmicks. Very Refreshing to see a post like this!
It’s probably also easy enough to state that having a more powerful brush is generally a plus. But related to this issue, we think that many people don’t understand how a Sonicare is meant to be used.
No, it’s not. Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate and while baking powder contains some sodium bicarbonate, it also contains cream of tartar and some type of starch. They are both used as leavening agents. Hope this helps.
Even my several years old Flexcare has stronger vibration than both Diamondclean and Essence+. That is a mid range model and I can only assume they improved design to reduce this unwanted vibration. Some people may take this as having less cleaning power, however I do not agree on this view. Even old essence model is rated at 31,000 and only reason it gets negative points is due to lack of brushhead options.
The Sonicare 2 and 3 Series toothbrushes don’t fit that mold. These models were introduced as “cheaper alternatives,” evidently to cover specific price points in the line up. And it seems that their design, as mentioned above, tends to reflect that.
Dexterity. Dental hygienists must be good at working with their hands. They generally work in tight quarters on a small part of the body, requiring fine motor skills using very precise tools and instruments.
Dental hygienists can receive their necessary education with either a two-year associate degree or a four-year bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. Each degree will yield the clinical training necessary to work in the field; however, a bachelor’s degree program will provide more in-depth studies and practice in the field.
Thank you for the time you took to research and write this article. You answered every question I had and would have taken me hours to research on my own. I now know what I need and more importantly what I don’t need. Thanks again for all your help.
Toothbrushes for kids have soft bristles and tend to get frayed fast. Check if the bristles are bent or changed at all from their normal shape. If they are, change the toothbrush. Usually kids require a new toothbrush after a month and a half.
This is an all-round great tip, not just one for keeping your teeth healthy. Whether you like them or not, vegetables are a super ingredient. They are great for physical health and the teeth are no exception. Start munching on apples, celery sticks, carrots, and peppers to get your teeth looking strong and healthy in no time.  
When it comes to good oral hygiene, electric toothbrushes usually focus on three things: plaque removal, gum health and whitening. So a good starting point when making your choice is figuring out which area you want to focus on – and we help you on this below.
“The Sonicare toothbrush is a workhorse. There’s no doubt about that. If you inspect the back of your teeth, you can usually see a small layer of plaque. Well, the Sonicare toothbrush is your answer to the best at home cleaning, after about two days of brushing, my teeth were noticeably cleaner. My colleagues were asking me if I whitened my teeth lol. I can never go back to a manual toothbrush. 32,000 brush strokes a minute, think about that. If you care about how your teeth look, then this is a great investment.”
According to the American Dental Association, no commercial products can sterilize a toothbrush and it’s not necessary. The ADA notes, “There is insufficient clinical evidence to support that bacterial growth on toothbrushes will lead to specific adverse oral or systemic health effects.”
Get regular, professional cleanings. Even if you implement the most rigorous oral hygiene routine at home, you can still benefit from a visit to the dentist every six months or so. Only a dentist can give you the thorough, professional cleaning which will remove the most hard-to-reach plaque and stubborn tartar.

While you’ll learn dental hygiene techniques and procedures, a dental hygiene associate’s degree will help you better understand basic and dental sciences. During the course of your studies, you’ll learn how to make decisions about patient care, hone your critical thinking skills and improve your problem-solving abilities.
I’m not a chemist so I’m not sure how much baking soda would be required to cancel out the effectiveness of the vinegar but since my recipe calls for just 2 tsp of baking soda there’s probably still enough vinegar left to do some disinfecting. The baking soda addition does add the bubbles which can assist is removing grime from the toothbrush. If someone is really, really concerned about maximizing the disinfecting aspect of the mixture, they could simply place them in the vinegar first and then add the baking soda later. This works for us and our family. We are rarely sick and have had no problems at all. There was a study put out by the University of Florida saying that the mixture was an effective cleaning agent but I can’t seem to find it anymore. Thanks for your comment, Serena.
Since I’ve started brushing with the Heal Thy Mouth blend and the Bass brush and doing oil pulling in the morning, my teeth are cleaner, my breath is better, and my gums are happier than they have been in a long time.
Someone’s sending me a Waterpik, if that makes any difference, and I’m searching for rinses that may help alleviate some of these problems. Thanks for the review, and for your help. Sorry this is so long.
Provides Gentle Brushing. If you have sensitive gums, brushing causes a lot of pain and discomfort. Sonic toothbrushes feature brush heads with soft bristles that are designed for gentle brushing. Also, these brushes have a separate sensitive mode of brushing.
I want to become a dental hygienist but what I’m most worried about is after i finish up my 2 years of college, if I’ll be able to get hired! Or if they’ll allow me to work full time in just one office. I am a single mother and I am graduating at 17. I guess I’m worried about whether or not I’ll be allowed in one office and if my hours will make me at least 50,000 annually like the internet says it will.
Another great thing about this model is the wide range of replaceable toothbrush heads that can be used by those who want more flossing action, have sensitive teeth and otherwise. For instance, these Oral-B Cross Action toothbrush head replacements ($21.49; amazon.com) have angled bristles designed to get in between teeth and have hundreds of reviews on Amazon and a 4.7 out of 5-star ranking.
The humble sesame seed can be used as an active dental scrub. It will gently remove plaque and tartar, without damaging teeth. To achieve this, just pop a handful of sesame seeds into your mouth. Chew them up, but do not swallow them. Take an old toothbrush (dry) and brush your teeth while the seeds are still in your mouth. They will act as a scrub and delicately scour the surface of stained teeth.
If your battery dies, contact the merchant or store if it’s under a certain period of time to invoke the warranty, but if it’s after an extended period of time, contact the maker (Oral-B, Philips). It’s not unheard of for them to send you a new brush for nothing if your battery dies.
Yes, it’s definitely a water flosser. Oral B and Sonicare may be the best brands when it comes to electric toothbrushes, but for oral irrigators there’s Waterpik. I have their Ultra model, which is top rated in many case studies.
Even so, the Sonicare is still engaging. The app comes with an interactive character named Sparkly and our tester’s parent “liked that it showed a teeth simulation my daughter could see while she brushed.” The Sonicare also managed to get our young tester excited about brushing her teeth the next morning. Her parent summed it up nicely: “I would recommend the Sonicare. It was just easier to use.”
Back in March 2010, Consumer Reports performed its own tests for plaque removal and concluded, “[T]he two priciest brushes removed 75 percent or more of plaque in our tests, on average.” In the years following those tests, two of the top models have been discontinued and replaced by similar ones, and one has been recalled; as of May 2016, CR no longer tests toothbrushes at all. GHI’s recommendations don’t say much and do not explain whether expensive features are really necessary.
My sister has been flossing and using Plax  for 10 years now because she was so afraid of deep cleaning .Whenever the family gets her to the dentist because she is so scared of them they are always surprised what good condition her teeth is in. Plax is made of an ingredient called tetrasodium pyrophosphate acts as a tartar control agent, serving to remove calcium and magnesium from saliva and thus preventing them from being deposited on teeth. Plax does not work if used alone. For success, you must rinse your mouth for 30 second to 1 minute before brushing and flossing to loosen up the plaque if you have thick layers of plaque it can take about 4 to 6 week to see success. Some studies  on Plax mouthwash was done but the result was inconclusive but did show some minimal removal of plaque. According to a number of customer on Amazon it does work for them. Check it out.
I would have believed in the accuracy of this site more had you not entered the info about the Quip brush. I made that unfortunate leap and it was a complete waste of money. The brush itself is little more than a manual brush that lightly vibrates. This serves no cleaning purpose, only that of a quadrant timer. So, if you’re looking for a chunky, uncomfortable to use manual toothbrush that requires batteries, the Quip may be for you.
No matter what toothpaste or mouthwash you use, it will be hard to have fresh breath and good oral health if the toothbrush you use is overrun with bacteria, mold, and decaying food particles. A clean toothbrush that is in good condition is essential for good oral hygiene and in killing the germs that cause bad breath. There are a lot of myths and ideas that surround how to store and keep your toothbrush clean from bacteria and other particles such as storing your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible and in a closed container. Some of these are important and effective in sustaining proper health, while others are unnecessary, not worth the time, or are just plain too expensive. In this article we will discuss proven methods that will keep your toothbrush clean and in optimum working performance and also discuss why other methods may be too much work for too little results.
^ Jump up to: a b Dental Hygienists’ Association of Australia Inc. (1999). A professional Body Addressing Training, Uniformity of Practice and Growth of the Dental Hygienist Profession. Retrieved from “Archived copy”. Archived from the original on 2014-05-18. Retrieved 2014-05-17. Print. Local dental regulations determine the scope of practice of dental hygienists respectively
I knew I didn’t trust dentists for a reason especially when they talk and spell in gangster slang, all these dentists do is ruin good healthy teeth, just try bicarbonate soda and lime, mix together to a slight paste and apply to toothbrush and brush, I found this to be most effective.
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1987 – Unsupervised practice: Hygienists may have their own dental hygiene practice; there are no requirement for the authorization or supervision of a dentist for most services. Colorado is currently the only state where this is approved. Case was won by JoAnn Grant, a dental hygienist from Fort Collins, CO. [40]
Thanks. That’s a good tip but I’m talking about 3 to 4 years (the normal lifespan of the battery, not a faulty one) and and the mechanism is good for way more than that. That makes it unnecessarily disposable and therefore an environmental bad.
Like we discussed above, plaque (especially mature plaque) definitely can provide a fortress for the ‘bad bugs’ to increase their populations (bad news).  A recent article titled, Understanding the root cause of tooth decay and gum disease, explains how the microbes in an environment are the heavy hitters that ‘control the playing field’.  When plaque matures, the types of microbes shift from a healthy balance of microbes to an environment dominated and controlled by ‘bad bugs’.
So, you are set on buying your first vibrating toothbrush, but you are not sure what to look for. That’s fine, we all need to start somewhere. But, be advised, often times a $60 electric toothbrush can have the same core features as a $200 one. It is also quite possible that the cheaper one will outperform the more expensive one. So, let’s review some of the core elements to look for when purchasing a rotary or sonic toothbrushes.
Jump up ^ Li X, Kolltveit KM, Tronstad L, Olsen I (October 2000). “Systemic diseases caused by oral infection”. Clin. Microbiol. Rev. 13 (4): 547–58. doi:10.1128/CMR.13.4.547-558.2000. PMC 88948 . PMID 11023956.
Speaking of your tongue, use it regularly to feel around and locate any plaque.  Our tongues are great ‘plaque detectors’, and we can use them to find any spots we have missed or have not brushed effectively.
A toothbrush holder that holds the toothbrush upright, has good ventilation, and is made so other toothbrushes do not touch each other as to prevent cross contamination. Also some people may prefer toothbrush stands that suspend the toothbrush or have a drain in the bottom to prevent the build-up of scum and gross water. Remember to clean your toothbrush holder regularly. I clean mine once a week at the same time I deep clean my toothbrush.

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Next I searched for any studies comparing rotary (Oral-B) to oscillating (Sonicare) power brush heads. I won’t post links to all the scientific studies I read, but the are quite a few on the National Center for Biotechnology Information (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) site. The more recent ones favor rotary brush heads.
Get regular, professional cleanings. Even if you implement the most rigorous oral hygiene routine at home, you can still benefit from a visit to the dentist every six months or so. Only a dentist can give you the thorough, professional cleaning which will remove the most hard-to-reach plaque and stubborn tartar.
^ Jump up to: a b Lee, D., & Moon, I. (2011). The plaque-removing efficacy of a single-tufted brush on the lingual and buccal surfaces of the molars. Journal of Periodontal & Implant Science, 41(3), 131. https://dx.doi.org/10.5051/jpis.2011.41.3.131
If you think you may have a dental issue related to plaque or tartar buildup, schedule an appointment with your dentist right away. The sooner you get the dental issue addressed, the less damage it’s likely to cause and the easier (and less expensive) it will be to treat.
Nothing here about which models are chargeable via USB. It’s asinine that a ~5V device won’t charge/run off USB, forcing me to take a bulky, awkward adapter with me when I travel in addition to the n USB chargers I also need to take.
Brushing modes: a) Full-power mode is stated to be 25% faster than a Sonicare, which should place it in the 38,750 brush strokes per minute range. We don’t see this as a giant advantage over a Sonicare (31,000 brush strokes/min.)   b) This brush also has a reduced-power “sensitive” mode.
The Flexcare+ and Diamond Clean are like a completely another world and could not be compared. I have used my Flexcare+ (HX6922) for more than 2 months and it is fantastic. I still look forward to brush my teeth with it and it is not to be compared with Oral B or lower end Sonicare. I had the Oral B Triumpf 5000 (Top model when I bought it) and it is not to be compared. It creates more noice, more vibrations in handle, is less sofisiticated and much lower efficiency (teeth does not feel silky smooth after brushing) and needs to be charged more frequently and have a clearly more noticeable difference in performance when newly charged.
I really like this system- seems to clean my teeth better than other brushes- also like the pause that lets you know you have cleaned one side long enough- this helps in not doing a sloppy job of cleaning. I have tried several other power toothbrushes and this is my favorite. I would say definitely worth the price. And this is an independent review – no samples for me!!
“Truthfully, at the end of the day, for pennies and minutes—you don’t need all of these more costly brushes—you can choose oral health,” Dr. Lopez-Howell said. No matter the toothbrush (manual or powered, “smart” or not), “brush twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, floss once daily, and visit your dentist to make sure that you’re doing the right thing.”
The FlexCare Platinum comes equipped with 3 brushing modes: Clean, White and Gum Care. Each cleaning mode allows the user to moderate the intensity of the brush using 3 additional levels. This further helps new users to ease into this powerful sonic toothbrush.
According to the American Dental Association, no commercial products can sterilize a toothbrush and it’s not necessary. The ADA notes, “There is insufficient clinical evidence to support that bacterial growth on toothbrushes will lead to specific adverse oral or systemic health effects.”
This information was exactly what I was looking for and this site is probably the best product comparison website I have ever seen. Keep up the good work! I couldn’t find any affiliate links so that I could order through the site however…but maybe I missed them?
In addition to this, we have excluded internationally made and shipped models. We found that such models often lack appropriate warranty and guarantees for the American consumers. They also tend to be quite scarce in replacement parts. Not to mention that it would take 3-4 weeks to get the desired replacements.
Yes, after looking closer, its not rubber, it has a small, pointed bristle head. It came with my SonicFX base, and set of brushes. I think they are called “interdental” brushes on their reorder web page.

The researchers incubated the macrophages for a few hours with amyloid beta. To some of the cells they then added either an active form of vitamin D3, or an active form of omega 3 DHA, and watched what effect this had on inflammation and the ability of the macrophages to absorb amyloid beta.
Plaque Removal. Compared to brushing with a manual toothbrush, sonic toothbrushes give unmatched results. Sonic technology has been proven to remove several times more plaque than any manual toothbrush. As it removes more plaque, it also prevents the risk of tooth decay and improves overall oral health.
Is the Essence+ old and dated Sonicare technology? – Yes. In its era, wasn’t this the technology that Sonicare continued to build its reputation on? – Yes. Considering that this brush only costs $40, plus the fact that it can use a wide array of current Sonicare brush heads, does this brush make a reasonable choice, especially as compared to brushing manually? – We think it does. Is this the absolute best Sonicare brush and a best choice for everyone? – No.
Outdated models – We avoided these not because they are out of fashion, but because they are mostly out of support. It is quite hard to find replacement parts and actual local support for models that the brands no longer manufacture.
Tartar buildup can be prevented with regular brushing and flossing, along with regular visits to your dentist for professional cleanings. If you don’t have dental insurance, many plans are available that make regular cleanings affordable. Some people get tartar more easily than others, and your risk can also increase if you have diabetes or if you smoke tobacco.
Dental hygienists earned a median annual salary of $72,910 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, dental hygienists earned a 25th percentile salary of $60,500, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $86,390, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 207,900 people were employed in the U.S. as dental hygienists.
An advice to the Flecare+ is to also buy the diamond clean brush heads for even a smoother cleaning feeling or even the adaptive clean brush heads (The adaptive clean heads I think are very good but those I have not tried yet). The Flexcare brush head is very good to remove tartar, but the diamond clean makes your teeth even more silky and glossy and maybe slightly more comfortable to brush with, but already the Flexcare brush head is extremely good for the silky feeling.
They are quite unsightly and can spoil a lovely smile, so cleaning is a really useful thing for patients. It cannot, of course, be a substitute for regular brushing and flossing. If you want your teeth to stay healthy (and in your mouth), you need to clean properly, avoid eating too much sugar, and be on friendly terms with your local dental specialist.
Personal satisfaction: One of the most enjoyable aspects of a career in dental hygiene is working with people. Personal fulfillment comes from providing a valuable health care service while establishing trusting relationships with patients.
To become a dental hygienist, you’ll need either a 2- or 4-year degree in dental hygiene. Most programs are two years long and lead to an associate’s degree. They are offered through community colleges and technical colleges.
Plaque that is not removed can harden into tartar, a hard mineral deposit that forms on teeth and can only be removed through professional cleaning by a dental professional. When this happens, brushing and cleaning between teeth become more difficult, and gum tissue can become swollen or may bleed. This condition is called gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. Note/Nota
“I like the Oral B Braun brush for its circumferential action on the tooth surface,” says David Tecosky, a Philadelphia-based dentist. A pressure sensor lets you know when you’re brushing too hard, and an in-handle timer pulses every 30 seconds to signal that it’s time to move to a different part of your mouth. 
Electric toothbrushes offer a good solution to this. They are not only fun to use, but they also employ the correct brush movements that our hands often tend to disregard when we clean our teeth manually.
Yeah, I have the previous pick, and I get a bit squigged out at times if I forget to clean it. The base especially gets super gunky and I’m pretty sure it’s transferred up into the charging hole, and the little notch that the handle inserts seems like a dirty spot too :/
Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop and is much less painful, expensive, and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.
Having up to 31,000 brush strokes per minute, this model is slower than the diamond clean. But, do not fool yourself. If you have never used an ultrasonic toothbrush before, you will feel the vigorous power of this elegantly designed teeth cleaning gadget. Despite being slower, the 2 Series Sonicare is also considerably cheaper and it works wonders for removing plaque and eliminating destructive bacteria in your mouth.
Being a hygienist….has it’s tough days and easy days. LEARNING to become a hygienist is actually one of the most difficult programs you can go through – not in a stuck up way, but I have always been in honors courses throughout highschool and college, and studied 3 years for a double major before discovering and switching into hygiene. It is no joke – at least the program I was in. They only accepted 3.8GPA or higher and required pre-reqs.
Prerequisites for an associate’s degree include a high school diploma and minimum education requirements in major subject areas. ACT or SAT scores may be required. Bachelor’s degree programs require a high school diploma or equivalent, or an associate’s degree in dental hygiene; ACT or SAT scores are required, and schools of dentistry may also request letters of recommendation. Both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs require intensive clinical components, such as hours of hands-on experience in a healthcare setting.
So, you are set on buying your first vibrating toothbrush, but you are not sure what to look for. That’s fine, we all need to start somewhere. But, be advised, often times a $60 electric toothbrush can have the same core features as a $200 one. It is also quite possible that the cheaper one will outperform the more expensive one. So, let’s review some of the core elements to look for when purchasing a rotary or sonic toothbrushes.
A person could conclude that the best brush to buy is simply the one that can best overcome any damping effect. And due to the constant improvement of products, that’s most likely to be the newest, latest model available.
Excessive pressure indicator – All Sonicare models will tend to stall out or stutter when the user applies too much force. Beyond that, some models offer more sophisticated pressure and even scrubbing indicators.
The first independent non-military training began in 1994.[12] Otago Polytechnic began offering a 15-month Certificate in Dental Hygiene in Dunedin.[12] In 1998, the programme was modified to be a 2-year Diploma.[12] Otago Polytech stopped offering the course in 2000.[12] The following year, University of Otago began offering a 2-year Diploma in Dental Hygiene qualification.[12] In 2002, the university added a 3-year Bachelor of Health Sciences (endorsed in Dental Hygiene) degree alongside the Diploma.[12] This course was discontinued in 2007, when the current 3 year Bachelor of Oral Health commenced.[12]
“This brush is one mighty little powerhouse. The last two motorized toothbrushes we received and paid more for were ‘gutless wonders.’ So I thought just to get a cheap one, and if it doesn’t work, well, no big deal. The SURPRISE, however, was that this model works better than I’d even hoped for. My spouse’s brush cost ten times what this one does and I cannot see that he gets anything more from his high-priced brush compared to my new one.”
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Unlike plaque, tartar can’t be removed by brushing or flossing. To get rid of it, you need to visit your dentist, who will use special instruments to remove it in a technique called “scale and polish.” Scaling refers to the removal or picking off of tartar from the teeth, while polishing helps smooth and shine the teeth afterwards.
The Goby has everything we look for (two-minute timer, rechargeable battery) and the company can deliver new brush heads every few months with a subscription. However, it offers only one brush head type.
There are areas in the United States, typically rural areas, where patients need dental care but have little access to it. Job prospects will be especially good for dental hygienists who are willing to work in these areas.
Their S520 toothbrush is their most expensive and highest performance one. Pursonic maintains that the S520 model is capable of reaching up to 40,000 brush strokes per minute. Our tests, however, found this toothbrush to be significantly weaker compared to pretty much any Philips electric toothbrush that is priced over $30. In our opinion, the brush strokes per minute did not exceed 15,000.
The Sonicare 3 Series also has the QuadPacer feature and the easy-start feature. The former is an automatic mode that vibrates every 30 seconds to remind you to move the brush from one set of teeth to the next. It does that 4 times per brushing. The easy-start is a mode that progressively increases the intensity of the brushing over the next 14 or so days. This allows users to slowly get to 31,000 brush strokes per minute.

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The Philips Sonicare toothbrush completes 62,000 bristle movements in just two minutes. Make sure every one of them is maximally effective by stocking up on extra Sonicare toothbrush heads and switching to a new one every three months. Explore what is available within the large inventory on eBay, whether you just need a single replacement head or would rather make a bulk purchase. Many Philips Sonicare toothbrush replacement heads are angled, so you can easily reach all tooth surfaces and scrub plaque easily off those hard-to-reach areas on your molars or wisdom teeth. Some feature soft bristles to clean sensitive teeth thoroughly without causing irritation. Go with Sonicare compact toothbrush heads if you own one of the brand’s smaller, travel-friendly models. Some have the bristles arranged in a circular or diamond-like shape, making them look similar to the tools that dentists use. Sonicare toothbrush heads are great to keep handy in your bathroom cabinet, and they are also practical extras to include when you give someone one of these innovative toothbrushes as a gift and want to make sure he or she has all the necessary supplies to go with it.
The ToiletTree Rechargeable seemed like a good value prospect, as it comes with a free secondary travel toothbrush, but reviews report that it is very loud and stops working after a short period of time. It is no longer available on Amazon.
There are certain accessories, such as charging stations and power cords, which all electric toothbrushes come with. Some models come with extra brush heads, which could be useful because eventually, you will have to replace them. But, other accessories, such as travel cases, can prove to be quite expensive and end up never being used.
When you buy a sonicare toothbrush, it will usually feature a timer function. This time will ensure that you clean your teeth for the appropriate length of time. At each quarterly interval, the toothbrush well signal to you that’s it is at their quarter way mark. This will be an indication to you so that you can move on to the next quadrant of your mouth. The timer function allows you to spread your tooth brushing time out across the whole of your mouth evenly.
Since 2006,[12] New Zealand dental hygienists are trained at either University of Otago in Dunedin (at the country’s only Dental School) or at Auckland University of Technology.[24] The qualifications (Bachelor of Oral Health at Otago, Bachelor of Health Science in Oral Health at AUT) enable graduates to register and practise as both a dental hygienist and a dental therapist.[12]
The variety and diversity of rechargeable toothbrushes on the market can be overwhelmingly annoying. Especially, when you have decided to buy and use one. Besides the numerous differences in design, color and battery life, motor-powered toothbrushes also differ in the manner in which they clean teeth. In fact, there are five different ways to choose from.
There’s nothing complex about the Oral-B Pro Power Rechargeable 1000. It’s an oscillating model that comes with just one brush head. You could interchange it with the more complex heads from other Oral-B models (and the Pro 1000 has the same multi-angled “3D” action), but there’s only one mode, so we doubt you’d get the same degree of effectiveness. That said, a lot of people like this toothbrush for its simplicity. It’s light (4.25 ounces) with a slender, rubberized handle. In the lab, we felt it was just a small step up from the thin handle of a manual toothbrush, however.
Reminder bristles ensure your most effective clean At first glance it may not be obvious, but brush heads lose stiffness and gradually wear down over months of normal use. Blue reminder bristles fade to white and help you recognise when it’s time for a replacement. For optimal results, replace your brush head every three months.
Apps: Bluetooth connectivity and compatible phone apps that track your brushing habits are becoming increasingly popular with high-end models. It’s a neat feature, but a basic two-minute timer also encourages better technique and speaking with your dentist is really the best way to get updates on your dental health. The one exception is with kids’ brushes — apps can be helpful for encouraging children to brush. In fact, some brushing apps were so fun that children wouldn’t stop playing (manufacturers had to update their apps to make the game unplayable between brushes).
Dental hygienists will clean a patient’s teeth, removing tartar, stains and plaque as they brush, floss and scrape. Dental hygienists are also involved in educating patients on the best ways to brush and floss teeth, as well as which products to use.
The Oral-B Vitality electric toothbrush provides a superior clean vs. a regular manual toothbrush. The round shape of the Floss Action toothbrush head is designed to clean tooth by tooth, and its MicroPulse bristles reach deep between teeth. 2D cleaning action oscillates and rotates for better plaque removal than a regular manual toothbrush and an in-handle timer helps you brush for a dentist-recommended 2 minutes. Best of all, it’s brought to you by Oral-B – the brand used by dentists worldwide.

Flexible sides complement the unique bristle pattern design to remove up to 10 times more plaque, even in the hard to reach areas.  Cleaning thoroughly in between teeth and along the gumline, the soft rubbers sides of the Plaque Control brush head adapt to the contours of your mouth.
That’s not necessarily a problem, or even completely correct. Even if the tip of the bristle is essentially immobile, it’s possible for a pressure wave to be transmitted through the various media involved.
Oil pulling is an age-old practice that supports oral health and helps remove plaque from teeth. Extra-virgin coconut oil is great for oil pulling because it is high in lauric acid that has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects.
My second time purchasing this item. Does a great job! I discarded the first one, after about a year of use. Was getting moldy, and dirty inside the base; and would have been time-consuming to clean; if that was even an option. Not 100% certain the UV light works, but love how it cleans my teeth. In the future, I will wipe down the toothbrush, after each use, to prevent the unsanitary build-up inside the base.
The best electric toothbrush is easy to use, comes with extra bristle heads, improves your brushing technique, and is somewhat inexpensive. But, finding a model that is gentle on the teeth and gums, while eliminating plaque and food debris, is no easy task.
As a dentist, I have been in the situation of having an HMO patient tell me that I could make a lot of money if I would put in some extra hygiene rooms and hire some more hygienists, that I could “clean up” doing cleanings that his HMO has deliberately misled him into believing that it reimburses.
Streptococci, staphylococci and treponema denticola – these are just a few names of the different bacteria that exist in the average mouth every day.  It is estimated that most people’s mouths have literally millions of these organisms thriving just on the surfaces of the teeth. Having an abundance of bacteria is a contributor to tooth decay and gum disease, so keeping an environment less friendly to the harmful bacteria is one way to promote oral health.
All of the sonicare toothbrushes are designed to provide the optimum shape and size to give the user the maximum benefit from the sonic action. If you have a sonic toothbrush and you choose an authentic Philips brush head that has been designed for the model that you own, you can be sure that you’ll always get the most possible power.
The flexibility of the string allows to wrap it up around the tooth and scrape off stubborn plaque residue. Traditional floss is also very cost effective when compared to electric toothbrushes and their inevitable need for replacement parts.
As I also thought as some other here in the discussion, that it might be only design differences for the premium Sonicare models compared to lower level models, I got curious if you could get this excellent brushing experience for less money, to recommend friends and found the Sonicare 3 series gum health HX6631 with 3 intensity levels (for around half price of Flexcare+) where Philips claimed 7 times better plaque removal compared with a regular tooth brush for the gum health at maximum cleaning mode and the 6 times for the Flexcare+ that I first had bought.
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C3 Premium Plaque Control – $12.25 – This is a Sonicare BrushSync head (see below). It has a design aimed at maximizing plaque removal. It comes in Standard size only. Sonicare’s classification of bristle stiffness = medium soft.
Hi I went to school for dental assisting and hate it! My dream job is to become a hygienist and assisting is just a foot in the door, but all these negative comments has me thinking. Should I go for hygiene school or not? I really want to tho!
Well hate to break it to you but it does NOT work!! Dental schools are reduced fees to benefit the students and YOU, it is not the 25th caller it is anyone who cares enough to want good oral health which also increases good overall health. PleAse think before you believe some nonsense you read on the Internet.
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Dental hygienists school programs usually require both general education courses and courses specific to the field of dental hygiene. General education courses important to dental hygiene degrees include college level algebra, biology, and chemistry. Courses specific to dental hygiene may include anatomy, oral anatomy, materials science, pharmacology, radiography, periodontology, nutrition, and clinical skills.[citation needed]
Never before have dental hygienists had such a wealth of opportunities for their schooling and careers. Gone are the old stereotypes of a hygienist confined solely to a traditional clinical practice. Today’s dental hygienist is found everywhere from the classroom to the corporate office. Here’s how to become a dental hygienist.
“This brush is one mighty little powerhouse. The last two motorized toothbrushes we received and paid more for were ‘gutless wonders.’ So I thought just to get a cheap one, and if it doesn’t work, well, no big deal. The SURPRISE, however, was that this model works better than I’d even hoped for. My spouse’s brush cost ten times what this one does and I cannot see that he gets anything more from his high-priced brush compared to my new one.”
Healthy, attractive teeth and gums for a lifetime: Who doesn’t want that? Well, it all starts with good oral hygiene, which means a quality toothbrush used twice daily, along with regular flossing. But what constitutes a good toothbrush?
That gives you a lot of options to choose from when buying replacement heads (that alone is an important feature). And for this reason, we don’t place great emphasis on which type comes with which model.
Whatever you do, don’t waste your dentist. They represent a very special resource and it should not be squandered. They are not there to give you a lecture or yell about how badly you have treated your teeth (though a disapproving look or two can work wonders for lazy patients). They are only there to offer you the finest in dental care and treatment available.
Baking soda. Baking soda is great for cleaning almost anything — including your teeth, believe it or not. It’s slightly abrasive, so it helps pry tough tartar and plaque off of your enamel. You can dip your toothbrush in a mixture of baking soda with a pinch of salt.
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There are a few different options on the market that can make flossing easier if dexterity or coordination is a barrier, or as a preference over normal floss. Floss threaders are ideal for cleaning between orthodontic appliances, and flossetts are ideal for those with poor dexterity.[1]
Like when you’re cleaning your teeth manually, these sonic toothbrushes clean your teeth using a sweeping motion, although you can expect more movement than you’d get with most of the standard toothbrushes. The bacteria and the plaque is brushed away from your teeth and your gum line so that you can enjoy clean teeth, however you will still have to ensure that you use plenty of mouthwash afterwards to get the loosened bacteria out of your mouth.

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If you’re interested in considering a sonic toothbrush that’s not a Sonicare, we’ve noticed the Braun Oral B Pulsonic. Its features list places it in the same general category as the Sonicare models we discuss on this page.
Hello everyone, i am a junior in highschool and i have been interested in becoming a dental hygienist for a while now, i’ve been debating being a flight attendant or a dental hygenist. but reading these negative comments are making me wonder if i should re-evaluate my decision! i have always enjoyed going to the dentist as a child. flying in airplanes for a career and not coming home at the end of every day just doesn’t fit me! i’m more interested in an easy going job that won’t put me completely on my a** at the end of the day with enough cash to support myself. as a little girl i’ve dreamed of having a career such as this, and i don’t like hearing it can be a huge mistake! if somebody could tell me what schooling i must go through, and if being a dental hygenist is a good choice for a girl like me.
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But what really sets the Aura Clean Sonic Toothbrush apart from its competitors? It’s the Aura Clean Base Station – a unique enclosed charging base for the toothbrush handle and brush head that won’t take up a lot of space on your vanity, and it also cleans and dries your brush head! Once you dock your damp toothbrush after use, the 360-degree Aura Clean Halo uses powerful UVC rays to kill 99.9% of bacteria, and then the built-in dryer wicks away any moisture from the brush to ensure that no germs or bacteria stand a chance. After all, what’s the point of trying to duplicate that “just came from the dentist” feeling if you’re not even using a hygienic toothbrush?
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Oral-B Glide Floss Picks are easy to use and provide a more complete clean. They combine the silky-smooth texture of Glide floss with the ease of a pick. Glide Floss Picks slide more easily in tight spaces and effectively help remove plaque and food particles between teeth and just below the gum line vs. brushing alone.
W3 Premium White (introduced with DiamondClean Smart) – Helps whiten teeth in just 3 days by removing plaque and surface stains. 4 times more surface contact. Automatically selects optimal cleaning mode for the best results. (Compatible brush required)
Dual Head – refers to electric toothbrushes that have incorporated the rotating function, as well as the side-to-side movement function. As you can see in the image below, each head is responsible for a different motion. This design is advertised as more efficient in terms of plaque removal. However, users have complained that the size of the head makes cleaning more difficult.
Take extra precautions if you have braces or other appliances. Studies show that people who are wearing appliances on their teeth collect more germs on their toothbrushes.[20] Rinse with antibacterial mouthrinse before brushing to reduce the amount of bacteria deposited on the toothbrush.[21]
If you do not press the Flexcare+ to hard against your teeth it feels like a really professional cleaning tool at the dentist in a positive way, 2 times every day. Buy!! I will be very surprised if you ever regret it. Most probably you will think, why did I not buy this before and why does not more people know about it as it is such a difference. This product is crazy good I would say and I am picky about products and Philips have made me disappointed several times last 10 years, but not this time. It is an amazing product.
However, you can Bass brush this surface if you use just the tip of your brush rather than try to fit the whole brush head laying on its side in your mouth.  Using just the front tip of your Bass brush, wiggle the bristles into the gum line along these few front teeth where it’s difficult to get the whole brush head angled correctly.
We absolutely feel that almost all users should just use Clean mode (at the highest intensity setting). But for people who can’t tolerate that much brushing activity (like elderly or debilitated person’s), this brush gives the user additional options that the 2 Series doesn’t.
My head can’t stand the high-pitched tone from the sonic toothbrushes. I used a Philips sonic toothbrush for 6 months as part of a dental trial. The toothbrush itself was not being tested, the investigators wanted everyone using the same brush. I assumed I would get used to the sonic whine after a few days, but never did. Have happily used an electric Oral-B now for over 10 years (yes, it has lasted that long!) with great results.
It can easily be argued that each brush head within the Sonicare range is specialist, in that they are each designed to do something specific.  However, the following are even more specialist.  Technically, these are not brush heads, they are nozzles.
You know that super clean feeling your mouth has after a visit to the dentist? It’s because they’re able to thoroughly clean your teeth in ways that your manual toothbrush just can’t. Enter the TAO Clean Aura Clean Sonic Toothbrush and Cleaning Station. Using state-of-the-art sonic technology and 40,000 tiny brush strokes per minute, the TAO Clean Aura Clean Sonic Toothbrush and Cleaning Station safely and hygienically cleans your mouth by dislodging debris from your teeth and gums, and efficiently polishing your teeth. Not only that, but because it automatically shuts off after (dentist-recommended) 2 minutes of brushing, your pearly whites are actually getting 80,000 total brush strokes every time you brush your teeth! Do you think you could do 80,000 brush strokes in 2 minutes?
Without proper treatment, tartar and plaque can lead to a variety of issues like cavities, gum disease and tooth loss. It’s important to brush twice a day and floss once a day, and schedule regular checkups and professional cleanings with your dentist.
The first independent non-military training began in 1994.[12] Otago Polytechnic began offering a 15-month Certificate in Dental Hygiene in Dunedin.[12] In 1998, the programme was modified to be a 2-year Diploma.[12] Otago Polytech stopped offering the course in 2000.[12] The following year, University of Otago began offering a 2-year Diploma in Dental Hygiene qualification.[12] In 2002, the university added a 3-year Bachelor of Health Sciences (endorsed in Dental Hygiene) degree alongside the Diploma.[12] This course was discontinued in 2007, when the current 3 year Bachelor of Oral Health commenced.[12]
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At my last teeth-cleaning the hygienist recommended use of a sonic toothbrush and showed me a Sonicare as an example. She also told me that the office had them for sale at a significant discount. I’ll admit the cynic in me took over, so after I left I went online to check out what a toothbrush cost on the market. Bewildered by the range of models and their prices, I found this review and it helped me to decide on the Sonicare 3. I was just about to pull the trigger with Amazon when I thought I’d check back with my dentist’s office and see which model they were offering and for how much. Turns out they were selling the top-o-the-line DiamondCare for $85. No-brainer there! The box it came in was marked as “Dentist’s Promotional – Not for Resale” or something like that, so I’d guess that Phillips is providing these at this price for dentists’ offices only. So if you’re thinking of getting one, check with your dentist first. They may be offering this deal.
In short, you get the brush head, these work very well! Only less money. I would recommend these for the compatible Sonicare toothbrush. Thanks to this, I don’t have to buy expensive official brush head products anymore.
Using food coloring is a great way to spot plaque on your teeth. First dab a little petroleum jelly to your lips to prevent staining, take a couple drops of food coloring in a teaspoon of water and swish it around your mouth. Spit it out and rinse with clear water. Look for colored areas where the plaque has taken up the dye and remove them with your toothbrush. When performing regular brushing, pay special attention to those areas of your mouth. Spaces between the teeth and ridges on the teeth are prime targets for the buildup of plaque.
People used to think that as you got older you naturally lost your teeth. We now know that’s not true. By following easy steps for keeping your teeth and gums healthy – plus seeing your dentist regularly — you can have your teeth for a lifetime!
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Remember, Bass brushing is all about wiggling bristles to disrupt and disorganize not-particularly-friendly bacteria that like to colonize along and under the gum line.  And while the purpose of this step isn’t specifically to remove plaque, because we are disrupting the bugs at the gum line, we will reduce plaque accumulation there as well.
Since I’ve started brushing with the Heal Thy Mouth blend and the Bass brush and doing oil pulling in the morning, my teeth are cleaner, my breath is better, and my gums are happier than they have been in a long time.

1984 – Unsupervised practice: dental hygienist practice without the supervision of a dentist is allowed in hospitals, group homes, nursing homes, home health agencies, Health and Human Service state institutions, jails, and public health facilities as long as the hygienist refers their patients to a dentist for treatment. Hygienists must have at least two years of work experience within the last 5 years.[44]
Several years ago Sonicare came out with their click-on brush head design. These brushes snap in place over a rod that extends from the toothbrush’s body. (We discuss the advantages of this design below.)
Please do NOT believe what you read!!! I work at a dental office as an assistant and have for 17 years, if your teeth look like this you MUST seek professional help to clean your teeth and have good overall health for your body. You can NOT take care of this on your own.
Sonimart makes a replacement brush Sonimart Standard Replacement Toothbrush Heads for Philips Sonicare ProResults HX6013, HX6014 4 pack that sells on Amazon for $14.95. Amazon labels these as the #1 best seller, and 2,180 reviews give them an average of 4.3 of 5 stars. What do you think of these?
Smoking is one of the leading risk factors associated with periodontal diseases.[45][46] It is thought that smoking impairs and alters normal immune responses, eliciting destructive processes while inhibiting reparative responses promoting the incidence and development of periodontal diseases.[47]
That said, I was working full time and making a solid salary, but I went into hygiene with the same idea you have. I am in school again and working two days a week. I actually got a raise switching to part time (2days/week) (lost my benefits though – something to consider), but am making almost the same salary as I was working full time.
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The Oral-B Vitality electric toothbrush provides a superior clean vs. a regular manual toothbrush. The round shape of the Floss Action toothbrush head is designed to clean tooth by tooth, and its MicroPulse bristles reach deep between teeth. 2D cleaning action oscillates and rotates for better plaque removal than a regular manual toothbrush and an in-handle timer helps you brush for a dentist-recommended 2 minutes. Best of all, it’s brought to you by Oral-B – the brand used by dentists worldwide.

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Much like other higher end Philips toothbrushes, this model gradually increases the brushing intensity. This allows the user to get used to the brush over time. This feature is especially helpful if you are switching from a manual toothbrush. The first couple of brushes with this Sonicare model felt like tickling. I was not sure if I was doing enough, and yet my teeth felt really polished.
So we looked for, at minimum, brushes with a two-minute timer, but still wanted to test higher-end brushes to compare their usability against that of the simplest models. We eliminated brushes without rechargeable batteries because loose batteries are a hassle and a waste. We also eliminated models that were reviewed as loud or having either short battery life or a too-small range of compatible brush heads. If a brush was compatible with a wide range of brush heads, that was a small point in its favor.
This discussion however relates how two Sonicare publications reported that two different models whitened teeth to the same degree, yet at that point in time when the separate studies were done, only one of the brushes actually featured a fancy whitening mode. The other just the standard 31,000 stroke/min mode.
Second, we only reviewed toothbrushes that are using rechargeable batteries. We have come to the conclusion that the rechargeable models are far better investments then the ones that use disposable batteries. Following this, we were able to lower the number of toothbrushes we wanted to review to 52.
This page takes you through a comparison of the current Sonicare rechargeable electric toothbrush line up, in an attempt to single out those select models that tend to make a better choice in terms of function and value (are a “best-buy”).
Tartar control toothpaste. There are specialized toothpastes on the market that are specifically designed to control tartar buildup. Some of them also contain triclosan, an antibiotic that can kill off cavity-causing bacteria.
Additional Oral-b features – Information about the Oral-b Bluetooth/Smartphone app and the wireless Smartguide, as well as what we think of them. Also details about Oral-b brushing timers, quadrant timers and brushing pressure indicators, as well as charging units, operating voltages and battery types.
Programs typically take 3 years to complete, and offer laboratory, clinical, and classroom instruction. Areas of study include physiology, nutrition, radiography, pathology, medical ethics, anatomy, patient management, and periodontics, which is the study of gum disease.
The first independent non-military training began in 1994.[12] Otago Polytechnic began offering a 15-month Certificate in Dental Hygiene in Dunedin.[12] In 1998, the programme was modified to be a 2-year Diploma.[12] Otago Polytech stopped offering the course in 2000.[12] The following year, University of Otago began offering a 2-year Diploma in Dental Hygiene qualification.[12] In 2002, the university added a 3-year Bachelor of Health Sciences (endorsed in Dental Hygiene) degree alongside the Diploma.[12] This course was discontinued in 2007, when the current 3 year Bachelor of Oral Health commenced.[12]
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We do think Sonicare toothbrushes are great and important products but just for one main reason, their full-power 31,0000 brush-strokes-per-minute brushing action. (This is labeled as “Clean” mode on almost all models.)
Despite the lower battery life, this is still one of the best go-to budget electric toothbrushes currently available. Philips has clearly improved on the previous model by adding their favorite QuadPacer, SmarTimer, and EasyStart modes.
Locate plaque using a stain. Plaque is practically invisible, so it can be very difficult to know how much is on your teeth. To overcome this, you can purchase “disclosing tablets” in the grocery or drugstore. Once chewed, these tablets will stain the plaque on your teeth bright red, making it easy for you to examine your teeth for plaque and identify the areas you need to target with a toothbrush.
You may not be aware of this but the whole reason to buy a Sonicare is because of its full-power 31,000 brushstrokes-per-minute brushing action. (In some promotional materials this may be stated as the equivalent 62,000 brush movements/minute.)
^ Jump up to: a b Iinuma T, Arai Y, Abe Y, Takayama M, Fukumoto M, Fukui Y, et al. “Denture wearing during sleep doubles the risk of pneumonia in the very elderly.” Journal of Dental Research. 2015;94(3_suppl):28S–36S.
Correct teeth brushing remains essential to a good oral health. Unfortunately, many of us rush through this exercise in order to get it done. This way a lot of destructive bacteria remains and slowly causes the formation of plaque and eventually tooth decay.
Sorry I’m a bit confused. Are you saying you’re not pleased with our review because we didn’t include the voltage information and whether or not the toothbrush will work while traveling abroad? Not being snarky, just trying to get a better idea of why you’re disappointed with this.
Bacteria tends to grow in dark, warm and moist places. Keeping your toothbrush covered or stored in a closed container might lead to problems. Let your toothbrush air dry in a holder that allows it to stand up without touching the bristles or other toothbrushes. Replacing your toothbrush every three-to-four months is also important. Avoid sharing toothbrushes as well.

Lastly, we read a lot of articles from the American Dental Association and other independent oral health organizations, such as the Cochrane Collaboration. This helped us trim down our initial list of 107 electric toothbrushes and 38 manufacturers, down to 52 models from 16 different brands. Out of that number, we were able to pick 7.
To become a dental hygienist, you’ll need either a 2- or 4-year degree in dental hygiene. Most programs are two years long and lead to an associate’s degree. They are offered through community colleges and technical colleges.
The DiamondClean Smart line has been introduced. These brushes can be considered to be Sonicare’s top-of-the-line models, with a hefty price to match. As you’d expect, they can be used with a Sonicare brushing app on your smartphone.
The dental hygienists in some parts of North America can provide oral hygiene treatment based on the assessment of a patient’s needs without the authorization of a dentist, treat the patient in absence of a dentist, and also maintain a provider-patient relationship.
The flexibility of the string allows to wrap it up around the tooth and scrape off stubborn plaque residue. Traditional floss is also very cost effective when compared to electric toothbrushes and their inevitable need for replacement parts.
If I have to touch a not clean enuf for me item, (like everywhere) or want to clean my toothbrush over night, I just reach for my bottle of vinegar. Vin is also fab for cleaning the M/Wave,Hob,oven fronts, windows, mirror,you name it. Use it on a few pieces of kitchen roll and you will just love the shine. It can stops unsightly fungus in its tracks, from growing under finger and toe nails. Just fill under the nail cavity with vin/water using a medicine dropper and keep nail upright for a while to dry. As the nail grows, it will become good again. When my husband came home from hospital with his back covered in spots, I washed him with vin. and on telling a Dr. he said I had done the best possible thing, and that vinegar was all there had been to keep bugs at bay during WW1 & 2. Remember, 50-50 white vinegar and water for bugs, cleaning and shine, but brown vinegar for food. I also cleaned a 60 odd year old, well used, EP&S tablespoon spoon. I stood it in an inch of vin overnight. The result was one inch bright and clean the rest of it was still quite tarnished, result – I put the whole spoon in vin the next night. great and I can still use my grandmothers spoon with love. A litre of vinegar can cost as little as 86p and you can pick it up when shopping. Saves a visit to the Dr. who will give you ‘STUFF’ we know could be harmful or a trip to the Chemist where they will charge o lot of money for few applications of medication. And no I don’t own a vinegar shop. Oh, to say nothing of fish and chips!
And finally, snacking on aged cheeses (like Swiss or cheddar) can be a great way to neutralize the acids that accumulate right after meals. As these acids are what contribute to plaque build ups, you now have a perfectly valid excuse to be indulging your penchant for fine fromages. According to scientists, there is an element in aged cheese that acts as a buffering agent and a barrier for plaque. You can also find the same element in peanuts and sesame seeds.  
People used to think that as you got older you naturally lost your teeth. We now know that’s not true. By following easy steps for keeping your teeth and gums healthy – plus seeing your dentist regularly — you can have your teeth for a lifetime!
Picked up this unit a few weeks after a dental cleaning. After 5 1/2 months of using it the tartar that would normally be on the back of my lower incisors was virtually nonexistent. The dental hygienist probably spent half the time she normally does scraping and picking. She noticed a big difference.
This is by no stretch of the imagination the most technological electric toothbrush on the market. As a matter of fact, it is quite the opposite. While it does have the patented 3D cleaning action (oscillating, pulsating and vibrating), a functioning pressure sensor and a timer, the 1000 series comes only with one cleaning mode. Despite being short on cleaning functions, we found this toothbrush to be quite effective in removing plaque.
Unfortunately, our website doesn’t have the resources of a big organization (like Consumer Reports for example) who might run dozens of each model for weeks on end to evaluate reliability. Or scientifically measure how the brushing action of one compares to another. So, actually quantifying model differences isn’t really something we can do.
After some thorough research and after comparing different models with their prices and features, we have narrowed down the list of sonic toothbrushes to four best models. Below the Philips Sonicare toothbrush comparison chart you can read the benefits of the technology used by these units and Philips Sonicare toothbrush reviews for each of the top picks.
I find this very interesting. I have never had an electric toothbrush last more than a couple of years before the battery dies out (slowly at first, then completely). I am actually on this discussion board because the battery on the Oral B, bought approx. 2-3 years ago, now needs an every-other-day charge.
On the other end of the spectrum, dental hygienists in Kansas have a much broader list of allowable job duties, with most functions permitted to be performed under the general supervision of a licensed dentist. The only function that needs to be completed under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist in Kansas is the administration of local anesthesia, and the only function not allowed to be performed is the placement of sutures.
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It’s a good idea to clean your toothbrush on a regular basis. Some models, like the TAO Aura Clean, come with cleaning stations that use UV light to clean your electric toothbrush. While these are convenient, they aren’t really necessary. Studies show that simply rinsing your toothbrush under hot water will do the job. In addition, experts suggest storing your toothbrush in an open-air holder — don’t cover your toothbrush head. For those who do want a deeper clean, soaking the toothbrush head in antibacterial mouthwash or peroxide will do the trick.
Community water fluoridation is the addition of fluoride to adjust the natural fluoride concentration of a community’s water supply to the level recommended for optimal dental health, approximately 1.0 ppm (parts per million).[40] Fluoride is a primary protector against dental cavities. Fluoride makes the surface of teeth more resistant to acids during the process of remineralization. Drinking fluoridated water is recommended by some dental professionals while others say that using toothpaste alone is enough. Milk and cheese are also rich in calcium and phosphate, and may also encourage remineralization. Foods high in fiber may help to increase the flow of saliva and a bolus of fibre like celery string can force saliva into trapped food inside pits and fissures on chewing surfaces where over 80% of cavities occur, to dilute carbohydrates like sugar, neutralize acid and remineralize teeth on easy to reach surfaces.
It seems to us that you could make that case. But we’d also suggest that setting that requirement might indicate that the way the brush is being used isn’t the manner for which it was designed. We’ll also state that the purpose of our review is one of making reasonable choices, balancing cost and capabilities.
In 1910 the Ohio College of Dental Surgery offered a formal course for dental nurses. However, dentists in Ohio strongly opposed the formal training school, and those who completed the coursework were never allowed to practice. The course was soon to be discontinued in 1914 due to the backlash from the dental community.[9]
They are actually quieter and vibrates less than older models including DiamondClean. I do not know if they simply swapped connecting part or they did redesign entire upper half; but it is smooth. It may be that since it is bigger, it acts as a better counterbalance to vibration.
Provides Gentle Brushing. If you have sensitive gums, brushing causes a lot of pain and discomfort. Sonic toothbrushes feature brush heads with soft bristles that are designed for gentle brushing. Also, these brushes have a separate sensitive mode of brushing.
If you’ve left the field for a time because of family or other work commitments but are interested in returning to dental hygiene as your career, you’ll find re-entry education courses to help you get there. The good thing about re-entry programs is that schools will often tailor them to your needs, though most require a pre-screening or phone interview to determine whether or not you are eligible. You also must have graduated previously from an accredited dental hygienist program. Most re-entry programs require more than one participant, and may also require you to do your clinical work on weekends.
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We will point out that Sonicare has used the word “reminder” when naming these bristles, meaning they’re not necessarily a precise indicator. Online user comments we read typically stated that the color change signaled replacement before a full 3 months had lapsed.
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Strawberries and tomatoes have good quantities of vitamin C which is excellent for oral health. Rub these fruits directly onto your teeth and let sit for 5 minutes, this will soften any tartar build-up. Then rinse your mouth with baking soda mixed with warm water to remove plaque, leaving you with super-clean pearly whites. You can also use other vitamin C rich foods like bell peppers, berries, lemons, papaya, oranges, and lime in the same way. Do this about 2-3 times per week to remove plaque buildup that occurs through everyday eating.
I tried one of these. Yes, the frequency is traded against amplitude but the movement is so small that when the tip of a bristle is pressed against a tooth it stops moving almost entirely while the shaft of the bristle continues to move.
Dr. Katia Friedman, dentist and owner of Friedman Dental Group, explained that, “When we brush by hand, we average about 300 strokes per minute, which isn’t bad. But electric toothbrushes can average up to 31,000 to 40,000 strokes per minute. One of the main benefits of the vibrations or oscillations is that it cleans your teeth more thoroughly — it eliminates plaque and bacteria better than a manual toothbrush due to the increased number of strokes that it provides.”
I personally preferred the Sonicare. Perhaps my Oral-B was told tech (likely), but I much preferred the vibrations to the rotating head. Also the batter life was abysmal… currently I go about 2 months on a charge on the Sonicare.
Sucrose is used by Streptococcus mutans bacteria to produce biofilm. The sucrose is split by glucansucrase, which allows the bacteria to use the resulting glucose for building glucan polymer film and the resulting fructose as fuel to be converted to lactic acid.
The fluid forces that were generated by the sonic toothbrush were able to produce the following cleaning effects in the listed time frames. 58% plaque reduction at 5 seconds, 63% plaque reduction at 10 seconds, 76% plaque reduction at 15 seconds.
For the jock itch part (its fungal) I take a large cup like from 7-11 and use as much Apple Cider Vin as you want with warm water and pour it on the area.. after a few treatments in the shower, issue goes away.