It is important to have tartar removed, because it greatly increases the risk of decay and gum disease. If left untreated, chronic gingivitis and degenerative tooth loss may be the outcome. For patients with underlying health conditions, the consequences can be extremely serious. Dental scientists now know that poor oral health can contribute to the development of things like diabetes and coronary disease.
Prerequisites for an associate’s degree include a high school diploma and minimum education requirements in major subject areas. ACT or SAT scores may be required. Bachelor’s degree programs require a high school diploma or equivalent, or an associate’s degree in dental hygiene; ACT or SAT scores are required, and schools of dentistry may also request letters of recommendation. Both associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs require intensive clinical components, such as hours of hands-on experience in a healthcare setting.
Keep an eye on how hard you are brushing your teeth. You should not be placing a great pressure on them. It will not clean your teeth faster or better; be reasonably gentle and use a soft bristled brush for comfort. It is a common misconception to believe that hard bristled brushes are better at getting rid of plaque.
The more bells and whistles your toothbrush has, the more expensive it will be, so it’s important to think about what features you’ll actually use. Sure, gum massaging modes and phone apps sound appealing, but if you’re not going to use these features daily you shouldn’t have to pay for them. We asked our experts which features were essential for improving brushing technique and which might be useful but not necessary. They narrowed it down to the following options:
Most dental hygienists earn an associate’s degree, which takes about two years to complete. Your schooling will include time in the classroom and lab as well as a period of clinical experience. The latter is necessary to give you real-world experience before you embark on your career.
The unique characteristic of a sonic toothbrush is the way it creates a secondary cleaning action (one that helps to clean beyond where the brush’s bristles actually touch) due to the manner in which it agitates the fluids that surround your teeth. (Here’s how this works.)
If you are in the habit of brushing twice a day for at least two minutes in a circular, polishing motion with your current regular toothbrush, you may not notice much of a change when you switch to an electric one. However, many of our testers who usually use manual brushes favored the gentler experience of using an electric toothbrush, though some models left them with sore mouths.
Dental hygienists make comfortable salaries, especially considering half of them work part time. In 2016, their median salary was $72,910, according to the BLS. The best-paid 10 percent earned $100,170, and the lowest-paid 10 percent earned $50,870.
Rosemary essential oil contains amazing antibacterial properties that can take care of all your oral health needs. It functions as a disinfectant, killing all the horrible bacteria that generates plaque, bad breath, cavities and other mouth diseases, as well as eradicating plaque that already exists. Simply mix two drops of rosemary into a teaspoon of carrier oil (i.e. coconut oil) and swish in mouth for about 10 minutes. Spit into sink and brush as regular, repeat twice every day for the most benefit.
Rub orange peel on your teeth. The vitamin C in citrus fruits such as oranges may help to prevent microorganisms from growing on the surface of teeth. Try rubbing the rind of the orange over the surface of your teeth before going to sleep at night.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that all of the bargain models aren’t good brushes or can’t be effective when used. In fact, some of them represent the best Sonicares of yesteryear (the Essence and its updated version the Essence+ models).
“Of course something this size isn’t gonna be as powerful as a full-size Sonicare or Oral-B electric toothbrush, but this is awesome and much better than a nonelectric travel toothbrush. The design is great — love that you can’t accidentally turn it on in your purse. Also love that it came with a triple-A battery and an extra brush head. Would buy again and would highly recommend!”
The right toothbrush for you depends on your personal preference—do you want a classic brush that costs a couple bucks at the drugstore? Or do you want to shell out for an electric toothbrush that does some of the work for you? According the American Dental Association, they both work equally well to clean your teeth. But a powered toothbrush might help you ditch some of your bad brushing habits—like not going for long enough and failing to hit hard-to-reach spots—and a 2014 Cochrane review of gave powered models a slight edge over the classic toothbrush.
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Using the Sonicare DimaondClean Smart with the C3 Premium Plaque Control, G3 Premium Gum Care & W3 Premium White brush head? If so, thanks to a special chip built into the head, a brush head reminder icon will light up on your brush handle when it is time to change.
When it comes to keeping gums healthy, flossing is only part of the story. Gentle gum cleaning stimulates and rejuvenates them by improving circulation. With Philips Sonicare, you could see your gum health improve in just two weeks¹. Team up your gum care electric toothbrush with the AdaptiveClean brush head; this adapts to the contours of your gums and teeth for a deep but gentle clean.
With this model, we already see some design improvements in terms of weight loss. This is a more comfortable to hold model than the Essence. It feels and looks sleeker and more glamorous. And, it comes in 6 color combinations: Blue/White, Black, Coral, Coral/White, Guacamole, Steel Blue. In case you wonder, I also thought Guacamole was a Mexican dish served with delicious nachos. Turns out it is now also a color.
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As a dentist, I have been in the situation of having an HMO patient tell me that I could make a lot of money if I would put in some extra hygiene rooms and hire some more hygienists, that I could “clean up” doing cleanings that his HMO has deliberately misled him into believing that it reimburses.
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As for the strange silicone bristles of the Foreo, Dr. Glassman revealed that “silicone is non-abrasive, which makes it impossible to put too much pressure on your teeth, thus preventing gum recession and sensitivity.” Our experts also explained that unlike standard nylon bristles, silicone is nonporous which leaves less room on the bristles for bacteria to grow. While this makes the Foreo sound perfect, Dr. Glassman warned us that “there is not a lot of literature or clinical studies on their effectiveness with removing bacteria” from teeth. Dr. Lawlor agreed and explained “the bristle size is too thick for the silicone at this point, it’ll be too bulky to slip under your gums. There’s hope for the future, but it’s important to not give up important designs.” For now, the regular bristles of our top picks are the most effective way to go.
Brushing modes: Different brushing modes — like teeth whitening, gum massaging, and pro-cleaning — change the number of oscillations or vibrations per minute. However, we couldn’t find concrete evidence that these different modes were doing what they promised. In contrast, studies show that simply brushing for two minutes with proper technique, using effective toothpaste, and flossing will live up to the promise of better dental health.
I thought the point was to leave it on the charging dock. “Every other day”? I leave mine charging, the battery is great. When I need to travel for a weekend the battery more than accomplishes the task.. I have no expectations greater than that with a brand new toothbrush.
Extremely happy with these heads. A great value compared to the Sonicare name brand heads. My wife actually prefers the feel of them to the others. I don’t differ on the two, other than they are ton cheaper and work just as well, so how can you go wrong.
You touched on the issue of sensitivity, but not gum disease. I’ve had periodontitis for years, but it’s gotten much worse. I can’t afford to see a dentist anymore, so an electric toothbrush has become even more critical. I started using the flossing head, but it’s made matters worse. I have to use Peroxyl because my gums are so raw.
NiCd batteries have an attribute called ‘memory’, which quickly eats away the battery life if you don’t fully discharge the battery before charging it again. Since the voltage fall-off curve is fairly soft, that means the toothbrush or whatever it is that you’re using will lose effectiveness long before you fully discharge the battery as well. Also, I think it’s worth mentioning that I believe some Sonicare models use NiMH batteries (most modern rechargables probably should, if not Li-ion…)
Not to brag, but we have spent some considerable time working on this list. All features mentioned above are current as of February 25th, 2017. But, they are subject to change, as we have no control over what the manufacturers do, or choose to include in their models.
“So satisfied with this electric toothbrush: It’s my favorite fancy-pink color, has a super-amazing design, and is very convenient to use. It has a very powerful cleaning system. After brushing, my teeth feel so clean, and it can effectively improve gum and oral health. Great product!”