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.
Back in the day inventors were happy when they got to the point of running electricity through a toothbrush. This, however, is no longer the case. Just like technology did not stop with one kind of smartphone, it did not stop with one kind of motor-powered toothbrush. The continuous consumer demand for better and newer products has shaped the dental health industry into one of the largest in the USA.
Please note: During the most recent update of our Oral-B pages (11/5/2015), we noticed that the Pulsonic was no longer listed with other current products on the Oral-B (USA) website. For that reason, we must assume that it has been discontinued.
Overall, we preferred the Quip. You get the supplies you need to brush effectively (a replacement head and two tubes of toothpaste — a small travel-sized tube for two weeks and a larger one for three months), but we aren’t convinced a subscription is worth it yet. After all, subscription services like Brusher Club allow you to sign up for replacement heads for popular models, and you can always order a 3-monthly subscription for replacement heads from Amazon. Honestly, subscription services don’t actually offer anything we can’t find elsewhere.
As many others have already said, what I received appear to be either non-OEM brush heads, or were defective in some way. In my case, the bristles looked like they had been lopped off with a pair of scissors – they were less than 1/4 of an inch long and cut in a very irregular fashion. Brown cardboard packaging may or may not be from Philips… I will steer clear of these in the future. Thanks Amazon for the refund.
The toothbrush itself does not breathtakingly eye-catching. It will not give a futuristic look to your bathroom cabinet. But, with 31,000 vibration movements per minute, it will do the job. In addition, you get 3 brushing modes: Clean, Soft, and Massage. That is, 2 more mode than you get for the similarly priced Sonicare 2 Series.
If you want to get rid of excess tartar on your teeth, find the right kind of toothbrush.Toothbrushes come in a variety of styles: from the traditional hand-held brush model to the ultra-futuristic sonic wave and battery-powered toothbrush models. Additionally, toothbrushes can be purchased with soft, medium, or hard bristles. Most dentists recommend soft bristles for people with sensitive teeth and gums. For best results, brush your teeth at least twice a day. The Cleveland Clinic recommends replacing your toothbrush about every four months or when the bristles begin to look worn or frayed. If your brush bristles begin to fan out or spread, change your brush immediately. Purchase tartar-reduction toothpastes at chemists or supermarkets to further fight build-up and cavities.
The 4.8-ounce toothbrush comes with a 17-ounce charging glass and a 6-ounce travel charging case – a fair amount to bring with you in a suitcase. We liked the sensors on the brush that let you know when you’re brushing too hard, and spots you’ve missed. A good tool for a bad brusher.
The sonic action, also known as the acoustic streaming action, was first introduced in 1983. Since then it has been improved to produce up to 40,000 brush strokes per minute. At such speed, the energy waves of pressure allow the above-mentioned bubbles and fluid molecules to reach areas between the teeth that are not accessible to bristles. The action of acoustic streaming is arguably said to go some 4mm beyond the reach of regular bristles. Technically, this means that sonic toothbrushes are capable of removing plaque from beneath the gum line.
A point of order about the word “sonic”: Per advertising from Sonicare that is now close to two decades old, some people take this to mean that sonic toothbrushes “knock off plaque” with “sound waves.” This is not an effect proven in any research.
The Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 uses on-board sensors and “artificial intelligence” to track the brush head’s location as you move it around your mouth. (For more on our experience with the smart capabilities of the E1, see “Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 Review: Who Needs a Smart Toothbrush?”) The E1 vibrates but does not oscillate, and does so more quietly than most electric toothbrushes we’ve tested. Although it does have an on-board two-minute timer with quadrant pacing, this device lacks a pressure sensor (a possible dealbreaker for some), and it is compatible with only a single style of replacement brush heads, which can be purchased only from the Colgate website. Factoring in shipping costs, these replacement heads are among the most expensive we’ve considered, by far (a definite dealbreaker, in our opinion). The handle itself is among the lightest and most streamlined we’ve tested, featuring a single on-off button (Colgate doesn’t offer superfluous cleaning modes). As with other smart toothbrushes, we believe the E1 is overkill for most. However, if you’re interested in accurate brush head position detection along with automated habit-tracking, and would prefer not to grant another app access to your phone’s camera and/or microphone, the E1 performs well in these respects (and—replacement brush heads excluded—generally costs less than its closest competitors, the Oral-B Genius 8000 and the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected).
I do not belive the statistics given here about dental hygiene being in the top 5 best jobs. I am a licenced dental hygienist in the state of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis, Tennessee. I am an older hygienist who has through circumstances of life have had to move various times and have found it very hard to find employment!!! I have not been able to find any employment whatsoever!!! It has been my experience, there are way too many dental hygienists out there with not enough jobs to provide them adequate employment. My state has way too many DH schools and is turning out dental hygienists left and right with no jobs for them to get after graduation. Also, I find most dentists do not want to hire an older hygienist even though I have good references and experience Sadly, I think they are too cheep to pay me what I am worth and would rather hire someone with less experience. Most really decent, honorable dentists already have loyal hygienists, who would not leave their practice for anything and I don’t blame them! I have also tried enrolling in a business who gave employment by being a substitute hygienist. This did not, by any means, provide enough work and income to survive on, even living modestly. Being thoroughly disappointed, I have given up totally on the dental hygiene field all together. I recommend by experience to anyone who is thinking of dental hygiene try becoming a dentist or nurse. You will save yourself a lot of misery because I have had my fill of it!
As you’ll see below there’s a giant price difference between the top and bottom-end Sonicares. And based on this single factor alone, it’s easy enough to anticipate that while some models may share similar features and specifications, they’re probably not really equals. (It’s been our experience that some Sonicare representatives are pretty quick to harp this point when you call with questions.)
Toothbrushing plays an important everyday role for personal oral hygiene and effective plaque removal. Appropriate toothbrush care and maintenance are also important considerations for sound oral hygiene. The ADA recommends that consumers replace toothbrushes approximately every 3–4 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed with use.
Studies linking oral health and general health, and efforts to expand access to oral hygiene services, will continue to drive the demand for preventive dental services. As a result, the demand for all dental services, including those performed by hygienists, will increase. In addition, demand for dental hygienists is expected to grow as state laws increasingly allow dental hygienists to work at the top of their training, and they effectively become more productive.
Dental hygienists in Australia must be graduates from a dental hygiene program, with either an advanced diploma (TAFE), associate degree, or more commonly a bachelor’s degree from a dental hygiene school that is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC).
Dr. McConnell and Casper agree that electric toothbrushes are better instruments, in large part because they’re less “technique-sensitive” than manual brushes. Electric toothbrushes give more consistent results because they clean teeth in a more consistent manner.
Cleaning methods beyond those outlined above are not supported by the currently available clinical evidence. While there is evidence of bacterial growth on toothbrushes, there is no clinical evidence that soaking a toothbrush in an antibacterial mouthrinse or using a commercially-available toothbrush sanitizer has any positive or negative effect on oral or systemic health. Some toothbrush cleaning methods, including use of a dishwasher or microwave oven, could damage the brush. Manufacturers may not have designed their products to withstand these conditions. The cleaning effectiveness of the brush might be decreased if it is damaged.
Having said all of that, the most effective way to clean your teeth is always going to be the one that you develop a habit and learn to implement twice a day. If technological gadgets excite you and make the process more fun, then, by all means, stick to a motor powered brush!
Dental Hygienists’ Association of Australia Inc. (2014). “What is a Dental Hygienist?” Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20140517155026/http://www.dhaa.info/information-1/information-brochure/
After sorting through the dental care research, which is littered with (unusable) clinical studies sponsored by the companies that make the toothbrushes being tested, we’ve learned that all you really need out of an electric toothbrush is a two-minute timer to make sure you brush your teeth for the right amount of time. Manufacturers have blown up the high end with scientific-sounding “features” like cleaning modes and UV lights; nothing proves these other features work, let alone that they are necessary (see The features you don’t need). All an electric toothbrush can really offer is automation of the brushing process by adding a timer and easing some of the physical labor, according to the professors and dentist we spoke to.
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.
We really think that Sonicare did a reasonable job with their app. But from the standpoint of the average person who just needs a good, effective electric toothbrush, it contributes too little at too much cost.
Quad-pacer: A quad-pacer splits the two-minute brushing timer into four 30-second intervals. This allows you to focus on brushing one quadrant of your mouth at a time for an even brushing session. Most quad pacers will either use short pauses in vibration or produce a short series of pulses to notify you when it’s time to switch.
Strawberries and tomatoes have good quantities of vitamin C which is excellent for oral health. Rub these fruits directly onto your teeth and let sit for 5 minutes, this will soften any tartar build-up. Then rinse your mouth with baking soda mixed with warm water to remove plaque, leaving you with super-clean pearly whites. You can also use other vitamin C rich foods like bell peppers, berries, lemons, papaya, oranges, and lime in the same way. Do this about 2-3 times per week to remove plaque buildup that occurs through everyday eating.
Aura Clean offers two cleaning modes: the recommended Super Clean, and Sensitive Clean, for those with sensitive gums and teeth. To ensure you have the most thorough and complete cleaning experience, we’ve created a map of your mouth (which can be found in the included instruction manual) that splits it into quadrants. Every 30 seconds, Aura Clean briefly pauses so that you know it’s time to move onto the next quadrant. A timed cleaning where the brush actually does the work for you, tells you when to move on, and shuts off when you’re done. It’s truly foolproof!
According to Waterpik, the Sensonic SR-3000 isn’t just a sonic toothbrush; it’s state-of-the-art technology. It does clean powerfully yet gently. The Waterpik is ideal for people with orthodontic work, as the brush heads have rounded bristles (instead of angular or flat ones). Although the Waterpik operates in only one mode, three brush heads are included: one for “general” cleaning, one for “precision,” and one for “trouble spots.” The brush weighs 6.8 ounces, placing it on the heavier side of the scale. Our testers thought the sculpted body did much to make it ergonomic. Some owners, however, find it too big to hold comfortably.
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The Sonicare Essence Plus comes with only one cleaning mode. But, that does not stop it from reaching the top speed of 31,000 brushes per minute. This makes it practically comparable to Philips’ 4 times more expensive DiamondClean model.
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.
Sorry I’m a bit confused. Are you saying you’re not pleased with our review because we didn’t include the voltage information and whether or not the toothbrush will work while traveling abroad? Not being snarky, just trying to get a better idea of why you’re disappointed with this.