Outdated models – We avoided these not because they are out of fashion, but because they are mostly out of support.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.
Compared to Sonicare, you’re much more limited in brush head style and size. However, the small, pointed Precision Tip is a design not duplicated in the Sonicare line and could be a valuable aid for some. Overseas travelers may be inconvenienced by the lack of 220volt charging.
Unfortunately despite being quite well known, the Violife Zapi Luxe UV toothbrush sanitizer range is currently one to avoid. They have proven to be very unreliable and to fail quickly despite being a lot more expensive than the models above. It seems they went for cute over quality. Hopefully they will fix the problems and come back with a better model.
The Oral-B smartphone app is also available for the Pro 7000 model. At first, we were a bit skeptical about the effect that the app would have on brushing habits. But, after using the toothbrush for a week, we got really motivated to pursue that perfect score! In addition, the app is really easy to use, loads fast, and it appears to be bug-free.
As many others have already said, what I received appear to be either non-OEM brush heads, or were defective in some way. In my case, the bristles looked like they had been lopped off with a pair of scissors – they were less than 1/4 of an inch long and cut in a very irregular fashion. Brown cardboard packaging may or may not be from Philips… I will steer clear of these in the future. Thanks Amazon for the refund.
Replace toothbrushes at least every 3–4 months. The bristles become frayed and worn with use and cleaning effectiveness will decrease.11 Toothbrushes will wear out more rapidly depending on factors unique to each patient. Check brushes often for this type of wear and replace them more frequently if needed. Children’s toothbrushes often need replacing more frequently than adult brushes.
If I still had insurance that allowed a dentist, I would go in a heartbeat! Unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen. I am lucky to have enough money for gas a week before I get another check. I will do anything not to get bad teeth until I can get on my feet again after I finish school.
Most brands, Philips included, have a 90 day grace period. Which means, you can still return or exchange the sonic toothbrush if you realize you have not made the right choice. We strongly advise that you take advantage of this warranty.
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.
I’m thoroughly convinced that one reason so many of us have a closet full of clothes we don’t love to wear, is that we shop aimlessly. We buy things JUST because they are on sale. Or JUST because an item is on the new trend list. The problem with that purposeless shopping is we don’t take […]
It is entirely possible that we are overly critical of some features. But, when sonic toothbrush prices range from $25 to $250, a more vigorous strategy towards categorization is needed. And, since we are used to sailing against the current, here are some features that we wittingly did not factor in.
All the big names in electric toothbrushes sell a variety of brush heads that work with their brushes. Along with standard brush heads, you’ll find brush heads for sensitive teeth, orthodontic work, extra whitening, extra plaque removal, and many others.
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.
Don’t let a high salary after 2 yrs of training convince you to become a dental hygienist. As others have said, it is monotonous, leaves you with neck/wrist damage, and doesn’t provide transferable skills to another career. Appt times are getting shorter, so one must cut corners to “complete” procedures. I regret my decision to become an hygienist.
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.
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!
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.
Capable of removing up to 6 times more plaque than a manual toothbrush after 4 weeks use, the densely-packed, and high-quality tufts of bristles found on ProResults Gum Health brush heads help to effectively remove plaque and improve gum health.
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.
To bring this discussion out of theory and into real time use, notice right now while you’re reading this that there is most likely a small pool of saliva under your tongue. This saliva is essentially waiting to be used to support your oral health.
We’d also suggest (although it’s just conjecture on our part) that Sonicare technology of yesteryear carried forward (which is what this brush represents) may offer design and build-quality advantages over newer “economy” models (2 Series, 3 Series) that seem to have only been designed as cheaper Sonicare alternatives.
Regarding storing the toothbrush near toilet: my bathroom is very small so not only do I keep my toothbrush in a small glass of vinegar, I always keep the toilet lid down/closed when not in use. Gotta think this ‘containment’ helps, plus bathroom just looks better!
Thank you for this no nonsense comparison. I don’t need toothbrushes with LCD readouts and 5 different settings. Simpler is better. Because of this article I am getting the EasyClean. After 10 years with my basic Essence model, I need an upgrade and the DiamondClean brush heads will be an improvement too. Again, thank you so much!
NOTE: This is an older sonic model. It is still being sold, and there is still warranty on it. However, we can in no way guarantee how long this will last for. Philips may decide to finally remove this item from the shelves. For now, people seem to love it, so it still stays in production.
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.
Self-care is an incredibly important part of maintaining your oral health, but all the brushing and flossing in the world is no substitute for getting dental cleanings and checkups. With the right dental insurance, dental work can be incredibly affordable. At Guardian Life, we offer a range of dental insurance plans that give you access to a nationwide network of trusted providers. To find out more, visit our site to get a free quote.
Our research showed that the majority of toothbrushes approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as ultrasonic, generate around 196,000,000 movements per minute. This means that they function at around 1.6 Mhz. Unlike oscillating or sonic models, this type uses powerful ultrasound waves to clean below the gum line.
It is your job to keep up with check-ups and appointments. It is not the responsibility of your dentist to make you attend. Once you have missed several consecutive dates, you run the risk of being taken off the patient list at the surgery. So, avoid falling into a dental limbo by maintaining a good dental healthcare routine.
You say an inductive charger, something the overpriced model has, is something buyers don’t need. You may have been mislead by the packaging on that particular model. Your top two picks, and probably all rechargable brushes, use inductive chargers.
From associate’s degrees to master’s degrees, you’ll have plenty of dental hygienist schooling options to choose from. Weigh the differences between the programs to decide which one will bring you closer to your career goals.
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.
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.
If you are prone to developing tartar patches or are worried about plaque, pick up a tartar control toothpaste variety. They contain a concoction of ingredients designed to battle against crusty build ups in the mouth. In some cases, they also contain triclosan. This is an antibiotic substance that can kill off a number of bacteria strains.
While the ADA notes there is no clinical evidence that soaking a toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash has a positive effect, it won’t damage your toothbrush. If you want to sanitize, toothbrush heads should be immersed for about 15 minutes in mouthwash. Any longer could damage the bristles. And don’t share or reuse that mouthwash, it defeats the purpose.