The new replacement head works just as well as the old one. If I have to replacement every three months, that’s fine. I agree with other reviewers – it’s a small price to pay to avoid high dental bills.
Also, some of the dental hygeneists here offering advice are clearly close-minded and ignorant and are just regurgitating what their text-books told them…”Indoctrinate yourself with this text book, don’t use any critical thinking and don’t question, pass these tests, now we’ll give you a certification paper and you’ll be payed well and have a intellectual sounding title for your job/career”. WAKE UP! These are the same sort of mindless zombies who probably think big-agro and big-pharma companies (eg. Monsanto, Merck, Pfizer) are moral companies with the health of others as their interest which couldn’t be further from the truth (their interests are profits, power, and poison).
Being able to reach 31,000 brush strokes per minute, the Sensonic Professional Plus has earned its place among the big boys. Namely, Philips and Oral-B. In fact, this Waterpik model is about 25% faster than Philips’ Sonicare FlexCare model.
This is some of the worst advice I have ever seen! Just curious…..do you have a degree in dentistry?? Using baking soda on a regular basis is very abrasive on the teeth which in turn can cause erosion to the enamel and sensitivity. Rubbing citrus fruits on teeth? Are you kidding me? The acid from the citrus can cause erosion on the teeth, which in turn causes sensitivity, in some cases sensitivity bad enough to the point that restorative dentistry needs to be done. We see it all the time with people that suck on lemons! And suggesting using a “dental pic” as you call it…it’s called a scaler; should NEVER be done by anyone other than a hygienist or dentist. You can cause damage to the gum tissue if you don’t know what you’re doing. Stupid advice! All of it is nonsense! Don’t do any of these things! Get the tarter/calculus removed by a professional!
Someone’s sending me a Waterpik, if that makes any difference, and I’m searching for rinses that may help alleviate some of these problems. Thanks for the review, and for your help. Sorry this is so long.
Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from providing patient care and taking x rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where they work.
It’s unfortunate there isn’t better information on the possible benefits of the “sonic” cleaning action. If I read correctly, the difference is ~30k per minute frequency vs ~3k per minute, the higher frequency naturally being accompanied by smaller vibration amplitudes. It’s easy to imagine that as the brush head moves over a surface, each point on that surface is “agitated” many more times, on a different scale of movement, making for a radically different mechanical cleaning action.
This is the main focus of this page. Trying to determine which model seems to make a best (most reasonable) choice in terms of effectiveness, functionality, reliability and so forth, while also keeping cost to a minimum.
Agreed. I did successfully replace the batteries in both of my Oral-B brushes, but it took some de-soldering, cutting, and re-soldering to get the job done. In the end, I was able to use larger capacity batteries, but it was a lot of work. Unless you are handy and/or work with electronics, I don’t recommend it.
Our toothbrushes end up in his mouth, on the floor, behind furniture…you get the idea. Germs from all over the house end up on our toothbrushes. If we replaced our toothbrushes every day, we would go broke. So, we learned to do the next best thing…disinfect them.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love these things when they work. But they are exceptionally unreliable. Reading the comments and reviews on Amazon, it appears I’m not alone. However, it also appears their competitors suffer from the same issues of reliability. So I think as long as you are prepared for a very short life and are willing to shell out the cash, they are worth purchasing. Just be aware.
You would be surprised at how many natural home remedies there are for plaque removal. For example, did you know figs are great at fighting bacteria and other nasties on teeth? You just have to eat a handful (three or four) figs all at the same time. Chew them up slowly and deliberately, to give them as much exposure to the gums and teeth as possible. The chewing will kickstart the salivary glands and, as saliva contains antibacterial properties, this is only ever a bad thing for plaque and tartar accumulations.
The biggest problem with the Essence is that you’re severely limited on the style of replacement brush heads. And for that reason the Essence+, while newer and less tested but seemingly the same mechanism, to us seems to make the better choice.
There are certainly times buying a new toothbrush is the best option. But if your toothbrush ends up in a place it shouldn’t have been or if you get sick right after you replace yours, you can save a little cash and disinfect your toothbrush.
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:
Just a little FYI, make sure you are replacing your brush at least every 4-6 months because the bristles truly are not cleaning as effectively any longer. That’s not just a gimmick to get you to buy a new one 😉 The tips of the bristles become rough & aren’t working the same. Also if your bristles are flayed, then you NEED a new one! You also need to stop scrubbing with so much pressure.
Tartar or calculus is formed when calcium and phosphate bind in your mouth they form crystals these crystal harden and thus you have tartar . Using toothpaste with tetrasodium pyrophosphate helps to prevent tartar from forming by removing calcium and magnesium from our saliva inhibiting the formation of calculus. A clinical study on tartar was done over 12 week period using toothpaste with tetrasodium pyrophosphate and sodium tripolyphosphate on 73 subjects who had a Volpe Manhold Calculus Index of 7.0 and greater. After the twelve weeks, the subjects saw a 43.5 % reduction in Calculus Index score. Triclosan is an antimicrobial which clinical studies shows kills the germs between our teeth and gum but some dentists believe this is not that important ingredient once we keep our mouth clean. These toothpaste can be easily be found in your local store check them out.
The Pro 1000 was also quite comfortable to use. Oral-B models use rotation and pulsation, so its brushes don’t buzz as intensely when the brush’s head touches your other teeth. All Sonicares vibrate at the same (high) frequency and produce a more jarring sensation when the back of the brush collides with other teeth.
I’ve used this for years as an alternative to commercial and toxic cleaners. While many of these commercials cleaners kill more germs than the natural ones, you are left with the after effects of their toxins. That is not something I want in my home.
When you consider the long-term use of a sonic toothbrush over years and decades, it only makes sense that the additional non-contact cleaning effect it creates may be significant (as compared to conventional electric or manual toothbrushes which don’t provide this benefit).
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Pressure Sensor: A pressure sensor will notify you if you are brushing too hard, which Dr. Glassman explained “can irritate the gums, causing soreness or bleeding. Over a long period of time, this kind of heavy brushing could cause conditions such as gum recession.” Highly recommended by our experts, a pressure sensor will buzz, flash a light, or even pause brushing to let you know you need to ease up a little. In theory, a pressure sensor is great for improving technique, but sometimes it can take an excessive amount of pressure to activate them. Since this isn’t a foolproof feature, we didn’t make it a dealbreaker, but we brought in several brushes with pressure sensors across different price points to see how this feature ranked with our testers.
Flossing helps remove debris and interproximal dental plaque, the plaque that collects between two teeth. Dental floss (or dental tape) helps clean these hard-to-reach tooth surfaces and reduces the likelihood of gum disease and tooth decay.
Eventually, the plaque grows enough that oxygen can no longer penetrate it. This kills off the aerobic bacteria, which need oxygen to live. At this point, anaerobic bacteria of many kinds begin to colonize the plaque. S. mutans is facultatively anaerobic, meaning that it can survive without oxygen if it needs to. The S. mutans and other anaerobic bacteria use biochemical fermentation pathways to break down sucrose, which generates lactic acid as a byproduct. This lactic acid can decrease the plaque’s pH to 5.5 or lower, which is the threshold at which enamel demineralization can occur.
Hello I am in my first semester of dental hygiene school. I am 31 years old with a prior college degree. It is not like the normal college experience at all. Very stressful program and very intensive. The skill is very hard to learn and you either have it or you don’t. It can be frustrating at times. It is not easy, you will earn your money in this profession. And hard to leaen and practive on live patients. The money attracted me, at first I didn’t know what I’ve gotten myself into when I saw how difficult this program is, but it is kind of growing on me. .. Still not sure if I will make it through.
That is a completely ad hominem attack on a scientific paper in a peer-reviewed journal. Do you have any specific complaints with their methods, procedures, or analysis, which is completely laid out in the open? If so, then let’s hear them. That’s the great thing about the scientific method.
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.
Dental hygienists work together with other dental professionals, with a higher number working at general practices with Dentists, dental therapists and oral health therapists. A smaller number work at specialist practices alongside orthodontists and periodontists. They help with the contribution of an interdisciplinary approach, aiming to provide optimum oral health care to their patients. Dental hygienists also aim to work inter-professionally to provide holistic oral health care in the best interest of their patient. Dental hygienists also offer expertise in their field and can provide a dental hygiene diagnosis, which is an integral component of the comprehensive dental diagnosis.
The phrase sonic toothbrush is widely associated with Philips. It is done right so, considering that the giant Dutch technology company was the first to introduce the sonic models to the market. However, that was back in 2000. Now, they are not the only manufacturers and producers of sonic oral hygiene products.
Overall (primarily based on what we’ve read in the comments found on large retailer websites) it’s our impression that first-time Sonicare owners are generally satisfied with this brush (as an improvement over their manual one) but previous owners tend not to be.
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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.)
Via our researcher & Amazon: “Unlike brushes that just vibrate, Oral-B’s clinically proven technology pulsates to break up plaque and oscillates and rotates to sweep plaque away”& “The Vitality series only rotates”.
Never before have dental hygienists had such a wealth of opportunities for their schooling and careers. Gone are the old stereotypes of a hygienist confined solely to a traditional clinical practice. Today’s dental hygienist is found everywhere from the classroom to the corporate office. Here’s how to become a dental hygienist.
This is the redesigned successor of the above mentioned Essence model. There are some visible improvements, but there are also some gray areas. This newer model costs on average 50% or so more than the older one.
If you had read a lot of reviews of Sonicare toothbrushes at Amazon,like I did,I don’t think you would be recommending the Series 2 and 3.Apparently,from what I can tell,Philips came out with these,which are lower quality, much noisier,more vibration,to offer a lower price point.Seems like the best choices would be the older,proven Essence or higher end,like Healthy White,etc.Also,don’t drop the Healthy White,or similar models,on the brush end or a metal piece will break(very common problem) and Philips won’t sell you that part.So,my conclusion is that the older Essence with the screw on head would be the absolute most reliable,best choice.
There is no dark magic and wizardly spells surrounding these vibrating and rotating toothbrushes. They are rather simple devices powered by a small motor that makes motions at sonic speed. The purpose of these electric gadgets is to help clean teeth by using rapid and automatic bristle motions.
The Sonicare 2 Series isn’t without perks, though. When you first start using it, the Sonicare starts off with lower vibrations in order to ease you through the adjustment experience. Our tester appreciated this and told us “the fact that it gently eases into cleaning at full force over 14 sessions makes the experience feel more thoughtful.” We agree, and appreciate that the Sonicare focuses on getting you more comfortable with a proper brushing experience.
For this reason, our reviews were not limited to Philips’ Sonicare series. Instead, we looked at all current market competitors, such as Waterpik, Pursonic, Panasonic, CUH, Aiyabrush, Foreo, Sterline, and 2Nice. This allowed us to compare technologies, user experience, and customer service around the industry. It also contributed to a more holistic and complete list.
Having said that, while never a “top” model itself the Essence represents the yesteryear Sonicare technology that this line built its reputation on (both in the marketplace and dental research). That means you can be effective with this brush. And for people stepping up from a manual one, the difference should be noticeable.
Watch the Step-By-Step Routine How to Remove Tartar BuildupIf you don’t remove plaque from your teeth with proper flossing and tooth brushing, you are increasing your risk for developing a cavity and tartar buildup. Cavities are among the most common dental problems in people around the world, but good oral care, including proper flossing, can help prevent them.And don’t forget to schedule regular dental checkups for a professional cleaning and to identify problems before they become serious. If your dentist identifies tartar buildup or a cavity early, he or she might recommend a series of fluoride treatments to help restore or re-mineralize the demineralized tooth enamel and help prevent the need for a filling. Fluoride treatments can be in the form of a gel, rinse, foam or varnish. The fluoride product is placed on the teeth for a short time and is incorporated into the tooth structure to make enamel harder and more resistant to demineralization (break-down). Tartar buildup bonds strongly to enamel and can only be removed by a dental professional. If you start seeing any signs of plaque or tartar buildup, be sure to seek treatment immediately. Only a dentist can remove tartar, but you can proactively prevent it with a good brushing regimen utilizing Oral-B® Electric Toothbrushes.The Oral-B PRO 5000 even removes 22% more plaque than Sonicare Diamond Clean.*
Specifically designed to help improve the teeth whitening process, this is one of Philips higher-end electric toothbrushes. In other words, it is priced over $100. However, it does not come short of brushing features and it does have the standard patented Sonicare technology. 31,000 brush strokes per minute are not a problem for this model.
As a high school student, however, I still have a couple of concerns. Would it be a good idea to go to dental school and enter this field if you’ve never liked math? How math heavy or not math heavy would the courses be? Also, what is the job satisfaction for most dental hygienists? (I can imagine working in people’s mouths isn’t always exactly what one might consider to be glamorous!)
Need to brush using a SOFT toothbrush in a slow motion for at least 2 minutes (making sure to not use too much pressure or brush too fast). Please learn how to properly brush and floss (unfortunately many people do not know how). As far as mouthwash, I personally like to use 2 different types, Listerine and Act or Plax. Listerine is great & I have great results with patients, but it can be too harsh to use more than once a day. Most think Listerine burns, which it does when first using it. Dilute it with water 50/50 and every few days increase the Listerine part…… it will ease you into its use.
The TAO Clean Aura Clean Base Station uses powerful Ultraviolet-C rays to kill 99.9% of germs while your toothbrush is not in use. It also protects, dries, charges it, and takes up minimal space on your bathroom counter
SmartTimer – This timer turns the toothbrush off after 2 minutes of usage. It can be annoying, but then again, all you need to do to continue is press the start button on the handle. This feature is mostly renowned because it motivates people to brush for the entire 2 minutes. We, however, considered it because it can also remind users when it’s time to stop. Therefore, avoiding over-brushing that can cause gum swallowing and bleeding.
No ordinary brush head though is this. Thanks to a built in chip, when you fit onto a compatible brush handle, the microchip communicates with the brush handle to launch the optimum cleaning mode and intensity level for the most effective plaque removal experience.