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We’d take that as evidence that consumers generally didn’t find it to be an especially important feature or good value. We had always stated on our pages that we saw no purpose for it. We based our opinion on that of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whose website states that toothbrush sterilization holds little benefit.
You can even make your own mouthwash: You will need one-half cup baking soda, one cup water, 10 drops essential lemon oil, 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin, and 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel. Mix all the ingredients and store in a bottle; use once or twice a day for a combination of nice-smelling breath and plaque removal.
However, and once again like with the 2 Series, comments we’ve read on large retailer websites seem to suggest that first-time buyers tend to be relatively satisfied with this brush (as compared to using their manual one).
I bought Wirecutter’s Oral-B recommendation for a replacement about 9 months ago. I quickly found I couldn’t handle the small round brush head that came with it – it was unpleasant. I need a compact brush head so I purchased the DeepSweep brush head. It was a little big for my preferences but still a better option than the original brush head. That was more $$ on top of the Oral-B price, though still an overall good price. As I traveled with the Oral-B, I became increasingly annoyed by the lack of a sanitary cover accessory. Another difference is my Oral-B base stayed clean (as did my second Sonicare) but the Oral-B charger collected an unbelieveable amount of whitish gunk after just a week or so. Maybe it wouldn’t happen if I was using the small round brush head but my Sonicares did not collect gunk to this extent (some but not as much as Oral-B). So that is another turn off.
When it comes to “whitening teeth” all any toothbrush can do is either: 1) Remove surface staining that has built up on the tooth’s surface (accomplished by the actual scrubbing action of the brush on the teeth) or 2) Prevent surface staining from forming (prevent the build up of debris on the tooth’s surface, which then stains – two separate events, that might occur concurrently).
Extremely happy with these heads. A great value compared to the Sonicare name brand heads. My wife actually prefers the feel of them to the others. I don’t differ on the two, other than they are ton cheaper and work just as well, so how can you go wrong.
Q: How did the noise on the Sonicare Series 2 compare with the other Sonicare brushes you tested? The reviews on Amazon seem to indicate that it’s significantly louder and that the heads don’t fit as well.
As the son of a dentist (sounds bad, doesn’t it!) I can attest to people not brushing enough… I saw this many times, self-reported from patients. The timer helps, but I don’t believe that this is the only factor.
The overall appearance of the station is quite nice. It is not bulky or heavy, and it’s simple to use and operate. The brush has two speed levels. For me, the main power level tickles my gums, so I use the sensitive setting and it works much better.
I like the product very much. I just received it yesterday, but I was having trouble with the connection. The usb did not fit well into the plug provided by the product. The light did not go on, so I knew it was not cleaning the brush. I connected the usb to my cell phone charger plug and it works well. I would like the company to send me a replacement plug, so I don’t have to use my cell charger.
A 2014 study published in the Journal of Oral Health and Dental Management found that aloe vera demonstrates a similar effect on plaque and gingivitis compared with the benchmark control chlorhexidine mouthwash.
Like most electric toothbrushes by Philips, this one also comes with a rechargeable Lithium ION battery. Once fully charged, the battery should be able to last you 3 weeks if you brush twice a day using the “clean” setting. The “deep clean” setting is likely to exhaust the battery faster because it is operating at a higher speed and producing more brush strokes per minute.
This toothbrush work great for about a month. Then the power began to wane and is now completely dead and does not work. I bought this toothbrush in December so it didn’t even last 6 months. My fiance has a toothbrush as well bought at the same time and while her still turns on the power is definitely not the same period I suspect hers will be going out soon.
Security: The services that dental hygienists provide are needed and valued by a large percentage of the population. There is currently a great demand for dental hygienists. Employment opportunities will be excellent well into the future. Due to the success of preventive dentistry in reducing the incidence of oral disease, the expanding older population will retain their teeth longer, and will be even more aware of the importance of regular dental care. With the emphasis on preventive care, dentists will need to employ more dental hygienists than ever before to meet the increased demand for dental services.
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.
But a simple rinse doesn’t remove all traces of bacteria anyway, and a damp toothbrush is a fantastic breeding ground for bacteria to spend all night long multiplying. So by morning, your toothbrush still looks clean – but it’s far from sanitary.
There are actually two HealthyWhite+ models, the other one is the HX8918/10 ($130). It comes with a tongue cleaner brush head. We don’t consider that an important feature. Both models come with a travel case.
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.
While home remedies should never be used as a substitute for proper dental treatment, there are some methods that have proved very effective. The following section will outline some of these methods in more detail.
Philips development team have engineered this brush head to make best use of the sonic motion that a Sonicare handle can offer. The dynamic fluid action that is created as a result of the high frequency and high-amplitude brush movements works to offer a deep cleaning action from all areas of the brush head, driving fluid deep between the teeth and along the gumline.
This pack of five toothbrushes will last you more than a year, so it’s a great deal. The colors in your pack will vary. This is an Amazon best seller and has outstanding online reviews. If you have little ones, consider the Nimbus NIMBY Children’s Toothbrush as well.
Download, save and print a PDF of the Dental Hygienist Academic Pathway Chart (November 2010) for information about courses you can take in high school to help prepare you for a career as a dental hygienist.
Water flossing is the most effective method of flossing to remove plaque and tartar base on a number of clinical studies done(2) (3) . With the force of water,r it removes plaque from your tooth in areas where your toothbrush and string floss would not reach . To obtain the best result from a water floss you should use warm water along with a solution to soften the plaque such as the Plax or Periogen. You can read more about the types of water flossers here.
There are a number of ‘travel case’ style units, but this one is much better made than most of them. It’s also FDA registered. Note: this works well for both electric brush heads as well as regular toothbrushes. It’s designed to be for travel purposes, but you can of course use it at home too – it’s got little feet that mean it doesn’t slide around so won’t easily get knocked off the counter top. As a travel unit it runs only from batteries (2 x AAA). The UV treatment starts as soon as you close the case and runs for about 5 to 6 minutes. You should get at least a months use out of 1 set of even average batteries.
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At $165, the DiamondClean is our most expensive toothbrush. But we think it earns its hefty price tag. One of the benefits is the inclusion of a pressure sensor that actually activates without needing an unreasonable amount of pressure. Although we didn’t make pressure sensors a must-have (due to the variability in the technology), the feature came highly recommended from our experts and the DiamondClean’s sensor is top-of-the-line. When even slightly too much pressure is applied, the handle vibrates and a purple light flashes until you ease up. The closest competitor was the Oral-B 8000 which also came with an accurate pressure sensor and app compatibility. However, the core difference between the DiamondClean and Oral-B 8000 came down to usability. In short, the DiamondClean’s features were much easier to use.
We’ve gone through two sets of double Phillips Sonicare Flexcare brushes and love them, except they ALWAYS die, typically within 9 months. Phillips will back them once and send a replacement, but once you’ve passed a year your out of luck. We’ve had all four brushed die within a year, as well as their replacements (undoubtedly refurbs) die all within 6 months. It’s simply not worth the hassle. Now, sadly, I’ll be taking the leap over to Oral B to see if they can provide something that will actually last.
Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.
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.
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).
I used to use a rotating brush and graduated to a Sonicare. No comparison. The small brush simply didn’t clean as well. Could you paint as effectively with a small brush as you could with a big one? The smaller brush simply doesn’t have the same amount of coverage in the same amount of time. I’ve had no problem getting into tight areas with my larger brush. It’s the same as with a manual brush.
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.
Fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride repairs damage to your enamel, as your teeth incorporate fluorapatite into their structure in place of normal hydroxyapatite. Using fluoride regularly protects your teeth from acid damage and decay, and allows demineralized areas to regenerate.
DiamondClean – The DiamondClean Sonicare toothbrush head is one of the most popular brush heads in the Sonicare range. It is able to remove up to 7 times more plaque than you would be able to clean using a standard manual toothbrush. This brush head is so effective at removing plaque and stains that within just 1 week of beginning to use this brush head, you can expect to have removed 100% of the stained from your teeth. There are no other brush heads on the market today that can offer you such great results when it comes to cleaning your teeth for a whiter smile.
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.
Waterik is the undisputed champion when it comes to water flossers. But, not too many people know that they also make a pretty good electric toothbrush. Perhaps, they got tired of the never-ending argument about flossing vs brushing and decided to dominate both sides.
I was a Dental Assistant for many years. I considered becoming a Dental Hygienist but changed my mind for the following reasons. My job was full time. The Hygienist had to work part time at 2 offices. Dentist don’t want to pay the salery for full time employment. I knew hygienist who worked at 3 offices and others who couldn’t find jobs. Some worked through dental employment agency’s, a day here a day there. The agency took a cut of their salary. Dentist cram their hygiene patients into a few days. They don’t want to pay for any benefits. The work is very repetitive, much like an assembly line and sedentary. The hygiene room is usually small. The Hygienist usually sees new patients first. It’s their job to clean up some of the most poorly kept mouths which could be absolutely disgusting with the worst bad breath imaginable. So, even though hygienist make a higher hourly wage, being an assistant proved to be much more interesting and secure.
For the longest time I was convinced that these replacement heads (“E-series”) would not fit my old Sonicare brush base, which I think dates from before 2007. It is the kind where the brush head is perfectly veritical (no angle). From the Sonicare pictures I now think maybe it is one of the “Advance” series – I can’t tell from the markings on the brush base itself, and the packaging is long gone. (See photos I have posted which shows the old base and head.)
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.
This mini-cabinet is big enough for up to 5 toothbrushes or toothbrush heads. Or swap one of those and you can put your razor in here too! You can power it by either batteries (4 x AA) or using the included AC adapter. You can use it on a counter, but it is much better attached to a wall (make sure you mount it properly level for the door to work correctly). The UV light is switched on automatically on closing the door, so as soon as you return your toothbrush it gets zapped. Then the light also automatically activates every 6 hours through the day too. It only runs for 9 minutes each time though so it uses the tiniest amount of electricity – and the UV bulb is rated for 20,000 hours too, so that’s a lot of 9 minute cycles!
Electric toothbrushes are not any more effective at cleaning teeth than regular manually-operated ones. However, some people find that they are inclined to brush their teeth more regularly and for longer when they own an electric toothbrush, so investing in one may not be a bad idea.
An Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene is a two-year program that introduces fundamental topics in dental hygiene and prepares graduates for entry-level positions as dental hygienists. A Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene can be completed in four years of full-time study and is usually offered by schools of dentistry.