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.
Quit being such a know-it-all. Not every one can afford to go to a dentist or even have dental insurance for that matter. If it even helps a little bit, then it’s better for them to try it than to let their teeth and gums go to pot. Just my opinion and probably many others.
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.
At Dental Dorks we stand strongly behind our choice of the Sonicare 2 Series. It has an elegant minimalist design and it comes equipped with all necessary features, such as the two-minute timer. In addition, it is very gentle on the gum line and teeth, while completely obliterating plaque and food debris with its sonic speed. Being a part of the Sonicare family, it comes with 31,000 brush strokes per minute, which is more than enough to achieve a better oral hygiene right off the bat!
There is a very good reason why commercial toothpaste recipes almost always contain fluoride. This substance strengthens the tooth enamel and lessens the risk of decay from acidic foods and drinks. In fact, it actually helps decayed teeth to heal and regenerate. The only problem is that this process occurs too slowly for brushing alone to prevent cavities. You also need to eat a healthy diet and steer clear of sugary snacks.
Give it lots of fresh air. Store your toothbrush in an open-air holder, not in a dirty cup, drawer or travel case. That can promote the growth of mold or bacteria that isn’t natural to your mouth, leading to mouth diseases like gingivitis. “If you have any question about the effectiveness of your toothbrush, just get a new one,” advises Dr. Kahn.
This article approached the topic exactly as I would have and was so helpful! I had started to get confused about the subtle differences between models I was considering; your summary and all the related info was just the ticket. Thanks for taking the time to create it–a very valuable service.
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!
The demand for dental services will increase as the population ages. As the large baby-boom population ages and people keep more of their original teeth than did previous generations, the need to maintain and treat teeth will continue to drive demand for dental care.
Download, save and print a PDF of the Dental Hygienist Academic Pathway Chart (November 2010) for information about courses you can take in high school to help prepare you for a career as a dental hygienist.
Careful, sustained brushing. Wait half an hour after each meal, then brush your teeth. This removes plaque and prevents tartar from forming. If you brush as long as three minutes, using the right technique, you should be able to remove all of the plaque.
Proper tooth brushing is critically important to good dental hygiene. Parents can help their children practice proper tooth brushing by starting to clean teeth early, using the right amount of fluoride toothpaste, supervising tooth brushing, and talking to a pediatrician or dentist about a child’s specific fluoride needs. More information on caring for children’s teeth may be found at CDC’s Brush Up on Healthy Teeth pages.
Our list is designed to meet the needs of the average powered toothbrush consumer. Statistically speaking, these reviews are aimed at the 80% of people, or the middle of the curve. We have factored in cost as a practical consideration. However, we do recognize that there are consumers who are willing to splash more money. Hence, we reviewed higher end sonic toothbrush models as well.
We have to assume that these numbers represent the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). But on more than one occasion we found online retailers displaying a higher “listed” price (which makes their “discounted” price look better).
Unlike dental assistants, whose job duties must generally be performed under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist, dental hygienists perform much of their work independently, with only general supervision from a licensed dentist.
It has Clean mode (the one we feel is most important to have), and has the added flexibility of 3 brushing “intensities” (high intensity being the one we would use). It seems likely that the 3 Series is intended to replace the EasyClean in the Sonicare line up.
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.
California dental hygienists, on the other hand, are permitted to perform all of the above job duties under the general supervision of a licensed dentist, with the exception of the administration of local anesthesia, the administration of nitrous oxide, and soft tissue curettage, which must be performed under direct supervision.
It seems to us that you could make that case. But we’d also suggest that setting that requirement might indicate that the way the brush is being used isn’t the manner for which it was designed. We’ll also state that the purpose of our review is one of making reasonable choices, balancing cost and capabilities.
Sterline also offers the widely marketed UV clean technology that is supposed to kill 99.9% of bacteria on brush heads. Arguably, once the brush heads are stored inside the case, the UV lights are activated and leftover germs are eliminated. This is something that we are not completely sold on. It has nothing to do with the brand, but with the technology itself. There is very little academic research to support these claims, and frankly, we could not find any that is reliably associated with well-known faculties.
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.
This is where the compact brush heads come in. Smaller in size, they cover less tooth surface area when in the mouth, but they are easier to move and manipulate in tighter spaces or harder to reach areas such as the back teeth.
Electric toothbrushes cost about 10 times as much as a manual toothbrushes, and you have to replace the brush heads at the same frequency (every three months), each for about the same cost as a manual brush.
That gives you a lot of options to choose from when buying replacement heads (that alone is an important feature). And for this reason, we don’t place great emphasis on which type comes with which model.
Katrina Stackhouse has contributed to the “Southern Illinoisan Health Magazine.” She holds a Bachelor of Science in public relations and a Master of Science in professional media management, both from Southern Illinois University.
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Prior to this, dental hygienists were first domestically trained in 1974 for use in the New Zealand Defence Force. The one-year course was taught by the Royal New Zealand Dental Corp at the Burnham army base outside Christchurch. Hygiene training was briefly offered at the Wellington School for Dental Nurses in 1990 as 2 week a supplement to Dental Therapy students training. However, this was quickly discontinued.
Would dental hygiene be a good career while still pursuing another. I was thinking that I could do DH since its short & then use that to work and pay through another career…I don’t know may be dental school?
It’s easy enough to say that using a brush that has a more refined design (less noise, less handle vibration) makes for a more pleasant brushing experience. But how important those characteristics are for you to accomplish the act of brushing your teeth would simply be up to you.
According to the American Dental Hygienists Association, there are more than 330 dental hygiene programs offered in the U.S. Most hygienists have at least an associate degree, but some get bachelor’s degrees in dental hygiene – and even master’s degrees to further their careers. To practice, dental hygienists also have to obtain a state-specific license. Although the requirements vary state to state, most require graduation from an accredited program and the completion of a written and practical exam.
Back in the day inventors were happy when they got to the point of running electricity through a toothbrush. This, however, is no longer the case. Just like technology did not stop with one kind of smartphone, it did not stop with one kind of motor-powered toothbrush. The continuous consumer demand for better and newer products has shaped the dental health industry into one of the largest in the USA.
If you want to have fresh breath, the first place to start is with your teeth. Excess tartar build-up on teeth can cause a variety of problems including bad breath, gingivitis, and gum disease. If you want your teeth to look their best and their brightest, make sure you use a combination of a good toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
W3 Premium White – Helps whiten teeth in just 3 days by removing plaque and surface stains. 4 times more surface contact. Automatically selects optimal cleaning mode for the best results. (Best suited to BrushSync compatible handle)
These numbers don’t mean that you can’t be just as effective in removing plaque with either a manual or conventional toothbrush. But due to their high rate of speed, it’s easy to see why sonics make a good, efficient brushing choice.
[Frequency is measured in Hertz (hz) and it’s units are cycles per second. One brush stroke (either up or down) equals 1/2 cycle, so the number above must be divided by 2. And then, of course, there are 60 seconds per minute, so the number above also needs to be divided by 60.]
A guy did a full-on replacement of the Oral-B’s native battery with a standard AA Eneloop. He didn’t have to do anything besides solder new leads to the battery and it worked tremendously well – in fact, the brush held its charge far better and worked more effectively with the Eneloop.
A manual toothbrush is an oral hygiene product that consists of a group of bristles attached to a handle. It is not electrically powered, so it requires the user to move the toothbrush around the teeth and gums in a circular motion. It is essential for good oral hygiene because it helps remove food and plaque from the teeth.
Mouthwash kills the germs in your mouth, so it seems logical that it could kill those germs on your toothbrush too! Just soak your toothbrush bristles in mouthwash for several minutes, then rinse thoroughly with hot water. (thanks Rachel)
1 Newton is roughly the amount of force that a object weighing 1/5 lbs. places on the surface it is resting on, such as the palm of your hand. (A smallish apple is often given as an example of something that weighs about one-fifth of a pound.)
The Oral-B Pro 1000 brush comes with a minimal charging pedestal that simply requires dropping the brush onto a peg. Fully charged, it lasts for at least a week of twice-daily two-minute brushing sessions before needing a recharge, which is on a par with the other toothbrushes we tested in this price range and plenty for most people.