The Goby’s subscription can be set up to send new brush heads every one to three months. (Dentists recommend that you replace your brush every three months, so the more frequent options are not very necessary for a single user.) Amazon does offer subscription deliveries for its products, too, but only for Prime members. The replacement brush heads for the Goby cost $6 with $3 shipping, about the same as the 2 Series replacements and a little more expensive than the Oral-B’s heads.
But the biggest problem with all these techniques is that you will forget to do it – because it’s a major hassle to remember to put your toothbrush in the microwave twice a day! And recover it when you want to clean your teeth. So it simply doesn’t get done. Instead, putting your toothbrush back where it is always kept (in the UV unit where it automatically gets treated) is a total no-brainer in comparison.
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.
But what we can share is this: 1) Our opinion/impression of each of the models (admittedly however unscientific that is), 2) What people have posted in our comments section below (thank you to those who do) and 3) What seems to be the collective opinion of consumers who have posted comments on retailer websites.
The first bacteria to colonize the pellicle after you’ve cleaned your teeth consists of gram positive, rounded aerobic bacteria, especially Streptococcus sanguinis. Within just minutes of initial attachment, the oxygen rich environment inside your mouth causes them to reproduce and grow into micro-colonies. Then, other bacteria join in, notably Streptococcus mutans, one of the main bacterial causes of dental caries. Streptococcus mutans produce an enzyme called glucosyltransferase, which converts sucrose (sugar) into exopolysaccharides. These exopolysaccharides are sticky, allowing more bacteria to adhere.
These numbers don’t mean that you can’t be just as effective in removing plaque with either a manual or conventional toothbrush. But due to their high rate of speed, it’s easy to see why sonics make a good, efficient brushing choice.
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.
Dental hygienists typically need an associate’s degree in dental hygiene. Bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in dental hygiene also are available, but are less common. A bachelor’s or master’s degree usually is required for research, teaching, or clinical practice in public or school health programs.
This is one of Oral-B’s high-end level electric toothbrushes. As such it comes with a lot of shiny and gadget-like options that are meant to make brushing a fun activity. As a matter of fact, this model is so advanced, it comes with its own app available for iOS and Android. Bluetooth connectivity allows the user to track their daily usage and get real-time feedback. The Focused Care feature, as Oral-B call it, is meant to aid users to implement the specific brushing instructions given by their dentist.
However, if you prefer a larger brush, the Deep Sweep has performed favorably to Sonicare brushes in clinical studies: http://www.dentalcare.com/media/en-US/research_db/pdf/products/8week-eval-benefits-multidirectional.pdf
Customer support – How responsive and helpful was support regarding our inquiries. Also, what channels were supported available on (phone, email, etc…). We also considered availability days and hours.
Our testing showed that sensitive modes will reduce the speeds of the toothbrush, which may make them more comfortable for those with sensitive teeth. But the Sonicare is also compatible with brush heads offering softer bristles specifically designed for sensitive teeth. In fact, unlike many others, Sonicare offers a variety of brush heads to help you find the perfect comfort level. In addition, replacing brushing heads feels seamless with the Sonicare — removing and placing a new head took very little effort. Competitors like the Foreo Issa had heads that took a large amount of force to remove — so much so that one of our testers actually rocketed the brushing head across the room.
Brush is still working great, but I have noticed that anything liquid will start to get between the brush-head and the unit. While I wiped it dry with a tower after every use and I cleaned it weekly, as directed, by removing the brush-head and wiping down both the unit and the base, I noticed, after about two months, the metal tip that moves the brush-head was stained a rust-color. I tried removing it with no luck. And while it has not affected the performance of the unit, it is an obvious design-flaw since the unit must be turned upside down to charge and clean, thus letting gravity push the liquid that has seeped between the brush-head rubber and the brush-unit to collect at the base of the brush-head, leaving the metal head to sit in the goop. So now I make sure I clean it with a dry cloth more often and I use a q-tip to remove the saliva, toothpaste, and water that collects inside the brush-head.
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.
NiMH batteries, on the other hand, are not only bigger in size, but also tend to gradually lose their ability to fully recharge. A phenomenon referred to as “memory effect”, a situation that does not affect Lithium Ion batteries.
Sonic toothbrushes usually operate at around 260Hz or 260 times per second. Each vibration creates 2 brush strokes per second. So, in a minute, there are about 31,000 brush strokes, which is 10 times faster than regular electric toothbrushes. Some Philips models have even tested at speeds exceeding 62,000 brush strokes per minute.
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.
We have to assume that these numbers represent the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). But on more than one occasion we found online retailers displaying a higher “listed” price (which makes their “discounted” price look better).
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.
Every state requires dental hygienists to be licensed; requirements vary by state. In most states, a degree from an accredited dental hygiene program and passing grades on written and clinical examinations are required for licensure. To maintain licensure, hygienists must complete continuing education requirements. For specific requirements, contact your state’s Board of Dental Examiners.
I am not a gadget kind of person. I like things to be practical and valuable so I don’t like bells and whistles necessary, especially when they will cost more and I won’t get a lot of use from them. So thank you for making it so straightforward to understand the options that are truly valuable. I’ve ordered my sonicare and am really looking forward to receiving it. Thanks so much for your help!!
The TAO Clean Aura Clean Sonic Toothbrush uses 40,000 tiny brush strokes per minute to sweep away plaque and gently polish away surface stains. Features dual cleaning settings and dentist-recommended 2-minute brush timer
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the estimated growth in employment of dental hygienists is expected to be about 19% between 2014 and 2024 (www.bls.gov). This excellent job growth figure is attributed to the growing number of elderly in the United States and their increased need for dental care. According to the BLS, the median annual salary of a dental hygienist, as of May 2015, was $72,330.
You can see the plaque on your teeth by using Disclosing tablets, these tablets are made of a harmless vegetable dye.It’s hard to see a plaque with the naked eye but with these tablets its stains the teeth and highlight where a plaque is located.Look at the picture all the areas which have the red color has plaque. You can use disclosing tablets by chewing it then swish it around your mouth then rinse with some water.You will now see all the areas which have plaque and you can brush and floss away them away. Disclosing tablets are great to have in your home to teach children to brush their teeth correctly by showing them the calculus build up or the plaque their toothbrush missed. Check it out.
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.
If you keep up with regular dental appointments and check-ups, you are likely to have experienced the professional dental clean. This is like the car wash service of dentistry. It is designed to smooth over those rough edges, spruce up the oral interior, and leave your mouth sparkling and feeling healthy. One of the quickest and easiest ways to do this is to remove plaque and tartar.
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.
I would suggest something other than Phillips. Paid over $100.00 BJ’s, and after 7 months the charger stopped working. You would think they would want you to continue to use their product and offer a replacement charger, but you have to buy another at an approx $30.00 cost with shipping. By the way customer service is not too friendly. Need to buy 2 more brushes and will buy another brand.
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 😉