Your toothbrush can become a breeding ground for germs, which is one reason why you ought to change it every 3 months. However, germs multiply in minutes, not months, and need to be cleaned between swaps. How do you keep your toothbrush clean? Here are some ideas.
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If I have to touch a not clean enuf for me item, (like everywhere) or want to clean my toothbrush over night, I just reach for my bottle of vinegar. Vin is also fab for cleaning the M/Wave,Hob,oven fronts, windows, mirror,you name it. Use it on a few pieces of kitchen roll and you will just love the shine. It can stops unsightly fungus in its tracks, from growing under finger and toe nails. Just fill under the nail cavity with vin/water using a medicine dropper and keep nail upright for a while to dry. As the nail grows, it will become good again. When my husband came home from hospital with his back covered in spots, I washed him with vin. and on telling a Dr. he said I had done the best possible thing, and that vinegar was all there had been to keep bugs at bay during WW1 & 2. Remember, 50-50 white vinegar and water for bugs, cleaning and shine, but brown vinegar for food. I also cleaned a 60 odd year old, well used, EP&S tablespoon spoon. I stood it in an inch of vin overnight. The result was one inch bright and clean the rest of it was still quite tarnished, result – I put the whole spoon in vin the next night. great and I can still use my grandmothers spoon with love. A litre of vinegar can cost as little as 86p and you can pick it up when shopping. Saves a visit to the Dr. who will give you ‘STUFF’ we know could be harmful or a trip to the Chemist where they will charge o lot of money for few applications of medication. And no I don’t own a vinegar shop. Oh, to say nothing of fish and chips!
The coloring will stick to the plaque and tartar buildup. Once you know where the problem areas are, you can address them and refocus your brushing on those spots; the color will disappear as you remove the plaque that it’s sticking to. Take the precaution of dabbing a little bit of lip balm around your lips to keep the food coloring from staining.
This article approached the topic exactly as I would have and was so helpful! I had started to get confused about the subtle differences between models I was considering; your summary and all the related info was just the ticket. Thanks for taking the time to create it–a very valuable service.
That’s pretty much what you’ll notice with the cheaper Sonicares. They will deliver the promised 31,000 brush-strokes-per-minute. But the power of the brush won’t be the same as the higher-end models, nor will the smoothness of their brushing action.
!! This is an important point because despite what type your brush came with originally, you can switch to any other (style or size) head. That makes for a lot of options. (More information about brush heads.)
Next I searched for any studies comparing rotary (Oral-B) to oscillating (Sonicare) power brush heads. I won’t post links to all the scientific studies I read, but the are quite a few on the National Center for Biotechnology Information (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) site. The more recent ones favor rotary brush heads.
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.
ProResult Gum Health – This is a slightly more affordable toothbrush head for cleaning your gums in comparison to the DiamondClean and the InterCare brush heads. The bristles are arranged in a design that is similar to that of a manual toothbrush and the bristles are contoured so that they fit the natural shape of your teeth for more comfort and convenience. These brush heads for the FlexCare, FlexCare plus and the HealthyWhite toothbrushes from Philips. You can purchase a standard size or compact size of these toothbrush heads. The compact size features a smaller head of bristles, which some people prefer because it can be easier to get around all the teeth.
Sonicare replacement heads for Philips sonic heads work and fit good on my son’s electric Sonicare toothbrush. It would be good having an extra toothbrush head in handy, so replace them when needed. The product is a good value for the price and working good. The brush self is the very soft brush. it comes with each individual cap, so good to store/carry the toothbrush.
If you speculated that ultrasonic toothbrushes use ultrasonic waves to brush teeth, you have guessed correctly. Unlike the above mentioned sonic models, a toothbrush cannot be considered ultrasonic unless it can produce a wave at a minimum frequency of 20,000 Hz. This equates to 2,400,000 brush head movements per minute.
You may thinking, “just buy a new toothbrush!” But if that’s the case, you’ve never met my two boys, especially the toddler, who can find a toothbrush no matter where it’s hidden! Seriously. He will move any kind of object (i.e. trash can, box, etc.) to creatively use as a step stool. He’ll climb right on top and grab our toothbrushes off the back of the bathroom counter. He will find them tucked away in the back of the bathroom drawer. It doesn’t matter where we hide the toothbrushes, he will find them.
You use a vibrating sonic toothbrush, like the Philips Sonicare, the same way you do a manual toothbrush – by brushing in circular motions to reach all your teeth. There is some evidence that suggests vibrating brushes can clean areas where others can’t. The vibrations help dislodge plaque and send water and toothpaste into areas that other electric brushes may not reach. Users of sonic brushes often report that their mouth feels cleaner, which is a benefit itself.
Dental hygienists work together with other dental professionals, with a higher number working at general practices with Dentists, dental therapists and oral health therapists. A smaller number work at specialist practices alongside orthodontists and periodontists. They help with the contribution of an interdisciplinary approach, aiming to provide optimum oral health care to their patients. Dental hygienists also aim to work inter-professionally to provide holistic oral health care in the best interest of their patient. Dental hygienists also offer expertise in their field and can provide a dental hygiene diagnosis, which is an integral component of the comprehensive dental diagnosis.
Tracy, I was thinking the same thing. Scalers are not for the patient to use at home to remove tartar. You can break a tooth, especially one of the thinner anteriors. Even a chipped corner can change a person’s appearance when it’s a front tooth. Never mind the pain and sensitivity that might be involved. Not worth the chance to do at home. Might have been well intended, but bad advice.
Try gargling for 5 min with a mouthful of coconut oil .I came across this somewhere and have found it effective .No dentist can say it is abrasive .Most toothpaste are loaded with abrasive material and is one of the main reasons for teeth wear and tear.
Provides Gentle Brushing. If you have sensitive gums, brushing causes a lot of pain and discomfort. Sonic toothbrushes feature brush heads with soft bristles that are designed for gentle brushing. Also, these brushes have a separate sensitive mode of brushing.
You can follow all the essentials for dental hygiene , but you won’t have a pleasant breath unless you have a clean stomach. In fact many a times when we have a bad breath, the cause is an unclean stomach and not a lack of oral hygiene.
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.
All Oral-B rechargeable models – A comprehensive review of the features/prices of all of the current Oral-b rechargeable models. Some comparisons between each of the individual toothbrush lines are made.
The American Dental Hygienists’ Association reported in 2015 that 21 master’s level dental hygiene programs currently exist in 15 states. Though far less common than associate and bachelor’s degrees, graduate level programs in dental hygiene open a world of possibilities to graduates. Applicants should have already completed a basic dental hygiene preparation program and baccalaureate degree, though it doesn’t have to be in dental hygiene. Once enrolled, full-time students complete the degree in one year, while those attending school while working should plan for two to three years of study. In addition to coursework, students also need to pass a comprehensive examination; other programs also mandate a capstone project and field work. Common courses at this level include:
The one-button simplicity is a great feature—there are no useless cleaning modes. The Pro 1000’s timer goes off every 30 seconds, alerting the user of the time by briefly pausing. After two minutes, the brush pulses three times to signal that a full cycle is up, but will continue brushing after if the user wants to keep brushing; it must always be manually turned off. This is nice for touching up on areas of your mouth you may not have given enough attention to. On many more expensive brushes, like the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean, pushing the button more than once activates different cleaning modes, forcing you to cycle through every option to get back to the simple default cleaning mode.
G3 Premium Gum Care – Absorbs excess cleaning pressure to protect the gums. 2 times more surface contact. Automatically selects optimal cleaning mode for the best results. (Best suited to BrushSync compatible handle)
Baking soda, also called sodium bicarbonate, is a great home remedy for removing plaque. It neutralizes acids in the mouth, thereby reducing the amount of harmful bacteria. It also helps whiten and brighten your pearly whites.
Always rinse the brush head and bristles after each use. Change your brush heads at least every 3 months at least (available on Amazon.com). Remove the brush head to cleanse the metal shaft of the brush handle with warm water at least once a week. To clean the base station, ensure it is unplugged and using a soft cloth wrapped around your index finger, wipe around the bottom of the base and the top docking hole.
Prevent Gingivitis. Sonic toothbrushes effectively fight gingivitis. In clinical studies, these brushes have shown a big reduction of it after the patient was using it for 4 weeks. The results were also twice the amount than with a manual toothbrush.
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Known for taking on a considerable number of Dental Hygienists, Heartland Dental Care, Aspen Dental, DentalWorks, Dental Group Ltd, and Heartland Dental Corporation are leading firms in the industry. Dental Hygienists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, where the average salary comes to $82K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Gentle Family Dentistry, Dr. B, and Dr. Jones, where Dental Hygienists typically earn around $75K, $73K, or $71K, respectively.
The American Dental Association has a set of criteria to give products its Seal of Acceptance. Many products don’t seek this certification, but a product can’t receive the recognition unless the ADA has independently verified and approved its claims. In 2017, Oral-B became the first electric toothbrush brand to receive the ADA seal, with five series of the Oscillating-Rotating-Pulsating Power Toothbrush receiving the seal. However, the only factors that the ADA has found necessary to mouth health are brushing for two minutes with a reasonably soft brush and using proper technique.
Hi I went to school for dental assisting and hate it! My dream job is to become a hygienist and assisting is just a foot in the door, but all these negative comments has me thinking. Should I go for hygiene school or not? I really want to tho!
Although bachelor’s degree programs for dental hygienists are less common than an associate’s degree program, you can find some that will prepare you for a career outside—as well as inside—the dental office. Pursuing a 4-year degree in dental hygiene studies is particularly useful if you plan to teach, participate in research or work in clinical practice in public or school health programs. Some dentists also prefer to hire hygienists with a bachelor’s degree.
I use the Oral-B brushes, and they’re on sale for $4 each every few months from Costco. However, they don’t last anything like 3 months. I haven’t measured, but I’d say they’re about a month each. Maybe 6 weeks.
Hi, I am currently a high school student who is interested in pursuing the career of a dental hygienist. I wanted to know if there are any health benefits with this career for example retirement benefits, paid vacations, medical benefits ect..?
To become a dental hygienist, you’ll need either a 2- or 4-year degree in dental hygiene. Most programs are two years long and lead to an associate’s degree. They are offered through community colleges and technical colleges.
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.
Yes, it’s definitely a water flosser. Oral B and Sonicare may be the best brands when it comes to electric toothbrushes, but for oral irrigators there’s Waterpik. I have their Ultra model, which is top rated in many case studies.
Features: Easy start – gently increases power over 14 uses, UV sanitizer accommodating two Sonicare brush heads, Smart Timer with Quadpacer – Alerts you every 30 seconds to change quadrants and again when you have reached 2 minutes
We get your point about frailty but will also point out that you can break your Series 2 and replace it again for about the same cost as one HealthyWhite. And in an era of planned obsolescence (including the situation where battery failure = toothbrush death), investing as little as possible has advantages.
An advice to the Flecare+ is to also buy the diamond clean brush heads for even a smoother cleaning feeling or even the adaptive clean brush heads (The adaptive clean heads I think are very good but those I have not tried yet). The Flexcare brush head is very good to remove tartar, but the diamond clean makes your teeth even more silky and glossy and maybe slightly more comfortable to brush with, but already the Flexcare brush head is extremely good for the silky feeling.
I have used an electric toothbrush for almost 7 years. I have had three total – two Sonicares and the Oral-B recommended in this post. The $$ involved for electric toothbrushes gives me pause but I cannot go back to manual (goosebumps).
A 2014 study published in the International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences showed that guava leaf extract causes a reduction in the adhesion of early plaque. It has excellent antibacterial and biofilm-inhibition activity against Streptococcus mutans that cause dental plaque.
Our original goal for this page was one where our analysis would simply be based on a comparison of models according to their features, as documented by information collected from Philips Sonicare websites, publications, user manuals and support representatives.
Education Teaching proper oral care is an important component of being a dental hygienist, and these professionals should be well-educated on best practices so they can communicate them to their patients. Whether instructing in proper flossing technique or how to clean braces, this is a daily component of the role.
Hi Angie! If you have that desire to become a dental hygienist, we would love to help prepare you for that career. Every job will have its own ups and downs, but we’re sure you will thrive and be successful wherever you end up! You can learn more about our Dental Hygiene program at http://carrington.edu/degrees/dental-hygiene/. Please give us a call at 1-855-289-2171 so we can answer any questions you have.
For more impressive results you can assist the Sonicare electric toothbrush by applying a whitening toothpaste such as AP24 from NuSkin or Oral-B 3d White Luxe Perfection which have been specifically designed to assist in stain removal for whiter teeth.
The exception being, that the C3 Premium Plaque Control, G3 Premium Gum Care & W3 Premium White will not automatically select the optimum cleaning mode or offer reminders to the brush handle, unless used with the DiamondClean Smart or another brush with BrushSync mode pairing.
If you have braces — pay attention to the heads selection. I grabbed a pack of round “floss action” ones, but turned out instruction explicitly recommends against using them with braces. Specialized heads for braces seem to not be available around here, so I guess I’ll stick with “default” ones for now.
This page does accomplish that goal, using those sources. And while performing our comparison process the information we collected allowed us to form a distinct opinion about which features are important to have versus those that seem to offer just limited value.
it seems like there’s a bit of a lapse here. you say the Oral-B is better because it is compatible with more brush heads, and yet there seems to be no scientific evidence that different brush heads can clean your teeth better. that’s what we really need. it seems like an unscientific reason to choose the Oral-B for, especially since you refer admiringly to the polishing cup and rubber flap brush heads as if they actually do anything. how do we know they’re not just gimmicks? for all we know the simpler Sonicare brush heads are all you need.
In order to fully charge, the Pro 1000 took about 16 hours. This is 8 hours less than the Pro 7000 took. It also lasted longer than the Pro 7000 by 2 days (10 days total). Since there is only one brushing mode available, we were not able to play around and conduct different time-based tests.
Doing regular cardiovascular exercises that are moderately paced like jogging, brisk walking, treadmill, riding a bike, dancing and aerobics can help to melt away arterial plaque build-up. Doing this on a regular basis can improve circulation, lower “bad” cholesterol and raise “good cholesterol.” Try to exercise for 30 to 60 minutes weekly and increase the amount each week to help burn calories and fat.
I have never experienced electric tooth brushes until i come across this post. Anyhow i feel they are doing great in arriving at the corners, which would be useful than manual brushing. Your share truly helped me to come up with good knowledge. I generally lean toward the
If compared to the higher-end Sonicare models, the 2 Series is still noisy and less refined. Having said that, this toothbrush will not cost a fortune. On average, it sells for about 25% more than the Essence+.
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.