In order to begin a dental hygiene associate’s degree program, students are usually required to complete a certain number of prerequisite courses with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. The topics can range from science to communications:
EasyStart – This is a feature introduced by Philips and their Sonicare series. It basically helps new sonic toothbrush users to get used to the high-frequency vibrations by slowly increasing them over time. This is great if you are not used to 31,000 brush strokes per minute. Which you will not be used to if you have been using a manual toothbrush till now.
That’s not necessarily a problem, or even completely correct. Even if the tip of the bristle is essentially immobile, it’s possible for a pressure wave to be transmitted through the various media involved.
Just went on vacation and was battling the beginning of a cold. Did everything you can think of not to be sick on vacation and I conquered it and was great all through vacation. My son was prescribed a zpack before we left and took it starting a day before we left and immediately got better. FYI I took a diff toothbrush on trip. When I got back 2 weeks later (brushed with toothbrush I had at home) and my throat started hurting exactly how it had two weeks before and ended up having to take a zpack 1.5 weeks later to get rid of it. After reading this post I think it was my toothbrush. I store it in a plastic open container in a drawer so it is not upright and it is dark and now I see that bacteria can live 2 weeks in the dark and I live in a very humid area so very well could have been my toothbrush!!! Thanks for the great tips, I will change my toothbrush habits and teach my family too!!
Wow. I have now bought and own both a FlexCare and a DiamondClean model. The difference in vibration between these models and the 2 Series is many times over. My teeth feel much cleaner, the strength/power of the vibrations is much more intense with these higher end models.
The Nimbus Microfine Toothbrush is gentle, but effective, so it’s ideal if you want softness as well as complete plaque removal. It was designed by a periodontist to protect your mouth and prevent damage to the gums and teeth, while effectively removing plaque. It has long-tapered extra fine bristles along with shorter, support bristles, which together will reach into hard-to-reach areas, ensuring optimum plaque removal. The extra soft, extra-fine, flexible bristles are supported by a regular size head and comfort-engineered, easy-to-control handle. The soft, pliable bristles make them ideal for anyone with sensitive teeth and receding gums.
However, sonic toothbrushes can produce a secondary effect described in a handful of studies involving fluid dynamics. Independent research does show that the fluid dynamics generated by a toothbrush moving at high frequency can “remove bacteria in vitro even at distances up to 4 mm beyond the tips of the bristles” (Stanford, 1997). The efficacy of this movement varied depending on the distance and time spent, and nothing will remove 100 percent of the bacteria/plaque all the time, but this is a significant, if secondary, effect generated by a “sonic” toothbrush.
Tartar is also known as hardened plaque. It is composed of organic and inorganic compounds. The organic compounds consist of bacteria and the inorganic compounds consist of various minerals, mostly calcium phosphate crystals. It has been estimated that every gram of tartar has over 200 million bacteria.
I’m starting to suspect that the strong, oscillating movements of the Oral-B may be contributing to the problem. I had a Sonicare a million years ago, and I don’t remember it being so hard on my gums. Would switching back help, or should I get a more expensive Oral-B? I have a very small mouth, so I can’t tolerate large brush heads. I liked the Quadpacer feature, because I really do need to be reminded to brush uniformly.
The “ad hominem attack” is yours, claiming I said “it feels cleaner to me” when I said no such thing. My checkups are better, as I suspected they might be from the way my teeth felt. But I don’t use “it feels cleaner to me” as evidence, nor do I offer it as such.
Brush the length of the teeth up and down using small motions (exactly opposite of the normal Bass method where we go ‘back and forth’) until you don’t feel plaque on these teeth when you run your tongue along them. This up-and-down motion helps get the bristles along the vertical spaces between our teeth.
The Dazzlepro Advanced Sonic’s handle is a little large and unwieldy, a satiny plastic tapered toward the middle of the handle, and the charging base is hefty, but this brush does a reasonable approximation of the Sonicare brushes’ motion. The Dazzlepro brush has a separate “sensitive” cleaning mode. However, the company has a lower profile, and the warranty lasts only one year (compared with Sonicare and Oral-B’s two years), so if you need support you may be left wanting. This brush is currently unavailable on Amazon and Overstock.
Dental hygienists traditionally provide preventive and therapeutic oral health care to patients in a dentist supervised work setting. Employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through year 2018.
The Sonicare DiamondClean is the best premium electric toothbrush. Its pleasant ceramic finish, light weight and slim profile make it the most comfortable toothbrush to hold. It performs as well as the other Sonicare model we tested, though it is the most expensive toothbrush we tested.
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.
Non-surgical periodontal therapy is concerned primarily with disease prevention, and is accomplished through patient and clinician cooperative interaction. It is normally accomplished with the incorporation of patient education and motivational interviewing, and if appropriate may include discussions regarding nutrition and smoking cessation. The various treatments involved in this phase include;
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.
You say an inductive charger, something the overpriced model has, is something buyers don’t need. You may have been mislead by the packaging on that particular model. Your top two picks, and probably all rechargable brushes, use inductive chargers.
The terms ‘plaque’ and ‘tartar’ are commonly used in an interchangeable fashion. And, as they are very similar, this is not usually a problem. They are different things, however; plaque is the actual bacteria that causes decay and cavities. The tartar on your teeth is an accumulation of stains, saliva, food, dirt, and grime. It makes it easier for the plaque to take a hold of teeth.
You could also mash together a super nourishing paste of vitamin C heavy fruits. So, oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, and anything else that you have in the house. Mix together until you get a thick paste and then apply this to the tartar and plaque build ups. Leave to rest for five minutes and then rinse thoroughly. The vitamin C will help to remove bacteria and keep your mouth healthy.
This category seems ripe for disruption. The cheapest brushes on this list are $5 to $6 each? Those brushes can’t cost more than 50 cents to manufacture, and probably a lot less. Seems like an enormous waste of money to me.
It’s worth noting that with the recent introduction of the DiamondClean Smart, new smart brush heads have been introduced (C3 Premium Plaque Control, G3 Premium Gum Care & W3 Premium White). Whilst they fit and work on other models, the included smart chip that automatically selects the optimal cleaning mode works only with the DiamondClean Smart because it has BrushSync mode pairing. When Sonicare introduces more brushes with this mode, the new brush heads will also work with those models.
We do hope that this page, complete with detailed explanations and brush head comparisons, will answer many of your questions and help you find the right brush head for you and your Sonicare brush. So let’s jump straight in.
Several weeks ago the base unit’s UV light ceased working. While the base unit was still charging the handle just fine, it was no longer cleaning it. I received a new replacement only after sending my existing unit back. I would have liked to have continued using the original unit while I waited for the new one to arrive, but that was a minor inconvenience.
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
You know that super clean feeling your mouth has after a visit to the dentist? It’s because they’re able to thoroughly clean your teeth in ways that your manual toothbrush just can’t. Enter the TAO Clean Aura Clean Sonic Toothbrush and Cleaning Station. Using state-of-the-art sonic technology and 40,000 tiny brush strokes per minute, the TAO Clean Aura Clean Sonic Toothbrush and Cleaning Station safely and hygienically cleans your mouth by dislodging debris from your teeth and gums, and efficiently polishing your teeth. Not only that, but because it automatically shuts off after (dentist-recommended) 2 minutes of brushing, your pearly whites are actually getting 80,000 total brush strokes every time you brush your teeth! Do you think you could do 80,000 brush strokes in 2 minutes?
Hi Lisa! Yes, you can soak it in there for a while. I wouldn’t use it as a resting place for the toothbrush. I guess you could if you rinsed really thoroughly before using. I just wouldn’t want any residual vinegar on the toothpaste that I needed to brush with. Good luck!
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.
You mention the 4100, which seems to be priced (on the Sonicare website) more along the lines of the Sonicare 2 and 3. Sonicare has a history of producing toothbrushes aimed at specific lower-end price points and we’re not so sure those are the right brushes for us. We’ll have more to say in a week or two.
The sonic action, also known as the acoustic streaming action, was first introduced in 1983. Since then it has been improved to produce up to 40,000 brush strokes per minute. At such speed, the energy waves of pressure allow the above-mentioned bubbles and fluid molecules to reach areas between the teeth that are not accessible to bristles. The action of acoustic streaming is arguably said to go some 4mm beyond the reach of regular bristles. Technically, this means that sonic toothbrushes are capable of removing plaque from beneath the gum line.
Holding this toothbrush will not make you feel as if you are holding Zeus’ lightning bolt. But, if you are on a budget, and you want a sonic model that produces 31,000 brush stroked per minute, this one will do just fine.
hahahahahaha. my dentist recommends Sonicare, and I’ve had two in my lifetime now (I’m on my second one, which is almost 5 years old and going strong – the one before that lasted I think 7 years?) worth every penny, especially when purchased at Costco.
You see, saliva is very mineral rich to help remineralize any surface decay on our teeth. Since the lower front teeth come into contact with this rich source of minerals first, some of the minerals are deposited there first.
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The job market for dental hygienists is booming. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation will grow nearly 20 percent by 2026, which is much faster than the average growth rate for most professions. This swell in jobs is likely due to the increased awareness among consumers of how oral health is linked to their overall health.
These electric toothbrushes vibrate an astonishing 30,000+ times per minute. The high speed loosens and removes plaque, food bits, and bacteria from the surfaces of the teeth, between the teeth, and even slightly below the gum line. The speed also induces a fluid dynamic inside your mouth, which helps to remove bacteria even slightly beyond the tip of the toothbrush’s bristles. On the downside, some users don’t like the feel of the vibration, and others find sonic toothbrushes irritating to their gums.
You may not have toddlers toting your toothbrush around the house, but with Autumn just around the corner, there’s a chance you’ll need to disinfect your toothbrush. Perhaps you’ll catch a cold or virus right after you pull out a new toothbrush. Maybe you’ll just want to disinfect a toothbrush while your sick. Whatever the reason, here are a few ways to disinfect a toothbrush that may come in handy.
In recent years, scientists have studied whether toothbrushes may harbor microorganisms that could cause oral and/or systemic infection.1-4 We know that the oral cavity is home to hundreds of different types of microorganisms;5 therefore, it is not surprising that some of these microorganisms are transferred to a toothbrush during use. It may also be possible for microorganisms that are present in the environment where the toothbrush is stored to establish themselves on the brush. Toothbrushes may even have bacteria on them right out of the box4 since they are not required to be sold in a sterile package.