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For the person who commented about recurring strep throat…gargle with salt water – one part salt to 2 parts warm to hot but not boiling water. Gargle 3x per day for a couple days. The salt kills strep.
If you’re like most people, the toothbrush you use every night to keep your mouth clean may not be clean itself. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, “Limited research has suggested that even after being visibly rinsed clean, toothbrushes can remain contaminated with potentially pathogenic organisms.”[1] Luckily, with proper cleaning and storage habits, your worries about keeping a clean toothbrush can be “brushed” aside.
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Aside from these older tests, we didn’t find any independently conducted research that both draws the conclusion that one model or type is better than another and explains the process and results. And none of our experts differentiated between the plaque removal ability in any of the types or models of brushes available.
Unfortunately, our website doesn’t have the resources of a big organization (like Consumer Reports for example) who might run dozens of each model for weeks on end to evaluate reliability. Or scientifically measure how the brushing action of one compares to another. So, actually quantifying model differences isn’t really something we can do.
Locate plaque using a stain. Plaque is practically invisible, so it can be very difficult to know how much is on your teeth. To overcome this, you can purchase “disclosing tablets” in the grocery or drugstore. Once chewed, these tablets will stain the plaque on your teeth bright red, making it easy for you to examine your teeth for plaque and identify the areas you need to target with a toothbrush.
Sugars are commonly associated with dental cavities. Other carbohydrates, especially cooked starches, e.g. crisps/potato chips, may also damage teeth, although to a lesser degree (and indirectly) since starch has to be converted to glucose by salivary amylase (an enzyme in the saliva) first. Sugars that are higher in the stickiness index, such as toffee, are likely to cause more damage to teeth than those that are lower in the stickiness index, such as certain forms of chocolate or most fruits.
The Dazzlepro Advanced Sonic’s handle is a little large and unwieldy, a satiny plastic tapered toward the middle of the handle, and the charging base is hefty, but this brush does a reasonable approximation of the Sonicare brushes’ motion. The Dazzlepro brush has a separate “sensitive” cleaning mode. However, the company has a lower profile, and the warranty lasts only one year (compared with Sonicare and Oral-B’s two years), so if you need support you may be left wanting. This brush is currently unavailable on Amazon and Overstock.
In doing this review, did you come across the Ultreo line of toothbrushes? I used to use them back in 2007 or so, but the company went out of business in 2009. I recently came across it again, so it looks like it may have been revived. May be worth looking into it.
I considered travel convenience since I am on the move a lot. Both come with travel cases. Oral-B is a nicer looking black case. The Oral-B is made by Braun, and the travel charger uses the same kind of plug as my Braun Series 9.
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!
I am not a dentist, but I do have a powerful story about baking soda. I was visiting my next-door neighbor once, who was in her 80s and she was telling me this story about a time she was in the hospital to have surgery and the nurse said, “Mrs. Boswell, I need you to give me your teeth.” and she replied, “Well, I’d love to except their mine.” And the nurse said, “Now, Mrs. Boswell, you don’t need to be embarrassed. All people your age have false teeth.” My friend replied, “Well, you can try if you like.” The nurse then looked in her mouth and said, “For goodness sakes, those are your teeth!” to which Toggy replied, “I tried to tell you.” Afterwards, she told me that all she used to brush her teeth with her whole life was baking soda. This made more of an impression on me than any other advice could have. And from that day on, I began brushing my teeth with baking soda, and I love it.
To accomplish this with a Sonicare, you simply need to: 1) Pick a brush that has Sonicare’s best brushing action (as discussed above), so this task is as easy for you as possible. 2) Use the brush until that point when you have effective cleaned your teeth (stop when your teeth are clean, not necessarily once the two minute timer has signaled).
A toothbrush’s job is to remove plaque and food particles from the teeth. As a result, it becomes contaminated with bacteria, blood, saliva, and even old toothpaste over time. The American Dental Association recommends that people change their toothbrush every three to four months (even if disinfected), but even this may not be enough to keep a toothbrush from becoming contaminated.And since they aren’t required to be sold in a sterile package, a toothbrush can already have bacteria on it right out of the box [sources: ADA, CDC].
Your small paintbrush analogy befuddles common sense. Your mouth is not large, it is quite small and your teeth occupy only a small portion of the already small mouth. Small canvases call for small brushes to get the details.
No, it does not. But be careful when using stuff like the orange peel. Don’t press too hard and be very gentle with them. Also, if your braces are new, do it at least a week after you get them because they will still be sour then and might hurt if they are new. If you have had them a long time ago, it shouldn’t hurt your braces in any way.
I’m a hygienist and when I was in school all my patients had free dental care and my “student loan” paid for most of it we also went to low income schools taught kids how to floss and brush and gave supplies. So give professions some credit it’s not just professions want your money. I share my education to keep people healthy. But some info here isn’t correct. Baking soda and peroxide are fine you’re okay to use.. acidic will cause perminent damage to teeth overtime. And the scaling people cause notching and damage teeth if not done correctly I see it all the time. And you aren’t getting under the gums which is the most damaging part. So if you try you can find schools for free these students need clinic hours. SJVC is one for example. Your teeth and health are worth the time. Floss and brush. Watch youtube videos to see it done correctly. Home remedies are fine but this one isn’t accurate.
The best way to do that is by flossing every day before going to bed or anytime you feel uncomfortable – especially after eating meat. Flossing should be completed by a rinse with mouthwash or using the jet from the oral irrigator.
I then looked up subjective factors. In particular, I was interested in comparing noise levels. I looked up videos on Youtube, and there’s no question that the Sonicare has a more pleasant buzzing sound vs. the more mechanical sound of the Oral-B.
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!
This Sonicare model also can work in 5 modes, though they’re different from those of DiamondClean. The similar models are Clean, Sensitive and Gum Care. The other two for Flexcare Plus include Massage and Refresh modes.
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Unlike most sonic toothbrushes, this one will cost you less than $100. In most cases, when manufacturers cut the cost, the available features and modes are simultaneously cut. So, we end up having a basic electronic toothbrush. What we admire most about Brio, is their innovative ability to keep the price low, but still, offer some advanced features.

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