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:
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.
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.
Ok, I am also a hygienist. And for those of you who do not have dental insurance or the money to go to the dentist, the BEST way to reduce plaque and tartar is to brush, floss, and use mouth rinse 2XDay.
people make fun of me because my teeth are yellow , its because , if i brush i teeth too ruff my gums will gush out blood , so when i brush my teeth , i cant get all the plaque off my teeth , and i eat alot , so plaque always build up especially when i eat batter stuff , like bread , muffins , pancakes , etc … i used the activated charcoal , it had my teeth looking white for about ten minutes then they get yellow again … im afraid to try the baking soda and salt method because like i dont know if its gonna hurt my gums and teeth or not
A 2014 study published in the Journal of Oral Health and Dental Management found that aloe vera demonstrates a similar effect on plaque and gingivitis compared with the benchmark control chlorhexidine mouthwash.
Eat apples and melons. Eating an apple or some melon directly after a meal will help to clean your teeth naturally and prevent plaque from building up on the surface of your teeth. This will also help to keep gums healthy and prevent them from bleeding.
Additional Sonicare features – We discuss Sonicare’s UV brush head sanitizer in this section. We also explain features and issues associated with Sonicare battery types, charging units, working voltages, battery replacement and travel features.
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.
Thanks for your feedback on our pick. We’ll definitely keep the buildup issue you mention in mind next time we revisit this guide. If you were happier with the Sonicare than you are with the Oral-B, then you should switch back. We’re sorry our pick didn’t work out, but what matters most to us is that you have a product that you like.
Online reviews – We looked at other peoples’ reviews for two reasons. First, to determine more or less what consumers think about the product. Second, to determine how many of the Amazon reviewers were genuine and how many received a product in return. This is important to us because it speaks about the integrity of the brand and the product. There are Amazon reviewers who make a living by leaving positive reviews for a variety of brands and we know how to spot them.
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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.
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The coloring will stick to the plaque and tartar buildup. Once you know where the problem areas are, you can address them and refocus your brushing on those spots; the color will disappear as you remove the plaque that it’s sticking to. Take the precaution of dabbing a little bit of lip balm around your lips to keep the food coloring from staining.
An ultrasonic toothbrush actually doesn’t sweep over the teeth at all. Instead, very fast vibrations at an ultrasound frequency move over the teeth to remove any plaque or bacteria build-ups. The vibrations break down the molecules of bacteria and the resulting plaque and the vibrations can even penetrate up to 5mm below the gum line so that you can be sure to have really clean teeth.
Because dental hygienists are in such demand, you can earn a relatively good salary right away. The median annual pay for dental hygienists is $68,250 – or $32.81 per hour – according to BLS, and it can vary based upon experience and whether you are a full- or part-time employee.
I’m a dental hygienist and have worked in areas volunteering including in shelters where people cannot afford “regular” dental visits. But please please do not run anything acidic on your teeth and leave it there for it to scientifically proven eat away at your teeth. Baking soda does have a toothpaste but large amounts causes microabrasions in the teeth, potentially causing tooth damage and increased staining. Light toothbrushing half on the tooth half on the gums with a basic fluoridated toothpaste , floss, and listerine mouth rinse will do the tricks. These are scientifically proven recommendations. Tartar builds up from increased minerals in the saliva, it’s natural but it also builds up underneath the gums which staying there for years can cause bone loss and infection in the body. Try to go if you can save up the 120 cleaning at least once a year, and if not do your best but be careful wielding sharp picks in your mouth it took me three years of school to learn that skill 😉
just a note, waterpik is not a new brand, I have used them for quite a long time. The sonic brush is new and ive had it since cristmas (i got the model that comes with the waterpic base and could not be happier
We’d like to think that the information we present on this page does a fairly decent job of pointing out both brush strengths and deficiencies, and in a manner that helps the reader to then make a decision about what level of brush seems to best serve their needs.
Thoroughly rinse toothbrushes with tap water after brushing to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris. Store the brush in an upright position if possible and allow the toothbrush to air-dry until used again. If more than one brush is stored in the same holder or area, keep the brushes separated to prevent cross-contamination.
A 2008 study published in The Journal of Clinical Dentistry analyzed five clinical studies and concluded that baking soda paste or powder can more efficiently remove plaque than non-baking soda products.
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.
Of course, the big question is, how well does it clean teeth? Very well apparently! My teeth were noticeably whiter after 1 week using only the standard cross action head. I will likely try the whitening head at some point in accordance with the whitening program in the app. The brush head has visible movement, in contrast with the Sonicare which has more movements, but they are smaller movements, and only linear movements.
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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.
Even the extra soft bristles in Sonicare brush heads must maintain a certain stiffness to effectively remove plaque. Studies show that bristles begin to lose their stiffness due to splay and fatigue after three months of normal use though, these changes are only visible with a microscope.
The Pro 1000 is rated to last for seven days of brushing sessions on one charge; in our real-world testing, it lasted for 11½ days, which is average for a brush in this price range. Like the more expensive models we tested, the brush survived its drop test, fits in its charging cradle well, and can switch out brush heads easily. Oral-B changes the name of this brush about once a year, but functionally the entire series remains pretty much the same.
Both Dr. McConnell and Casper say that sonic toothbrushes tend to work better because they’re similar to the microsonic scaler equipment used in a professional clinic. Microsonic scaler technology removes both the biofilm (goo) and calculus (hard deposits) on teeth.
Smoking is one of the leading risk factors associated with periodontal diseases. It is thought that smoking impairs and alters normal immune responses, eliciting destructive processes while inhibiting reparative responses promoting the incidence and development of periodontal diseases.
The non-contact cleaning action of a Sonicare is dependent on the way it agitates the fluids surrounding the teeth. As such, you’d have to assume that lower-power setting creates a lesser non-contact cleaning effect. But whether this relationship curve is linear or exponential in shape, we don’t know.