The best way to have the plaque removed is by a dental professional, such as a dental hygienist. Some hygienists use an ultrasonic instrument called a Cavitron, others use a dental scaler instrument, and others use a combination of the two. There are also scalers that you can purchase from your local pharmacy to scrape off visible plaque, but if you use the scaler incorrectly then you can cause more damage to your teeth and gums.
This is where the compact brush heads come in. Smaller in size, they cover less tooth surface area when in the mouth, but they are easier to move and manipulate in tighter spaces or harder to reach areas such as the back teeth.
A guy did a full-on replacement of the Oral-B’s native battery with a standard AA Eneloop. He didn’t have to do anything besides solder new leads to the battery and it worked tremendously well – in fact, the brush held its charge far better and worked more effectively with the Eneloop.
Proper brushing, especially with a tartar control toothpaste, and flossing are necessary to reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Once tartar has formed, only your dentist or dental hygienist can remove it professionally.
The GUM Technique Deep Clean Toothbrush makes it easy to brush the way your dental hygienist recommends. By cleaning at a 45-degree angle, you are able to really clean around and under the gums without irritating them. The patented no-slip, quad-grip thumb pad on the handle is designed to make it easier to hold the brush at the proper angle so the bristles can penetrate deeply and accomplish subgingival (below-the-gumline) cleaning. Over time, this can help prevent gum disease. The soft compact head naturally follows over the curves of the teeth, including around molars or where teeth are missing. It also cleans between teeth (which is also great for non-flossers). The soft bristles make them ideal for anyone with sensitive teeth and gums.
Pour 1/2 cup or 120 ml of water into a glass. Next add 2 tablespoons or 30 ml of white vinegar and 2 tsp or 10 mg of baking soda and mix well. Place your toothbrush (es) into the glass and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse well.
In Arizona, dental hygienists are permitted to perform prophylaxis, x-rays, topical anesthesia, fluoride, and pit and fissure sealants with the prior authorization of a licensed dentist, although the dentist need not be present when the services are performed. These licensed dental professionals are also allowed to perform the following under a dentist’s direct supervision:
With any manual toothbrush, there’re places in between the teeth that are difficult to reach. That can leave plaque and lead to cavities. However, DiamondClean provides double cleaning power to that of a manual toothbrush. This results in more plaque removal in the hardest to reach areas.
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.
Make a homemade toothpaste. If you prefer to stay away from the array of chemicals found in most store-bought toothpastes, it is possible to make your own plaque-busting natural version, using just a few simple ingredients. Combine 1/2 cup of coconut oil with 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 little packets of stevia powder and 20 drops of your chosen essential oil, such as peppermint or cinnamon. Store your homemade toothpaste in a small glass jar and use just like regular toothpaste.
If someone in your family is sick or is at a higher risk of infection, taking some preventive steps may help guard against a problem. Replacing toothbrushes more often, buying disposable toothbrushes and using antibacterial mouthwash to rinse and soak could offer some benefit. If you choose to try a UV toothbrush sanitizer, the product should be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Keep in mind that a UV sanitizer will not remove all germs. Because the ultraviolet light may deteriorate the bristles, you should inspect and replace your toothbrush more often.
First, the models had to be available to the North American consumer. There are various brands that manufacture products above the average standard, but for various reasons, do not make them available in the United States. We have not included such brands and models because they would not be of use to our readers.
They are actually quieter and vibrates less than older models including DiamondClean. I do not know if they simply swapped connecting part or they did redesign entire upper half; but it is smooth. It may be that since it is bigger, it acts as a better counterbalance to vibration.
The variety and diversity of rechargeable toothbrushes on the market can be overwhelmingly annoying. Especially, when you have decided to buy and use one. Besides the numerous differences in design, color and battery life, motor-powered toothbrushes also differ in the manner in which they clean teeth. In fact, there are five different ways to choose from.
There are areas in the United States, typically rural areas, where patients need dental care but have little access to it. Job prospects will be especially good for dental hygienists who are willing to work in these areas.
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.
Unfortunately, there is no cheat or secret way around this one. The reality is that smoking plays havoc with oral and dental hygiene. You will always be at a much higher risk of gum disease and tooth infection while you smoke. It will also lead to accelerated tartar build-up in and around the gum line.
The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean is pretty sleek with a matte plastic finish, and it has some real luxury features, like an inductive charging glass and travel case, but its price is a lot to spend for those items. The DiamondClean has five cleaning modes (four too many) that you must manually cycle through if you need to turn the brush off before reaching two minutes. It also has some of the most expensive brush heads, at around $11 apiece.
“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.”
Take extra precautions if you have braces or other appliances. Studies show that people who are wearing appliances on their teeth collect more germs on their toothbrushes. Rinse with antibacterial mouthrinse before brushing to reduce the amount of bacteria deposited on the toothbrush.
So, UV toothbrush cleaners produce UltraViolet light (hence the name) which kills the bacteria sitting on your toothbrush. The UV rays destroy the nucleic acids in the bacteria disrupting their DNA. This leaves pathogens unable to reproduce or function properly so they die out.
We absolutely feel that almost all users should just use Clean mode (at the highest intensity setting). But for people who can’t tolerate that much brushing activity (like elderly or debilitated person’s), this brush gives the user additional options that the 2 Series doesn’t.
The battery in the Oral-B Healthy Clean + Pro White Precision 4000 lasts about three days longer than that of the Pro 1000, and the base is a bit chunkier than our pick’s. The brush has four cleaning modes (programmed to a separate button) and includes a pressure sensor, though to activate it you have to really cram the brush into your teeth, making it ineffective. The additional cleaning modes are extraneous, so there’s no reason to pay for them.
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.
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.
That salary information is wrong! I’ve been a dental hygienist for ten years and on average, a full time, 32 hours per week, hygienist makes about 42,000$ per year. It’s a bad career choice with no way out. The statement that hygienists are in demand in also incorrect. In most of the southeastern states the market is saturated. Too many hygienists! Dentists won’t advertise job openings anymore because they get hit with so many applicants!
Locate plaque using a stain. Plaque is practically invisible, so it can be very difficult to know how much is on your teeth. To overcome this, you can purchase “disclosing tablets” in the grocery or drugstore. Once chewed, these tablets will stain the plaque on your teeth bright red, making it easy for you to examine your teeth for plaque and identify the areas you need to target with a toothbrush.
The terms ‘plaque’ and ‘tartar’ are commonly used in an interchangeable fashion. And, as they are very similar, this is not usually a problem. They are different things, however; plaque is the actual bacteria that causes decay and cavities. The tartar on your teeth is an accumulation of stains, saliva, food, dirt, and grime. It makes it easier for the plaque to take a hold of teeth.
Oral cancer – according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, men over the age of 40 have the greatest risk for oral cancer. About approximately 43,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer of the mouth, tongue or throat area, and the ACS estimates that about 7,000 people will die from these cancers. The use of tobacco products and alcohol increases the risk of oral cancer. Most oral cancers are first diagnosed by the dentist during a routine checkup.
Currently, there is no research that supports the notion that more settings and modes provide a better cleaning. However, it is a good enough reason for manufacturers to offer such toothbrushes at a higher price.
To become a dental hygienist in the US one must attend a college or university that is approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and take the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. There are several degrees one may receive. An associate degree after attending community college is the most common and only takes two years to obtain. After doing so, one may work in a dental office. There is also the option of receiving a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree if one plans to work in an educational institute either for teaching or research.
This model may not be heavy on the wallet, but it is heavy on the hand. At 7.4 ounces, this was one of the heaviest toothbrushes that we tested. We were hoping that this is because Philips has added a bigger Lithium ION battery that will last longer. But, we were wrong. After fully charged, the battery lasted only 7 days.
It is funny how many of professional recommend flossing, when it is now proven flossing has no benefit or minimal benefit as a part of dental routine! I follow a strict dental care routine, brushing and using mouth wash, but I also dip my toothbrush in baking soda and brush twice a week. I have started using hydrogen peroxide once a week too, I did oil pulling once, do not have the patience for keeping the oils and swishing it around for 10 minutes! . My dentist says he loves . my teeth and gums! , I also make all my own shampoo, skin care, etc. I am sure cosmetic companies hate that too!
Have you ever noticed that after a dental cleaning your teeth look sparkly and white, but over time they appear more dull and yellow? That yellowish color comes from plaque, a filmy substance made out of bacteria. Plaque accumulates on your teeth both above and below your gum line. You may find it unsightly, but what’s more, it can damage your teeth and gums if it’s not removed.
As an alternative to the Philips Sonicare, we’ve also had our eye on the Oral-B White Pro 1000 ($39.97; amazon.com), which is comparable in price. Also a best-seller on Amazon, with a 4.4 out of 5-star rating, the White Pro 1000 is another good option for those looking to up their oral hygiene game. According to Oral-B, this toothbrush can “remove 300% more plaque along the gumline than a regular manual toothbrush.”
Early models consisted of disposable batteries because the technology was not advanced enough. Nowadays, rechargeable batteries are the standard. However, manufacturers are now competing to design longer lasting batteries.
But simply out of curiosity we read through a large number of consumer comments (posted on the website of a large online retailer) pertaining to the use of the DiamondClean head (Standard size) to see what people were saying.
Employment of dental hygienists is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for dental services will increase as the population ages and as research continues to link oral health to overall health.
Lecture courses are held at the Red Mountain Campus. Clinical experiences take place at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, located just south of the U.S. 60 and west of Power Road in Mesa.
Unfortunately, our website doesn’t have the resources of a big organization (like Consumer Reports for example) who might run dozens of each model for weeks on end to evaluate reliability. Or scientifically measure how the brushing action of one compares to another. So, actually quantifying model differences isn’t really something we can do.
The program can take between one and two years to complete, depending on if you attend part-time or full-time. After completing the appropriate coursework, students are usually required to submit a capstone project. You’ll typically have to conduct research in a particular area of dental hygiene.
We’ve gone through two sets of double Phillips Sonicare Flexcare brushes and love them, except they ALWAYS die, typically within 9 months. Phillips will back them once and send a replacement, but once you’ve passed a year your out of luck. We’ve had all four brushed die within a year, as well as their replacements (undoubtedly refurbs) die all within 6 months. It’s simply not worth the hassle. Now, sadly, I’ll be taking the leap over to Oral B to see if they can provide something that will actually last.
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018-19 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Dental Hygienists.*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
There are a few different options on the market that can make flossing easier if dexterity or coordination is a barrier, or as a preference over normal floss. Floss threaders are ideal for cleaning between orthodontic appliances, and flossetts are ideal for those with poor dexterity.
As I also thought as some other here in the discussion, that it might be only design differences for the premium Sonicare models compared to lower level models, I got curious if you could get this excellent brushing experience for less money, to recommend friends and found the Sonicare 3 series gum health HX6631 with 3 intensity levels (for around half price of Flexcare+) where Philips claimed 7 times better plaque removal compared with a regular tooth brush for the gum health at maximum cleaning mode and the 6 times for the Flexcare+ that I first had bought.
In addition, we invested over 50 hours in researching, evaluating, and testing the best powered toothbrushes widely available to find the best one. (On a personal note, the last time I went to get my teeth cleaned, both the dentist and hygienist tripped over themselves to compliment the condition of my teeth, even though I hadn’t gotten a cleaning in three years, drink coffee every day, and eat healthy sums of candy.)
This paper is hardly new nor the definitive word on this subject, but notice how it states that the pressure applied when brushing is a significant factor in causing dentinal wear (which equates to root wear, abrasion). Opting for the most effective brushing mode and being extremely conscious of the amount of pressure you are using might make an acceptable compromise.