Tartar formation isn’t all that well understood. It’s most common in areas of the mouth with a lot of saliva flow, such as the maxillary molars and mandibular incisors. It can form below the gumline, causing irritation and swelling in the gums. Subgingival tartar is composed of fossilized anaerobic bacteria, whose organic structure has been replaced with calcium phosphate salts, along with more calcium phosphate salts. The reason it builds up is electrical charge. Calcium phosphate salts are unstable ions. Once a layer of fossilized bacteria has attached to the teeth below the gumline, other ionized materials are naturally attracted to it. This results in a substance similar to concrete, with small calcium phosphate salt particles filling in the gaps between the fossilized bacteria.
Between cleanings by a dental hygienist, good oral hygiene is essential for preventing tartar build-up which causes the problems mentioned above. This is done through careful, frequent brushing with a toothbrush, combined with the use of dental floss or interdental brushes to prevent accumulation of plaque on the teeth. Powered toothbrushes reduce dental plaque and gingivitis more than manual toothbrushing in both short and long term. Further evidence is needed to determine the clinical importance of these findings.
The best Sonicare models – A narrative that outlines how to determine which Sonicare model makes the best choice for you. It discusses Sonicare features, which of these features we think are important to have, and which models seem to offer a reasonable manifestation of them.
The easiest way to keep your toothbrush clean is to rinse it with hot water (hot water cleans and kills germs easier) before and after brushing. Use your thumb and move it back and forth against the bristles while underneath or in water. It is important to do it before brushing as well as after because airborne bacteria or other particles such as dust may have settled on the toothbrush since your last brushing.
Waterik is the undisputed champion when it comes to water flossers. But, not too many people know that they also make a pretty good electric toothbrush. Perhaps, they got tired of the never-ending argument about flossing vs brushing and decided to dominate both sides.
The war on battery life is important because there are still some big gaps between leading manufacturers. There are certain toothbrushes that take 24 hours to charge fully, while others take 12 hours. Once fully charged some devices can last up to six weeks when used twice a day. In comparison, there are still devices that will not last half of that time.
I have been using the Deep Sweep for about 6 months now and while I agree it’s better than the Sonicare I previously had, I’m surprised you don’t mention how filthy it gets. Maybe I need to work on my brushing etiquette but I find the handle gets super gunky and on top of that, is hard to rinse because of the crevices.
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.
Yes I do, and I laid them out already: it’s a biased set of studies, performed by a biased panel, deliberately constrained to a extremely confined audience of one “special issue” of one publication. The methods and procedures are laid out by the revelation of the authors, their backers, and the publication. It makes the entire analysis suspect. You ARE taking their data at their word, you know.
On the other end of the spectrum, dental hygienists in Kansas have a much broader list of allowable job duties, with most functions permitted to be performed under the general supervision of a licensed dentist. The only function that needs to be completed under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist in Kansas is the administration of local anesthesia, and the only function not allowed to be performed is the placement of sutures.
This is great! I used to boil water and put my toothbrush in there for awhile, but these methods seem much better. Wish I would have known about them BEFORE I got my self-sanitizing one! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Studies, such as the one conducted by the Cochrane Oral Health Group have consistently demonstrated that electric brushing is superior to manual brushing. The above-mentioned research shows a 21% reduction in plaque after only 3 months of using a motor-powered toothbrush. It further claims a 6% reduction of gingivitis within a 3 month period.
Dental hygienists in Australia must be graduates from a dental hygiene program, with either an advanced diploma (TAFE), associate degree, or more commonly a bachelor’s degree from a dental hygiene school that is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC).
YOu might want to check the reviews on lifetime for a Sonicare. Their design tends to break after two years having to buy a new handset to use up the expensive replacement brushes you might have bouhg in a larger pack to save a little.
How is the Sonicare Series 2 with the tongue cleaner and spray compare to a regular series 2? It is important for me that I am able to properly clean my tongue and in my experience electric toothbrushes tend to be tricky at that.
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On Amazon they have the Deep Sweep 1000 toothbrush listed. Is this the same as the recommended Pro 1000? https://www.amazon.com/Oral-Model-D16-513-U-Oral-B-Toothbrush/dp/B00ARTK9FA/ref=sr_1_11_s_pr_s?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1502422855&sr=1-11&keywords=oral-b+pro+1000
As well, I’ve read most studies regarding the effectiveness of both Braun and Sonicare toothbrushes and the effectiveness of the different available brush-heads. The Sonicare has been proven gentler and more effective at reducing gingivitis and bleeding and the Braun has been proven more effective at removing plaque (particularly with their relatively new Cross Action brush-head)…and very effective at reducing gingivitis as well! Either way, both brushes are more effective than manual brushing (which needs perfect technique to be similarily effective to electric brushes) and are a great way to improve your oral health! Try both the Braun and Sonicare…try the better brush-heads from both brands (Cross Action, Floss Action, Precision Clean…Adaptive Care, Interclean, Diamond Clean brush-heads) and decide what you prefer!
From reading online consumer comments, it’s our impression that people frequently prefer using a smaller brush head. However, these same posters also frequently mentioned that the heads tended to wear out more quickly than Standard ones, thus making them the more expensive option.
When I read the flaws and the runner-up areas, there are some items which, for me, are not minor issues. Noise is a huge factor for me and my children (we’ve used both, and the video about noise is illuminating), and the battery life etc, to me, make the overall recommendation so slight over the Sonicare, that it could be a tie. As a long-time user of both brushes (and now in the Philips camp mostly because of the noise and brush head movement), I prefer the Philips approach greatly over the Oral-B. I use the Series 3 since I also want the quadrant feature (a regrettable omission on the Series 2). It’s a feature that makes brushing “lazy” and in this case, lazy is good. The same goes for my children.
The Flexcare+ and Diamond Clean are like a completely another world and could not be compared. I have used my Flexcare+ (HX6922) for more than 2 months and it is fantastic. I still look forward to brush my teeth with it and it is not to be compared with Oral B or lower end Sonicare. I had the Oral B Triumpf 5000 (Top model when I bought it) and it is not to be compared. It creates more noice, more vibrations in handle, is less sofisiticated and much lower efficiency (teeth does not feel silky smooth after brushing) and needs to be charged more frequently and have a clearly more noticeable difference in performance when newly charged.
Graduate degrees in the field of dental hygiene are typically two-year programs and are completed after the bachelor’s degree. Common graduate courses in dental hygiene include Healthcare Management, Lab Instruction, and Clinical Instruction.
DiamondClean – The DiamondClean Sonicare toothbrush head is one of the most popular brush heads in the Sonicare range. It is able to remove up to 7 times more plaque than you would be able to clean using a standard manual toothbrush. This brush head is so effective at removing plaque and stains that within just 1 week of beginning to use this brush head, you can expect to have removed 100% of the stained from your teeth. There are no other brush heads on the market today that can offer you such great results when it comes to cleaning your teeth for a whiter smile.
As you’ll see below there’s a giant price difference between the top and bottom-end Sonicares. And based on this single factor alone, it’s easy enough to anticipate that while some models may share similar features and specifications, they’re probably not really equals. (It’s been our experience that some Sonicare representatives are pretty quick to harp this point when you call with questions.)
The bristles are some 25% softer than most other brush heads and the bristles are trimmed in such as way that the experience on the teeth and gums should be softer and more enjoyable for those with sensitive teeth and gums.
I’m a dental hygienist and I promise you the picture with the plaque/tarter removed is after a clinical hygiene appointment. The gum tissue is red and has a little bleeding because the instruments have been in the area removing the tarter. Not oil pulling, baking a soda or vinegar. With that being said, I do not know the research behind those methods helping to stop these plaque and debris from forming. But I do know it will not remove the calcified deposits.
Does NOT include Sonicare toothbrush. Includes toothbrush heads only. 4 High Quality Generic. Reminder bristles let you know when to change brush heads gums as the brush head vibrates, cleaning a 10% …
Thanks for your very helpful articles on the Sonicare models. They were really useful for cutting through the fat so to speak. I ended up purchasing the series 3 gum health. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that the user can’t disable smart timer or quadpacer on this model if desired (others with mode button can disable quad pacer). I also didn’t realize that the toothbrush shuts off after two minutes (smarttimer). Not sure if i just missed out on this, or if it needs to be added. Not a huge problem; i may actually need these timers to brush properly for at least two minutes.