These state-licensed dental health professionals may be allowed different responsibilities and duties depending on the state in which they practice. However, basic services performed by dental hygienists, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), include:
In addition to regular dental hygiene, you can use some natural remedies to remove plaque and tartar. Remember, once the tartar has mineralized on your teeth, it is extremely difficult to remove. However, if you regularly remove plaque, it can help prevent permanent tooth decay.
I didn’t realize I needed a new toothbrush until I happened onto this part of the site. Been using an Arm and Hammer “Spinbrush” ($12 or so at the supermarket) and it’s been fine I guess. But I bought the recommended Oral B model based on the author’s perfect teeth and my 1-clicking habit and there certainly is a huge leap in performance going to a much better tool like this. Much more powerful and seemingly effective. The timer is a pretty cool feature I didn’t even know existed in a toothbrush. I was surprised to find my normal brushing time is more like three minutes as I brushed well past (like a minute) the little 2-minute-warning jig it does.
Please do NOT believe what you read!!! I work at a dental office as an assistant and have for 17 years, if your teeth look like this you MUST seek professional help to clean your teeth and have good overall health for your body. You can NOT take care of this on your own.
Philips development team have engineered this brush head to make best use of the sonic motion that a Sonicare handle can offer. The dynamic fluid action that is created as a result of the high frequency and high-amplitude brush movements works to offer a deep cleaning action from all areas of the brush head, driving fluid deep between the teeth and along the gumline.
“Of course something this size isn’t gonna be as powerful as a full-size Sonicare or Oral-B electric toothbrush, but this is awesome and much better than a nonelectric travel toothbrush. The design is great — love that you can’t accidentally turn it on in your purse. Also love that it came with a triple-A battery and an extra brush head. Would buy again and would highly recommend!”
“Really great toothbrush for anyone; even adults can use it, but just takes a little more effort. It effectively cleans out anything from my teeth and helps keep my teeth looking great. The inductive recharge is great for saving battery, and it’s very easy to hold in your hands. The only downside to this is that the water can drip down from the brush and onto the charging platform, and can leave water stains, but that can be fixed with a wet cloth or napkin.”
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.
You should ensure that you only buy authentic and genuine Sonicare brush heads for your toothbrush so that you can be sure that the bristles will be effective at cleaning your teeth and so that the brush head will not have any impact on the sonic action from the brush handle itself.
Lindsey Shaffer is a writer and editor for DavidWolfe.com and holds a B.A. in Professional Writing and Editing. She is a health and fitness enthusiast and a world traveler with a love of coffee and a passion for adventure.
The three brush heads below were introduced alongside the DiamondClean Smart. Whilst they fit and work on other models, the included smart chip that automatically selects the optimal cleaning mode works only with the DiamondClean Smart because it has BrushSync mode pairing. When Sonicare introduces more brushes with BrushSync pairing mode, they will also be compatible with those brushes.
Carol, I hope you are feeling better. I’ll say a prayer for you but it’s already a year later so I hope you are doing well. I hear coconut oil and tumeric powder together are also good to brush your teeth with and leave on for 5 minutes, then brush teeth as normal. I do it once in a while, they say twice a week is good.
If you can not afford to go to the dentist please find a dental school. Dental hygienist schools require students to clean teeth and they need hard cases . You could even be paid for your time ! Please do not attempt to do these cleanings at home . Brush and floss your teeth daily . The person posting this does not understand the bacteria present in your mouth or that calculous can be sub -below the gum line . If you have tarter build up like in the picture chances are you also have periodontal disease and need a cleaning below the gum line . Not treating this can lead to chronic health issues . I have seen extremely white teeth that an exray showed deep decay . Please see a dentist , go to a dental school , call around and see if you can make payments .
You can also control tartar and plaque build-up with a hydrogen peroxide based mouthwash or cleanser. If you cannot find this type of product in your local pharmacy, it is pretty easy to knock a batch together yourself. Just take one tablespoon of antiseptic mouthwash and add three tablespoons of (3% only) hydrogen peroxide solution. You must make sure that the substance you use is of a suitable concentration or you could damage your teeth.
I want to say thank you for the information. For all of you that are talking about its the worst advise. Remember back in the old days there were no dentist, an these remedy she’s talking about with the lemons and other home remedies are what or great Grandparents and relatives use on their teeth. My grandparents and great grandparents all had beautiful health teeth using this method. An I think if it was good for them and they were healthy without all these illnesses we have today. I say do it if you want if you don’t that’s you. But think about all the stuff you put in your mouth on a daily basis. Home Remedies are good. This is a good remedy.
Clean your toothbrush holder once a week. Bacteria that accumulates on the toothbrush holder can be transmitted to the brush, and then to your mouth. It is particularly important to clean your holder regularly if it has a closed bottom, like a cup.
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.
This Sonicare model comes equipped with 5 modes: clean, white, sensitive, gum care and deep clean. This makes this toothbrush practically perfect for all everyday uses and purposes. The slim ergonomic design of the handle makes it extremely easy to hold, operate, and switch between settings. In addition, the illuminated display and battery indicator make this model even more attractive and futuristic looking.
Excessive pressure indicator – All Sonicare models will tend to stall out or stutter when the user applies too much force. Beyond that, some models offer more sophisticated pressure and even scrubbing indicators.
You touched on the issue of sensitivity, but not gum disease. I’ve had periodontitis for years, but it’s gotten much worse. I can’t afford to see a dentist anymore, so an electric toothbrush has become even more critical. I started using the flossing head, but it’s made matters worse. I have to use Peroxyl because my gums are so raw.
The longer that plaque stays on the tooth surface, the harder and more attached to the tooth it becomes. That is when it is referred to as calculus and needs to be removed by a dental professional. If this is not treated, the inflammation will lead to the bone loss and will eventually lead to the affected teeth becoming loose.
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.
[Actually, if you do the math you’ll find that even these low frequency brushes do have stroke rates that lie inside the audible range (although the very bottom of it). But as a matter of convention, they’re not classified as sonic toothbrushes.]
The phrase sonic toothbrush is widely associated with Philips. It is done right so, considering that the giant Dutch technology company was the first to introduce the sonic models to the market. However, that was back in 2000. Now, they are not the only manufacturers and producers of sonic oral hygiene products.
While the toothbrush performed very well in terms of brushing, we did not see much improvement in regards to whitening. According to Philips, 2 weeks of brushing twice a day should have resulted in teeth being whitened by 2 shades. Unfortunately, our test cannot confirm these claims.
Proper oral hygiene is extremely important in preventing tartar buildup. Plaque begins to form on teeth 4-12 hours after brushing, so it’s extremely important to brush at least twice a day. Brushing and flossing regularly can help reduce plaque and tartar buildup, along with several other home remedies you can try, to help prevent complications from tartar buildup, including cavities, gum disease and bad breath.
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.
At the time of writing there are an extensive range of electric toothbrush models available from Sonicare, so it is understandable that it is not all that simple to understand which brush head is suitable for your toothbrush.
As compared to higher-end Sonicare’s, this brush’s mechanism seems noisy and less refined. Some commenters on this page have complained that they consider this brush under powered as compared to models they have used before. (We have more to say about these issues below.)
Hi Lisa! Yes, you can soak it in there for a while. I wouldn’t use it as a resting place for the toothbrush. I guess you could if you rinsed really thoroughly before using. I just wouldn’t want any residual vinegar on the toothpaste that I needed to brush with. Good luck!