Before we dive into our reviews, it is important to make the distinction between sonic and ultrasonic. The two categories are often blended into one, mistakenly comparing them to one another. Even though both types essentially fall under the electric toothbrush category, their functionalities differ to a great extent. Here is some further clarification on that note.
I’d encourage you to check out the video of all the toothbrushes vibrating, they’re all labeled so you can hear what the 2 Series sounds like compared to everything else. In my experience, it was significantly quieter than any of the Oral Bs and hardly different from the rest of the Sonicares. And yes, the 2 Series’ battery is Ni Cd, which means it must be recycled in a particular way, as with Li-ion batteries. Glad you liked the guide, though!
There are many manufacturers and hundreds of different models of electric toothbrushes available on the market. In order to pick the best seven, we had to come up with an inclusive as well as exclusive criteria and stick to it. Having said that, there are two key factors that we considered before we even begun to rank the toothbrushes.
We realize that one minute of brushing time goes against the two-minute rule we set forth, but for kids’ toothbrushes, there’s good reason. The Sonicare’s gentle brushing mode starts off with a one minute timer which gradually increases to two minutes the more times your child brushes. So rather than suddenly asking kids to brush for two minutes, the toothbrush helps ease them into longer brushing sessions — an important feature when considering the call of Saturday morning cartoons. After all, a kids’ toothbrush is most effective when it helps them build better brushing habits at an impressionable age. If you want to skip the gradual timer and start out at two minutes, you can. The Sonicare for Kids give parents the option to choose the approach that best helps their child learn to brush properly.
Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about a certain splurgy Sonicare electric toothbrush (which makes an appearance on this list), an impressive self-cleaning electric toothbrush, and a charcoal toothbrush beloved by The Wing’s Audrey Gelman, here we’re investigating the best electric toothbrushes on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Oscillating toothbrushes have round heads that rotate back and forth and average 7,500-8,000 strokes per minute. They are less likely to cause the characteristic “teeth-tickling” sensation of sonic models, but are generally louder and can cause discomfort for those with sensitive gums.
Please be careful about re-spreading misleading information. I understand where you receive the information, but go into a highschool or college and they can verify your source is incorrect. I would hate to see people get sick because this does not work.
There’s no need to replace the heads when they get dirty. Just soak them in cup with 25% bleach and 75% water for 15 minutes and they’ll be good as new. I’ve been doing this for years and they haven’t worn out yet.
As such this can lead to up to 10 times more plaque removal than a manual toothbrush along the gum line and between teeth. Even the hardest to reach areas get a deep clean, that is still gentle on the gums.
So the article had me feeling confident in my decision to be a dental assistant then working my way up to a dental hygienist, but all of these negative comments are starting to make me re-evaluate my choice. Is dental school really as hard as everyone’s making it out to be? Is it really that hard to find a job in this industry? I’m so unsure now and I’m not used to that. Someone please help!!
Vibrating – this technique creates a rapid buzz against the teeth. Interestingly enough, some Philips toothbrushes offer this feature in addition to their oscillating attribute. The two movements can be triggered to perform simultaneously and destroy plaque that even Chuck Norris could not get to.
I love the way you distilled the information down to those features that seem to matter most. I’m wondering which of the Sonicare models feature angled brush heads. I found on the Philips web site that some features may be present but not called out, and it is difficult to tell based on photos depending on which angle the picture is taken from. The reason I’m checking for this feature is because I think it will help reach the back teeth.
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Readers ask us this question all the time. The truth is that a lot of brands add unnecessary features to their toothbrushes in order to increase the price. In fact, most electric toothbrushes priced $69 and up will perform more or less the same. As long as their brush strokes per minute are similar, so it will be their performance.
Our testers tried the toothbrushes side-by-side for several days, evaluating how comfortable the handle was to hold as well as how gentle or rough the brush was on their teeth. The reviewers, particularly those who typically use manual brushes, preferred thinner handles and soft bristles. The testers scored each brush based on how clean their mouths felt after using it.
I used to use a rotating brush and graduated to a Sonicare. No comparison. The small brush simply didn’t clean as well. Could you paint as effectively with a small brush as you could with a big one? The smaller brush simply doesn’t have the same amount of coverage in the same amount of time. I’ve had no problem getting into tight areas with my larger brush. It’s the same as with a manual brush.
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.
Our research showed that the majority of toothbrushes approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as ultrasonic, generate around 196,000,000 movements per minute. This means that they function at around 1.6 Mhz. Unlike oscillating or sonic models, this type uses powerful ultrasound waves to clean below the gum line.
Having up to 31,000 brush strokes per minute, this model is slower than the diamond clean. But, do not fool yourself. If you have never used an ultrasonic toothbrush before, you will feel the vigorous power of this elegantly designed teeth cleaning gadget. Despite being slower, the 2 Series Sonicare is also considerably cheaper and it works wonders for removing plaque and eliminating destructive bacteria in your mouth.
I feel it worth mentioning that the Deery et al. paper cited as evidence that powered is better than manual is actually far more equivocal. Statistically significant, yes, but very weak effect size, something like 5-15% lower “scores” for plaque and gingivitis. Such small effects may be just as well due to placebo-like effects. And, as the authors themselves state, it is unclear that there is any clinical benefit to this small reduction in these scores. Overall, the case for powered is I think considerably weaker than portrayed here.
The best budget electric toothbrush is the Pursonic S500. It has a reasonably comfortable handle, though our testers found its powerful vibrations a little rough while brushing. In addition to being one of the cheapest electric toothbrushes, it includes 12 brush heads, which should be enough to last about three years – about as long as you’ll own it. Most other brands are more expensive and only include three or fewer brush heads.
It is common for people to take their brushing very seriously, but then completely disregard the need to floss. As dental industry guidelines state, both are required for a high quality dental care routine. While brushing is great for getting at the surface of tooth enamel, a lot of debris and dirt accumulates in the corners. You simply cannot reach this with a regular brush.
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.
[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.]
In 1898 Smith presented a lecture on his system of periodic oral prophylaxis, which required patients to attend regular visits for prophylactic treatment and education sessions around oral home care.
Aside from the differences between brushing heads and handles, choosing between the Oral-B 1000 and Sonicare 2 Series is more about the character of the toothbrushes rather than anything else. At the end of the day, they’ll both offer a great clean. While the Sonicare is a better fit for most people, if you have sensitive teeth the Oral-B 1000 is definitely the way to go.
The Philips Sonicare 2 Series is our top pick for its minimalist design and comfortable cleaning power. It comes with one brushing mode, a two-minute timer, and a quad-pacer to guide you as you brush with 40,000 strokes per minute. At $40, it doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but we appreciated the simple design, because nothing felt unnecessary. Competitors like the Brio came with additional brushing modes, but our testers reported that the experience wasn’t much different and our experts reinforced that an electric toothbrush with the right technique will do more than any brushing mode can.
A nice perk of all Sonicare brushes, including the 2 Series, is that the brush heads come with a tiny plastic hood you can snap off and on to guard against the coliform sprays flying around one’s bathroom if you store your toothbrush in open air. The cap is easy to lose, but it’s a nice touch.
Additional Oral-b features – Information about the Oral-b Bluetooth/Smartphone app and the wireless Smartguide, as well as what we think of them. Also details about Oral-b brushing timers, quadrant timers and brushing pressure indicators, as well as charging units, operating voltages and battery types.
Well, I wouldn’t say that these are the best option for year 2017. There are some cheaper and way more interesting items in terms of technology, for example (http://tygiene.com/). Also, Amazon is a reliable source of information
Tartar is also known as hardened plaque. It is composed of organic and inorganic compounds. The organic compounds consist of bacteria and the inorganic compounds consist of various minerals, mostly calcium phosphate crystals. It has been estimated that every gram of tartar has over 200 million bacteria.
Women make up the vast majority of Dental Hygienists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $33.16 per hour. With bonuses and profit sharing proceeds each occasionally running north of $5K and a few commissions that surpass $19K, total incomes for Dental Hygienists generally vary between $48K and $88K according to individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the company and experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Dental Hygienists. About one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly two-fifths collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Yes, after looking closer, its not rubber, it has a small, pointed bristle head. It came with my SonicFX base, and set of brushes. I think they are called “interdental” brushes on their reorder web page.
Powered toothbrushes versus regular brushes – powered toothbrushes are fun and may remove more plaque than regular toothbrushes. Regular toothbrushes work fine, but powered toothbrushes make brushing easier.
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.
For many years, people have been using baking soda as a cleaning substance for teeth. It is slightly abrasive so it pries and files nasty stuff from the surface of enamel. All you need to do is take (only) one tablespoon of baking soda. Add a pinch of salt. Then, dampen a toothbrush and dip it into the mixture. Clean your teeth as you usually would and rinse thoroughly.