Ready to enter the dental hygiene profession? The following list provides the latest entry-level programs for dental hygiene degrees or certificates. For more on accreditation status of a specific program, please contact the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
If you plan on buying a pair for you and your partner, I strongly suggest buying from Costco for their lifetime return policy. They have comparable Oral-B and SonicCare models and regularly run sales.
Jump up ^ Haas AN, Wagner TP, Muniz FWMG, Fiorini T, Cavagni J, Celeste RK. “Essential oils-containing mouthwashes for gingivitis and plaque: Meta-analyses and meta-regression.” Journal of Dentistry. 2016;55:7–15.
Dental plaque, also known as dental biofilm, is a sticky, yellow film consisting of a wide range of bacteria which attaches to the tooth surfaces and can be visible around the gum line. It starts to reappear after the tooth surface has been cleaned, which is why regular brushing is encouraged. A high-sugar diet encourages the formation of plaque. Sugar (fermentable carbohydrates), is converted into acid by the plaque. The acid then causes the breakdown of the adjacent tooth, eventually leading to tooth decay.
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.
Not only is this a 2 pack bundle of one of the best electric toothbrushes on the market (that’s 2 handles — not just 2 heads and hassle swapping!), it also includes 2 travel caps, 2 travel hard cases and a travel charger. The UV sanitizer is built into the base unit. This brush uses Philips flagship sonic cleaning system which claims to remove up to 100% more staining, and 7x more plaque than a normal toothbrush. It’s been shown to improve gum health in just 2 weeks. Users even say the UV sanitizer makes a noticeable difference.
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.
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.)
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.
It is usually common sense for adults not to swap toothbrushes with each other, but young children need to be taught which toothbrush is theirs and to only use their toothbrush. Color coding or writing names on the toothbrush will help. When people use each others toothbrushes the also swap each other’s germs and could easily cause sickness.
Jump up ^ Stafford GD, Arendorf T, Huggett R. “The effect of overnight drying and water immersion on candidal colonization and properties of complete dentures.” Journal of Dentistry. 1986;14(2):52–56.
Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from providing patient care and taking x rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where they work.
If you’re ready to purchase one of our five finalists, check out the matrix above. But if you’d like to learn more about not just our top picks, but electric toothbrushes and oral hygiene in general, read on. Up ahead: clean, healthy teeth. Your mouth is going to thank you.
Do not boil, microwave, or place your toothbrush in the dishwasher in order to sanitize it because these may damage your toothbrush. In order to sanitize your toothbrush all you need to do is soak it in an antibacterial solution for at least 10 minutes. Solutions you may use for cleaning are: antibacterial mouthwash that contains alcohol, mixture of 1/3 bleach and 2/3 water, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar.
I always had great teeth but I took it for granted. I then lost a tooth and after all the grief of that happening I only brush with the recommended Sonicare brushes. I brush twice a day, floss every single tooth daily and use antiseptic mouthwash for at least 30 seconds. It must say antiseptic on the bottle. My teeth have been perfect now for years.
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.
The first independent non-military training began in 1994. Otago Polytechnic began offering a 15-month Certificate in Dental Hygiene in Dunedin. In 1998, the programme was modified to be a 2-year Diploma. Otago Polytech stopped offering the course in 2000. The following year, University of Otago began offering a 2-year Diploma in Dental Hygiene qualification. In 2002, the university added a 3-year Bachelor of Health Sciences (endorsed in Dental Hygiene) degree alongside the Diploma. This course was discontinued in 2007, when the current 3 year Bachelor of Oral Health commenced.
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.
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.
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.
The Flexcare+ model is expensive, but it is really worth the (extra) money. It is rarely I am so happy with a product. The only negative things about it is that the charging time is little long, but on the other hand the time between the charging is around the 3 weeks claimed from Philips, which is excellent. The dropping in performance is not disturbing at all. You will notice a powerup after charging, but it runs very good until you need to charge it and the brushing experience is at an extremely high level all the time.
As another alternative to Sonicare, you might consider the WaterPik Sensonic Professional Plus (SR-3000). As with the Pulsonic, its features list places it in the same general category as the Sonicare models we discuss on this page.
There have been studies done that small amounts of germs become airborne from the toilet whenever it is flushed. Due to this knowledge some people store their toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible. Really it only needs to be 2-3 feet away from the mouth of the toilet bowel, and even then it is not proven that the trace amounts of germs collected on the toothbrush will adversely affect one’s health at all. Just to be sure, I would discourage storing toothbrushes on the toilet tank.
Sonicare is one of the best selling Philips toothbrushes around. It provides sonic technology, which is perfect for sweeping away the plaque and the bacteria from your teeth as well as breaking down bacteria and debris that may have managed to sink below the gum line. As different users have different requirements and needs, there are a few different brush heads that you can choose from for these electric toothbrushes. Read on to find out more about the kinds of sonicare toothbrushes that you can choose from.
One of the main contributions of the new study is that it shows key differences between the macrophages of the Alzheimer’s patients and of the healthy controls, and that within the Alzheimer’s patients, there were differences in macrophages.
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.
Whether this is something you have always suffered from or whether as a result of surgery or infection, then there are options which can ease the process of cleaning your teeth with a Sonicare electric brush, but still bring many of the benefits.
Spend about $70, and your brush comes with a travel case and a few extra cleaning modes, which vibrate the brush at different patterns or frequencies. These brushes also tend to move at a higher frequency, to the tune of 30,000 to 40,000 movements per minute, as opposed to a lower-end brush’s 8,000 to 20,000 movements per minute. There isn’t a proven difference in effectiveness between faster and slower brush movements in existing independent research. We found only one small, old, imperfect study that compared brushes with 2,100, 2,500, and 3,500 brushstrokes per minute and found that the middle frequency was the most effective at removing plaque (“at most 1.5 times better” than the other frequencies and yielded “about 50 percent fewer plaque sites” than the highest frequency). Respondents also said it was the most comfortable frequency. However, there were only 10 participants, they brushed under supervision only some of the time, and they used each toothbrush for only three days.
A Bachelor of Oral Health is the most common degree program. Students entering a bachelor’s degree program are required to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Most Bachelor of Oral Health programs now qualify students as both dental hygienists and dental therapists, collectively known as oral health therapists.
Keep an eye on how hard you are brushing your teeth. You should not be placing a great pressure on them. It will not clean your teeth faster or better; be reasonably gentle and use a soft bristled brush for comfort. It is a common misconception to believe that hard bristled brushes are better at getting rid of plaque.
We’ll mention that we actually consider price to be a valid way of making comparisons among the Sonicare brushes. Some years ago we leaned toward the lower-priced Sonicare 2 and 3 Series brushes as being best choices/best values. But website visitor feedback regarding their opinion about mechanism refinement and reliability helped to guide us toward deciding that the HealthyWhite made the better choice.
In Australia it is a legal requirement for dental hygienists/ oral health therapist graduates to be registered with the Dental Board of Australia before practising their scope in periodontology in any state or territory in Australia.
Lithium ion batteries offer some advantages. Due to their smaller size, the bodies of models that have them tend to be lighter and sleeker. Additionally, the nature of these batteries offers recharging and performance advantages.
One study published in the Journal of Cancer Prevention Research found that poor oral health can increase your chances of getting an oral human papilloma virus infection, which can lead to developing certain oral cancers.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that all of the bargain models aren’t good brushes or can’t be effective when used. In fact, some of them represent the best Sonicares of yesteryear (the Essence and its updated version the Essence+ models).
^ 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.
We couldn’t give Greater Goods our top spot because it doesn’t really do a better job than the Sonicare 2 Series. But those who choose the Greater Goods Balance can expect a comfortable sonic toothbrush while giving back to those in need. For us, that’s worth a mention.
“I cannot recommend this toothbrush enough. I have sensitive gums, so the three intensity levels are a nice feature. It also does an excellent job of plaque removal. You’ll still need to floss, but there won’t be much left at all, as seen by using plaque-disclosing tabs. The most noticeable difference is the whitening effect, too. I dipped for 11 years, and it had taken a toll on my teeth. This brush has definitely made a difference in that department. I’ll see if I can get dentist pics and update this later, but it’s really been huge. The design of the brush allows it to stay much cleaner than a lot of other electric brushes I’ve had in the past, too, which is nice. No nasty surprises when replacing heads, and it comes with a nice travel case as well. Highly recommended.”