Thank you for the time you took to research and write this article. You answered every question I had and would have taken me hours to research on my own. I now know what I need and more importantly what I don’t need. Thanks again for all your help.
HOWEVER, if you read reviews at sites like Amazon, long time Sonicare users are fairly passionate in their opinion that the Series 2 and Series 3 do not have the performance of older models nor the HealthyWhite+ and above models. They seem very definitive in this opinion and yes they say they turn off the “easy start.” Some even say the Essence makes their teeth feel cleaner than the Series 2.
1. The system is designed for only one user. When you insert your brush into the cleaning station, it takes about 8 hours to dry. So if you have a two-person household like me, you’ll have to purchase a second unit. Swapping out the brushes really defeats the purpose of cleaning the brush and then leaving it exposed to germs while cleaning the other. Additionally, that is too much of a hassle.
For example, have you ever hit an object with a baseball bat, or a hammer, and had it be surprisingly painful when the impulse was transmitted back to your hand through the handle? In a case like that, the movement in the handle is almost nothing but its particular frequency and amplitude is enough to transmit energy effectively. Tool manufacturers go to some effort to diminish these feedbacks.
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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.
The Greater Goods Balance ($40) brushes teeth just as effectively as our other models. The actual model itself is a pretty standard sonic toothbrush with a two-minute timer, a quad-pacer, and four brushing modes. So why do we mention it? The benefits of buying a Greater Goods Balance extend past healthy teeth and gums. A third of the profits from Balance toothbrushes goes to the organization Love146 which combats child-trafficking. For every electric toothbrush sold, the company also donates a manual toothbrush to a child who can’t afford dental care.
While we love to dive into interesting, important and sometimes obscure topics like how oil pulling helps heal leaky gut and how smiling contributes to greater immune expression, today let’s go back to basics and discuss one of the most frequently asked questions we get around how to brush our teeth.
Our research showed that you do not need to spend over $100 in order to get an excellent toothbrush. However, there are some electric toothbrushes that perform better with braces, and some that perform better with sensitive and receding gums. We have reviewed both types for you, to make your choice easier.
We spent 10 weeks reading through medical journals, researching online and speaking to manufacturers and dental professionals. As a result, we made up a solid list of rotary and sonic toothbrushes to test, rate and review.
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.
We do hope that this page, complete with detailed explanations and brush head comparisons, will answer many of your questions and help you find the right brush head for you and your Sonicare brush. So let’s jump straight in.
Studies have found that electronic, or powered, toothbrushes may get rid of plaque better than manual models. No matter which type you use, be sure it has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. These have undergone rigorous quality control and safety tests.
Good to know. I am in California too and thinking of becoming a RDH. I also considered sonography and nursing but think this might be the right choice. I am currently a massage therapist and it’s just too physically demanding and also super inconsistent as it is not a necessity but a luxury to most people. I hear that RDH is physical too but I feel maybe less so? Or possibly just different. I love the idea of not working 5 days as I do lots of things and the hours are way better than nursing and sonography. At this point in life I would prefer not to work late nights, on call or all weekends and holidays. There has to be a balance in everything.
Otherwise, you’re basically saying, “this one works better for me, for the things that I like,” i.e. it makes your mouth feel cleaner (to which I will add that you’ve provided no evidence other than “it feels cleaner to me”). That is great for you if that’s what you care most about. I think most people would prefer the brush with clinical evidence backing it up.
According to the American Dental Association, no commercial products can sterilize a toothbrush and it’s not necessary. The ADA notes, “There is insufficient clinical evidence to support that bacterial growth on toothbrushes will lead to specific adverse oral or systemic health effects.”
Dental hygienists wear safety glasses, surgical masks, and gloves to protect themselves and patients from infectious diseases. When taking x rays, they follow strict procedures to protect themselves and patients from radiation.
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.
Like most electric toothbrushes by Philips, this one also comes with a rechargeable Lithium ION battery. Once fully charged, the battery should be able to last you 3 weeks if you brush twice a day using the “clean” setting. The “deep clean” setting is likely to exhaust the battery faster because it is operating at a higher speed and producing more brush strokes per minute.
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Having shiny white teeth can be a real confidence boost and there are few nicer compliments that ‘you have a lovely smile’ or ‘your teeth look great’ and what if you can achieve this without having to undergo cosmetic dentistry.
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I have had dental hygienists tell me that the Sonicare brushes seem to eliminate bacteria that they can’t even get close to actually physically touching. This seems to be exactly the type of result an energetic sonic wave action could plausibly result in; that a lower-frequency physical cleaning action might not.
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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.
These brushes are designed to be used for children who are aged 7 years old and upward. Thanks to the gentle rubber construction material on the head, you can be sure that there are no hard or sharp parts that could cause injury. If your child accidentally bites down on the brush head or knocks it against a tooth, he or she will not break or chip any teeth.
Obviously, we don’t speak for Philips. So if having this option is important to you, you should contact them or read the packaging of the product you’re considering before making your purchase, just to make sure you have all of the details straight.
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To us this is evidence that this setting represents the most effective cleaning action the brush can make and non-31,000 strokes/min modes are inferior. (They also state the EasyStart must be deactivated, which is another lower-power setting.)
I used a couple tubes of whitening toothpaste way back then and it had no effect. Once I switched to a Sonicare powered toothbrush using these brush heads, I saw my teeth get a couple of shades whiter
One study published in the Journal of Cancer Prevention Research found that poor oral health can increase your chances of getting an oral human papilloma virus infection, which can lead to developing certain oral cancers.
Noise level – you will find that some of the newer models from Sonicare have quieter noise levels by the older models. These include the diamond clean and flex Platinum. If you do not mind a little bit of noise, you will be able to save some money and purchase a slightly older model.
Every state requires dental hygienists to be licensed; requirements vary by state. In most states, a degree from an accredited dental hygiene program and passing grades on written and clinical examinations are required for licensure. To maintain licensure, hygienists must complete continuing education requirements. For specific requirements, contact your state’s Board of Dental Examiners.
Dental hygienists generally receive their education through colleges and universities, dental schools, junior colleges, and technical schools. The minimum requirement for state licensure of dental hygienists is an associate degree, which takes about two years to complete. The conclusion of any dental hygiene program is a clinical externship, which allows students to apply their skills and knowledge in a dental care setting through supervised patient experiences.
There may well be one better suited to you, which you can decide upon based on the information provided below. We explain all the different Philips Sonicare Sonic brush heads in detail on this page and make it easier for you to understand which brush head to opt for.
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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.
It is now recommended that dentures should be stored in a dry container overnight, as keeping dentures dry for 8 hours significantly reduces the amount of Candida albicans on an acrylic denture. Approximately once a week it is recommended to soak a denture overnight with an alkaline-peroxide denture cleansing tablet, as this has been proved to reduce bacterial mass and pathogenicity.
Serrapeptase is a very powerful digestive enzyme in digesting any tissue that is not alive, like plaque. It can also reduce scar tissue and blood clots. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. This enzyme does not naturally occur in foods, but can be processed into a supplement through plant fermentation.