After sorting through the dental care research, which is littered with (unusable) clinical studies sponsored by the companies that make the toothbrushes being tested, we’ve learned that all you really need out of an electric toothbrush is a two-minute timer to make sure you brush your teeth for the right amount of time. Manufacturers have blown up the high end with scientific-sounding “features” like cleaning modes and UV lights; nothing proves these other features work, let alone that they are necessary (see The features you don’t need). All an electric toothbrush can really offer is automation of the brushing process by adding a timer and easing some of the physical labor, according to the professors and dentist we spoke to.
I just got the Oral B Pro 1000 recommended here last week ($22 on Amazon after a $10 off coupon!), and I wanted to let you know it does actually have the 30 second indicator in addition to the 2 minute indicator. Perhaps this is a feature they’ve added since this review was written. My toothbrush does a short stutter every 30 seconds and a longer stutter at the 2 minute mark.
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.
Additional Sonicare features – We discuss Sonicare’s UV brush head sanitizer in this section. We also explain features and issues associated with Sonicare battery types, charging units, working voltages, battery replacement and travel features.
UV sanitizer – on the flex Platinum model of Sonicare toothbrush, the UV brush head sanitizer is offered. This can give you some peace of mind that your toothbrush head will be clean, but it is not a really essential for cleaning your toothbrush as you can simply run it underwater in the traditional way.
Sonic or ultrasonic toothbrushes vibrate at a high frequency with a small amplitude, and a fluid turbulent activity that aids in plaque removal. The rotating type might reduce plaque and gingivitis compared to manual brushing, though it is currently uncertain whether this is of clinical significance. The movements of the bristles and their vibrations help break up chains of bacteria up to 5mm below the gum line. 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.
That salary information is wrong! I’ve been a dental hygienist for ten years and on average, a full time, 32 hours per week, hygienist makes about 42,000$ per year. It’s a bad career choice with no way out. The statement that hygienists are in demand in also incorrect. In most of the southeastern states the market is saturated. Too many hygienists! Dentists won’t advertise job openings anymore because they get hit with so many applicants!
Also, on that note, you can disinfect BETTER with first soaking in vinegar, than soak it in hydrogen peroxyde, but dont use them together (dont mix them in a container together, it could turn into acid…)
Jump up ^ Re, D, Augusti, G, Battaglia, D, Giannì, A B, & Augusti, D. (2015). “Is a new sonic toothbrush more effective in plaque removal than a manual toothbrush?” European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry: Official Journal of European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry, 16(1), 13-8.
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.
My current sonicare died and I was very confused about the differences between the many, many models. Your excellent review helped me make up my mind as to a replacement. After perusing ebay (be careful about “used!”) I’ve ordered a replacement that was a good bit less expensive than the price quoted in your article. Thanks again!
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Sounds like the author is on the take from Oral B. The tone of this article is “no matter what, buy from Oral B.” If he admits the Sonicare is better, he says “but the Oral B is cheaper.” If he acknowledges that the Sonicare brush has better coverage, he says “the Oral B gets into tighter spaces.”
Sonicare Essence is the best among the basic sonic toothbrushes. It’s got nice features for an effective cleaning and for an affordable price. However, for those who want more features like a quadpacer, more modes, and a more sleek design, the above options are more suitable.
Gum disease – if your home care routine of brushing and flossing has slipped and you have skipped your regular dental cleanings, bacterial plaque and tartar can build up on your teeth. The plaque and tartar, if left untreated, may eventually cause irreparable damage to your jawbone and support structures, and could lead to tooth loss.
Keep reading for some handy hints and tips on avoiding plaque build ups altogether. This is the single best way to approach the problem, because prevention is always cheaper than the cure when it comes to dentistry. If you can stop plaque and tartar from building up in the first place, you have a much better chance of keeping all of your teeth healthy.
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.
The Sonicare 2 includes the two-minute timer and rechargeable battery. When we first tested this model, it did not have the 30-second pacing timer, but we recently confirmed with Philips that current Series 2 handles now come with a quadrant timer. We don’t think the pacing timer is absolutely necessary, but it’s nice that the line now has this feature.
Hi, I’ve been a dental hygienist for almost 9 years and even though I’m currently in the midst of re-negotiating my pay and benefits with my employer, I have been very satisfied with my career overall. I did start out working for different offices but as of the last 6 years or so I’m only at one office and sometimes get calls to sub for another office (for a hygienist on vacation or something). I live in California and my lowest annual income was $68K and that was for working about 3 days a week. Last year I worked 4 days a week and made almost $89K. As a single parent of a daughter about to go off to college I can honestly say it is a great career if you want to be on your own two feet. I get 3 days of sick pay, 4 days of vacation and profit sharing. I was offered medical but it was too expensive so I got my own individual plans. Every career has it’s trade offs, burn outs, complaints and aches and pains but I would pick this one all over again if given the choice.
• Removes up to 100% more plaque than a manual toothbrush. • Brush head system: Easy snap-on brush heads for optimal hygiene. • 44% more bristles for a more thorough clean. Provides a superior clean. …
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.
As compared to higher-end Sonicare’s, this brush’s mechanism seems noisy and less refined. Some commenters on this page have complained that they consider this brush under powered as compared to models they have used before. (We have more to say about these issues below.)
Pro 8000 allows for a 16-degree tooth cleaning and it comes with 6 different cleaning modes to accommodate users with more sensitive teeth and gums. The greatest downside is that the price tag is at around $120.
Eventually, the plaque grows enough that oxygen can no longer penetrate it. This kills off the aerobic bacteria, which need oxygen to live. At this point, anaerobic bacteria of many kinds begin to colonize the plaque. S. mutans is facultatively anaerobic, meaning that it can survive without oxygen if it needs to. The S. mutans and other anaerobic bacteria use biochemical fermentation pathways to break down sucrose, which generates lactic acid as a byproduct. This lactic acid can decrease the plaque’s pH to 5.5 or lower, which is the threshold at which enamel demineralization can occur.
Chlorhexidine gluconate is an antiseptic mouthrinse that should only be used in two-week time periods due to brown staining on the teeth and tongue. Compared to essential oils, it is more efficacious in controlling plaque levels, but has no better effect on gingivitis and is therefore generally used for post-surgical wound healing or the short-term control of plaque.
FlexCare . FlexCare Healthy White. Does NOT include Sonicare toothbrush. Includes toothbrush heads only. Reminder bristles let you know when to change brush heads: Smart reminder bristles. After about…
Teeth Whitening and Stain Removing. The fast speed of strokes helps to effectively deal with stains on the teeth. Generally, people who have been using a toothbrush with sonic technology for a week have noted that their teeth got a shade brighter. These toothbrushes also sometimes or offer to buy additionally special brush heads specifically designed for polishing and whitening the teeth.
Proper brushing, especially with a tartar control toothpaste, and flossing are necessary to reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Once tartar has formed, only your dentist or dental hygienist can remove it professionally.
As of 2011, dental hygienists earned an average wage of $33.31 an hour and a mean annual income of $69,760, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median-earning 50 percent of the approximately 184,110 dental hygienists employed in the United States earned between $27.38 and $40.05 an hour and reported annual salaries ranging from $56,950 to $83,310.
However, sonic toothbrushes can produce a secondary effect described in a handful of studies involving fluid dynamics. Independent research does show that the fluid dynamics generated by a toothbrush moving at high frequency can “remove bacteria in vitro even at distances up to 4 mm beyond the tips of the bristles” (Stanford, 1997). The efficacy of this movement varied depending on the distance and time spent, and nothing will remove 100 percent of the bacteria/plaque all the time, but this is a significant, if secondary, effect generated by a “sonic” toothbrush.
When you consider the long-term use of a sonic toothbrush over years and decades, it only makes sense that the additional non-contact cleaning effect it creates may be significant (as compared to conventional electric or manual toothbrushes which don’t provide this benefit).
All of the toothbrushes in our Best Sonicare list (and probably all of the Sonicare models that you’ll currently find for sale) offer the option of being able to use at least some type of Compact head.
Just a little FYI, make sure you are replacing your brush at least every 4-6 months because the bristles truly are not cleaning as effectively any longer. That’s not just a gimmick to get you to buy a new one 😉 The tips of the bristles become rough & aren’t working the same. Also if your bristles are flayed, then you NEED a new one! You also need to stop scrubbing with so much pressure.
It’s important to note that the DiamondClean is a sonic model, which can tickle or be uncomfortable for sensitive teeth. If you have sensitive teeth, go for the Oral-B 8000 would be our recommendation, even though we didn’t love its usability as much as the DiamondClean. (We actually prefer the rubber grip of the Oral-B 8000 over the smooth handle of the DiamondClean.) But the DiamondClean is definitely easier to hold and maneuver. In fact, our tester who found the DiamondClean ticklish reported that “actually for maneuverability the narrow head of the DiamondClean came in quite handy. It was easier to get around the back teeth than the bigger Oral-B head.”
The easiest way to keep your toothbrush clean is to rinse it with hot water (hot water cleans and kills germs easier) before and after brushing. Use your thumb and move it back and forth against the bristles while underneath or in water. It is important to do it before brushing as well as after because airborne bacteria or other particles such as dust may have settled on the toothbrush since your last brushing.
The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends replacing your toothbrush with a new one every 3-4 months. Personally, I think this is way too long. If you take your time as you brush and if you brush 3 times a day, then the bristles on your toothbrush should be looking pretty haggard at about a months time. Once the bristles get frayed and bent the effectiveness of your toothbrush is drastically lowered. Once your toothbrush isn’t performing as well as it used to, it is time to replace it.
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
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.
Pressure Sensor: A pressure sensor will notify you if you are brushing too hard, which Dr. Glassman explained “can irritate the gums, causing soreness or bleeding. Over a long period of time, this kind of heavy brushing could cause conditions such as gum recession.” Highly recommended by our experts, a pressure sensor will buzz, flash a light, or even pause brushing to let you know you need to ease up a little. In theory, a pressure sensor is great for improving technique, but sometimes it can take an excessive amount of pressure to activate them. Since this isn’t a foolproof feature, we didn’t make it a dealbreaker, but we brought in several brushes with pressure sensors across different price points to see how this feature ranked with our testers.