Sonic toothbrushes usually operate at around 260Hz or 260 times per second. Each vibration creates 2 brush strokes per second. So, in a minute, there are about 31,000 brush strokes, which is 10 times faster than regular electric toothbrushes. Some Philips models have even tested at speeds exceeding 62,000 brush strokes per minute.
The easiest way to keep your toothbrush clean is to rinse it with hot water (hot water cleans and kills germs easier) before and after brushing. Use your thumb and move it back and forth against the bristles while underneath or in water. It is important to do it before brushing as well as after because airborne bacteria or other particles such as dust may have settled on the toothbrush since your last brushing.
Gum disease – if your home care routine of brushing and flossing has slipped and you have skipped your regular dental cleanings, bacterial plaque and tartar can build up on your teeth. The plaque and tartar, if left untreated, may eventually cause irreparable damage to your jawbone and support structures, and could lead to tooth loss.
Electric Teeth aims to do away with the myths and fluffy marketing, cutting to the core to tell you our thoughts on various dental products. Are they any good, how much do they cost to own and ultimately are they right for you?
AMEN, James!!! I LOVE that “fresh clean” feeling that I have first following a thorough cleaning at the dentist office. However, not everyone can AFFORD to have dental services done. This article helps those of us who don’t have $$$ to pay for the “luxury” of seeing a dentist
Brush for two minutes, and don’t use too much pressure. Brush lightly and for the recommended two minutes. Brushing for less time won’t remove plaque and brushing too hard or too much could damage your teeth or gums.
less than a month ago two top of field dentists and periodontics were on radio after a professional conference. Now after for years saying floss , floss, floss, they say the research has shown flossing either has no benefit or the benefit is negligible. Today on BBC the dentists were saying that dental check of every 6 months is excessive! basically so called science is not exact in anything. All the things which were good six months ago, today may proven are not good for us!
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.
My second time purchasing this item. Does a great job! I discarded the first one, after about a year of use. Was getting moldy, and dirty inside the base; and would have been time-consuming to clean; if that was even an option. Not 100% certain the UV light works, but love how it cleans my teeth. In the future, I will wipe down the toothbrush, after each use, to prevent the unsanitary build-up inside the base.
[Frequency is measured in Hertz (hz) and it’s units are cycles per second. One brush stroke (either up or down) equals 1/2 cycle, so the number above must be divided by 2. And then, of course, there are 60 seconds per minute, so the number above also needs to be divided by 60.]
The majority of the more than 200,000 dental hygienists work in dental offices alongside dentists. Think of a dental hygienist as an insurance agent. “You see dentists when you have a problem,” says Kelli Swanson Jaecks, president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. “But you see dental hygienists for preventative health care.”
Electric toothbrushes offer a good solution to this. They are not only fun to use, but they also employ the correct brush movements that our hands often tend to disregard when we clean our teeth manually.
Each of these have potential advantages based on your specific needs. Click a brush head type in the list below to jump to a detailed explanation of how it works, a list of places to buy, and a list of brushes it’s compatible with.
The Goby’s subscription can be set up to send new brush heads every one to three months. (Dentists recommend that you replace your brush every three months, so the more frequent options are not very necessary for a single user.) Amazon does offer subscription deliveries for its products, too, but only for Prime members. The replacement brush heads for the Goby cost $6 with $3 shipping, about the same as the 2 Series replacements and a little more expensive than the Oral-B’s heads.
Brushing modes: Different brushing modes — like teeth whitening, gum massaging, and pro-cleaning — change the number of oscillations or vibrations per minute. However, we couldn’t find concrete evidence that these different modes were doing what they promised. In contrast, studies show that simply brushing for two minutes with proper technique, using effective toothpaste, and flossing will live up to the promise of better dental health.
Heads up – the referral link goes to an Amazon page showing that the Oral B Pro 1000 is no longer available, but if you do a search across Amazon you can find a different listing for Prime. Definitely want to support, so let me know when/if the switch is made.
I think it’s a rare person who needs/wants DiamondClean. I will say on the newest DiamondClean, the “Deep Clean,” mode uses a particular pattern of vibrations combined with the Adaptive Clean head that is the best clean I have ever had, but we’re talking small details and not important to 99.9 percent of folks.
One huge advantage of electric toothbrushes is that they are quite fun to use. After all, they are technological gadgets that have timers, flashing lights, they vibrate and therefore bring more joy to the process of teeth cleaning. Also, they are undoubtedly more effective and efficient in cleaning plaque than manual toothbrushes. But, this is not the question at hand.
Thank you Lori, for your educated advice. I am a dentist and agree that this home remedy is dangerous to not only your gums but your systemic health as well. It is unfortunate not all of us has dental coverage, I didn’t until recently as well. Stick to the basics people! Brushing and flossing goes a long way to help keep your teeth and gums healthy! As far as home remedies are concerned. I truly believe they can be helpful; my mother used them with me and I have worked closely with a homeopath. It is important to know when a home remedy is useful and when you need to seek professional help! Physicians and dentists go to school for many years to learn their specialty. Importantly, if you have let the calculus build up as much as it has in the picture you are in serious need of professional health — see your dentist and hygienist.
If you want a powerful, yet gentle, clean, the Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical Pro-Flex Medium Toothbrush is right for you. It offers a superior clean thanks to two flexing sides that adjust to the curves and contours of your teeth. It cleans along the gumline, but is gentle on enamel and sensitive gums. It removes up to 93% of plaque in hard-to-reach areas and up to 34% more plaque along the gumline, ensuring a cleaner mouth and fresher breath. It also reduces gingivitis and removes surface stains, providing a better clean than a traditional manual toothbrush. In fact, it promises to provide better oral health in only two weeks.
It’s probably also easy enough to state that having a more powerful brush is generally a plus. But related to this issue, we think that many people don’t understand how a Sonicare is meant to be used.
These are professional dental tartar scraper they come with three or more pieces the mains ones are a dental pick which cleans particles between the teeth it works like a dental floss, the dental scraper is a metal hook which is used for scraping the plaque and tartar from your teeth and under your gum and last we have the dental mouth mirror which is used to help you see difficult area in the mouth. These tools are not easy to use so it advisable to watch videos on YouTube how to use them yourself , or have someone with experience use them on you . Also use a tartar softener such as the two discussed above before using the pick and scraper to make the job easier.
This is the redesigned successor of the above mentioned Essence model. There are some visible improvements, but there are also some gray areas. This newer model costs on average 50% or so more than the older one.
These brushes give the impression of having a superior design and build. However while we do believe this is point is accurate, actually quantifying this difference in comparison to other models is difficult. (That’s why we’ve sought out sources involving user/owner input when formulating this page.)
I’m a dental hygienist and I promise you the picture with the plaque/tarter removed is after a clinical hygiene appointment. The gum tissue is red and has a little bleeding because the instruments have been in the area removing the tarter. Not oil pulling, baking a soda or vinegar. With that being said, I do not know the research behind those methods helping to stop these plaque and debris from forming. But I do know it will not remove the calcified deposits.
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.
[This is really pretty amazing. At 1/8 of an inch, via a non-contact phenomenon, over 1/2 of the dental plaque was removed after just 5 seconds. And although the study didn’t mention it, you’d have to assume that there is at least some level of effect at distances that are even further.]
woah, that is so scary working among women, particularly in this era where feminism is rising like rocket. men should avoid feminine professions. I loved to become a dental hygienist but I am afraid that if i waste all my time and money to graduate a dental hygiene school, I will not be able to find a job merely because women would turn down my resume and application. Therefore, I would never recommend dental hygiene, nursing professions for men unless men become a MD which is totally different.
The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends replacing your toothbrush with a new one every 3-4 months. Personally, I think this is way too long. If you take your time as you brush and if you brush 3 times a day, then the bristles on your toothbrush should be looking pretty haggard at about a months time. Once the bristles get frayed and bent the effectiveness of your toothbrush is drastically lowered. Once your toothbrush isn’t performing as well as it used to, it is time to replace it.
The reason, Dr. Kahn says, is that you have a natural flora of bacteria living in your mouth that’s necessary for a healthy environment. It is not necessary to try to completely remove these from your toothbrush. In its recommendation about toothbrush care, the American Dental Association (ADA) cites studies that have found no evidence of negative oral health effects from normal bacteria on a toothbrush.
A 2008 study published in The Journal of Clinical Dentistry analyzed five clinical studies and concluded that baking soda paste or powder can more efficiently remove plaque than non-baking soda products.
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.
The “ad hominem attack” is yours, claiming I said “it feels cleaner to me” when I said no such thing. My checkups are better, as suspected from the way my teeth feel, but I don’t use “it feels cleaner to me” as evidence.
How an electric toothbrush feels in your hand and mouth is highly subjective, but each manufacturer strives for the most ergonomic design. We gave each toothbrush a test run and judged them on ease of use, comfort, and general “feel.”