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.
Suitable for a variety of users, but particularly those looking to improve gum health. In just 2 weeks the results can be seen and Phillips suggest up to 7 times more plaque removal than a manual brush.
The Quip is a no-frills toothbrush with a single brush head style and a simple timer that indicates each 30-second interval, shutting off at the two-minute mark. This is the only brush we tested that uses replaceable batteries instead of a built-in rechargeable battery. Quip has an unusual business model—the only way to get a new brush head is through the company’s website, which encourages a subscription that sends a replacement every three months. Though you can purchase individual brush heads separately for $5 with free shipping, if you need a spare head you can’t just run to the store to get a new one. (And you’d better keep spare or rechargeable AAAs around.) The overall pricing structure is a bit confusing, and the store page defaults to the more expensive metal brushes, but toggling the interface gives you access to the slightly less expensive plastic brushes. Although the stylish design (of the more expensive metal model) and the quiet operation are both impressive, we found the vibrations to be weak. The Quip could be a nice option for someone who travels a lot and prefers the freedom of no charger, but it doesn’t have the brush head options or wide availability of our main pick.
After hours online trying to follow-up on my dentist’s directive to buy a Sonicare–how hard could that be?–I finally ran across your page. What a relief! You verified much that I’d read but filled in some much needed gaps. I was all set to purchase a 2 Series until I read your info about its vibration levels, and how long a charge lasts in comparison to the HealthyWhite+. Now it’s the HealthyWhite+ for me.
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What a good recipe – natural and easily affordable! It’s a very good way to use your toothbrush longer. Is it a good idea to add lemon juice or vodka? They are also used for disinfection. Thank you for sharing this useful information with us! Greets!
Essential oils, found in Listerine mouthwash, contains eucalyptol, menthol, thymol, and methyl salicylate. CPC containing mouthwash contains cetyl pyridinium chloride, found in brands such as Colgate Plax, Crest Pro Health, Oral B Pro Health Rinse. In a meta-analyses completed in 2016, EO and CPC mouthrinses were compared and it was found that plaque and gingivitis levels were lower with EO mouthrinse when used as an adjunct to mechanical plaque removal (toothbrushing and interdental cleaning).
I have a similar mixture to whiten teeth, but I never imagined it would work on tarter buildup! I use a slight variation of this recipe as a face & body scrub. This is a great tip. I’m still going to see the dentist, but if can get rid of some of tarter & whiten my teeth, maybe I won’t get fussed at! Thanks for sharing! Any other great home remedies, like for cellulite, wrinkles, etc? ?Rea
So besides just a strict comparison of features, we’ve also incorporated these more subjective types of information throughout this page where we think it holds merit and therefore is important to do so.
Sugars are commonly associated with dental cavities. Other carbohydrates, especially cooked starches, e.g. crisps/potato chips, may also damage teeth, although to a lesser degree (and indirectly) since starch has to be converted to glucose by salivary amylase (an enzyme in the saliva) first. Sugars that are higher in the stickiness index, such as toffee, are likely to cause more damage to teeth than those that are lower in the stickiness index, such as certain forms of chocolate or most fruits.
It’s not that I am not pleased with the review; I think the inclusion of this information could make them much better. Hopefully, you would include it on the checklist that you use when you initially qualify products for review.
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.
My dentist recommended a Sonicare to me after a horrendous cleaning back in late ’99/early ’00. It must have been the top-of-the-line at the time, as it was $90 his price to clients and he said that was heavily discounted. It lasted about 2 weeks between chargings (lithium ion) for years, but has slowly degenerated to requiring almost daily charging. So now I’m in the market for a replacement, and, like other commenters, can’t believe the number of models available! Having gotten great value out of the last one, I’ll definitely buy another Sonicare, probably the HealthyWhite+. Your research and approach are much appreciated, so a big thank you!
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/
The Oral-B Vitality electric toothbrush provides a superior clean vs. a regular manual toothbrush. The round shape of the Floss Action toothbrush head is designed to clean tooth by tooth, and its MicroPulse bristles reach deep between teeth. 2D cleaning action oscillates and rotates for better plaque removal than a regular manual toothbrush and an in-handle timer helps you brush for a dentist-recommended 2 minutes. Best of all, it’s brought to you by Oral-B – the brand used by dentists worldwide.
I’ve been using Sonicare brushes and brush-heads for a dozen years now and this is the first time (2014) I’ve experienced bad quality. Each of the two heads in the package (one I was using, the other – my son, in his identical E-series) experienced the same problem: only a couple of months into using it, the brush started making a strong noise and the vibration weakened significantly, to the point where it wasn’t cleaning at all. I looked carefully at the brush and noticed that the base of the head, which contains a couple of rare-earth magnets, seated on a steel plate, had become loose and was hanging on the plastic tab that protrudes from a hole in the plate (see accompanying pictures). The exact same problem on each brush-head, a clear sign of poor design and execution.
In our experience, all of these brushes, even the top-end ones, did the same thing—moved toothpaste around in your mouth. Toothbrushes that identify as “sonic” like Philips and Waterpik models tend to be quieter and have a vibration-like movement, and oscillating brushes are louder. But this is a distinction between different types of brushes made by different manufacturers, not expensive brushes versus cheap ones.
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Since one of our core comparison criteria is not to include brushes that featured unneeded options, we’ll go ahead and scratch the FlexCare Platinum Connected model that has the UV Sanitizer off our list. But that still leaves us with 17 other Sonicares to choose from.
I thought maybe it was just a design difference and not a performance difference, as the gum health is not very good looking compared to the Flexcare+ and that the 31000 vibrations were what counted, but the gum care model was a big disappointment. Unpleasant noise and lower amplitude at the strokes compared to the Flexcare+ and also the handle vibrated, so more an experience like the Oral B, though I think it is still cleaning better than the Oral B.
“I cannot recommend this toothbrush enough. I have sensitive gums, so the three intensity levels are a nice feature. It also does an excellent job of plaque removal. You’ll still need to floss, but there won’t be much left at all, as seen by using plaque-disclosing tabs. The most noticeable difference is the whitening effect, too. I dipped for 11 years, and it had taken a toll on my teeth. This brush has definitely made a difference in that department. I’ll see if I can get dentist pics and update this later, but it’s really been huge. The design of the brush allows it to stay much cleaner than a lot of other electric brushes I’ve had in the past, too, which is nice. No nasty surprises when replacing heads, and it comes with a nice travel case as well. Highly recommended.”
The Genius Pro 8000 is preceded by the 6000 model and followed by the 9000 model. The reason we chose to feature this particular model in our list, is because it has the most positive customer reviews. Additionally, the 8000 series offers many improvements compared to the 6000 model. While the Genius Pro 9000 did not improve much when compared to the Pro 8000.
Yes, has it. – The DiamondClean Smart, DiamondClean, FlexCare Platinum Connected, FlexCare+ (plus), HealthyWhite+ (plus), Sonicare 3 series gum health, Sonicare 2 series plaque control, Sonicare for Kids, Essence+ and Essence models all feature this mode.
The overall appearance of the station is quite nice. It is not bulky or heavy, and it’s simple to use and operate. The brush has two speed levels. For me, the main power level tickles my gums, so I use the sensitive setting and it works much better.
At $165, the DiamondClean is our most expensive toothbrush. But we think it earns its hefty price tag. One of the benefits is the inclusion of a pressure sensor that actually activates without needing an unreasonable amount of pressure. Although we didn’t make pressure sensors a must-have (due to the variability in the technology), the feature came highly recommended from our experts and the DiamondClean’s sensor is top-of-the-line. When even slightly too much pressure is applied, the handle vibrates and a purple light flashes until you ease up. The closest competitor was the Oral-B 8000 which also came with an accurate pressure sensor and app compatibility. However, the core difference between the DiamondClean and Oral-B 8000 came down to usability. In short, the DiamondClean’s features were much easier to use.
By the time you come to clean your teeth, your mouth is already a marauding cesspool of bacteria. The last thing you want to be doing is putting a toothbrush loaded with even more bacteria straight in your mouth. Here’s the easy way to keep your toothbrush hygienic.
There is a very good reason why commercial toothpaste recipes almost always contain fluoride. This substance strengthens the tooth enamel and lessens the risk of decay from acidic foods and drinks. In fact, it actually helps decayed teeth to heal and regenerate. The only problem is that this process occurs too slowly for brushing alone to prevent cavities. You also need to eat a healthy diet and steer clear of sugary snacks.
Heads up – the referral link goes to an Amazon page showing that the Oral B Pro 1000 is no longer available, but if you do a search across Amazon you can find a different listing for Prime. Definitely want to support, so let me know when/if the switch is made.
When it comes to good oral hygiene, electric toothbrushes usually focus on three things: plaque removal, gum health and whitening. So a good starting point when making your choice is figuring out which area you want to focus on – and we help you on this below.
So, you can expect that the DiamondClean and Flexcare models (both of these models at one time were Sonicare’s “top” brush) run more quietly than brushes at the other end of the price scale like the Easy Clean or Sonicare 2.
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Yes, it’s definitely a water flosser. Oral B and Sonicare may be the best brands when it comes to electric toothbrushes, but for oral irrigators there’s Waterpik. I have their Ultra model, which is top rated in many case studies.
I’m not a dental hygienist but from what I gather, there is A LOT of memorizing involved and you’re basically becoming a tooth doctor, learning about the science of the tooth along with studies of different cancers that are often seen in different patients… I believe that going full time in dental hygiene in college will be too much to cram in just 2 years which is why I’m considering going for lesser credits a semester and making the goal for 3 years. They say for every hour in a college class, count on having 3 hours of homework! Go for three years because it’ll allow you to take things in a little slower and you’ll be better prepared for your future job!! Go for it!
How an electric toothbrush feels in your hand and mouth is highly subjective, but each manufacturer strives for the most ergonomic design. We gave each toothbrush a test run and judged them on ease of use, comfort, and general “feel.”
Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients’ teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of the teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.
If you just want to dive in and grab the best product for the job, then you really can’t go wrong with the ones below. Or if you want to understand a bit more about how they work, jump to the explanation below.
If you don’t fancy rubbing vegetable glycerine on your teeth, you might prefer something a little simpler. You can rub orange peel directly onto your teeth and this will help to fight tartar building microorganisms on the enamel. You can also mash up the peel (though this may take some time) and apply it to the stained areas. Leave to rest and then rinse. You should find that this noticeably whitens the teeth.
1. Pull the brush head away from the brush handle with a small amount of force to release the connection. There will likely be a click and you will revel a metal prong that is the shaft that connects to the motor. The head is now detached.
For those who have sensitive teeth, we recommend the Oral-B 1000. Unlike its sonic counterparts, the Oral-B 1000 provides around 8,000 strokes per minute, meaning you won’t feel as much of a tickling sensation on your teeth. This sensation can be very uncomfortable to some, which makes the Oral-B an excellent choice. The Oral-B 1000’s bare-bones approach to features allows you to just focus on improving your dental care. In addition to our must-have two-minute timer, this $30 pick simply offers a quad-pacer to ensure an even brush for all your teeth. We like this minimal approach, because it shifts your attention to what matters most: proper brushing technique. The Oral-B 1000 is also compatible with a variety of different brushing heads for your personal comfort needs.
Plaque that is not removed can harden into tartar, a hard mineral deposit that forms on teeth and can only be removed through professional cleaning by a dental professional. When this happens, brushing and cleaning between teeth become more difficult, and gum tissue can become swollen or may bleed. This condition is called gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. Note/Nota