Dental hygienists must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene program based in an institution of higher education. Hygienists must also be licensed in the state in which they practice. Requirements for licensure vary from state to state, but generally include successful completion of an accredited entry-level program, successful completion of the written National Dental Hygiene Board examination, a state or regional clinical examination and a state jurisprudence and ethics examination.
Healthy, attractive teeth and gums for a lifetime: Who doesn’t want that? Well, it all starts with good oral hygiene, which means a quality toothbrush used twice daily, along with regular flossing. But what constitutes a good toothbrush?
The affordable Oral-B Pro 1000 makes taking good care of your teeth easy. You can pay more for additional features, but according to the experts, there’s no need to—this simple, entry-level brush cleans your teeth as well as any of the many more expensive brushes.
Well hate to break it to you but it does NOT work!! Dental schools are reduced fees to benefit the students and YOU, it is not the 25th caller it is anyone who cares enough to want good oral health which also increases good overall health. PleAse think before you believe some nonsense you read on the Internet.
We’ll also state that today when looking at the overall “star ratings” on Amazon for the Sonicare Series 2 and 3 as compared to the higher-priced models, the 2 and 3 (each having hundreds, if not thousands of reviews) have been rated just as positively, if not more so, than the higher-end brushes, so at least some users consider those brushes a reasonable choice.
However, if you prefer a larger brush, the Deep Sweep has performed favorably to Sonicare brushes in clinical studies: http://www.dentalcare.com/media/en-US/research_db/pdf/products/8week-eval-benefits-multidirectional.pdf
The funny thing about electric toothbrushes is how similar a $70 model is to a $200 one. Once we get past the features mentioned above, there are precious few necessary value-adds to an expensive electric toothbrush: a travel case, a UV sanitizer (which is of negligible use), maybe a couple extra heads, a slightly sleeker body, a longer-lasting battery, auto-syncing with an app (See What about “smart” toothbrushes?). As for sonic cleaning, different cleaning modes, or pressure sensors, experts tell us they are not necessary.
Brush is still working great, but I have noticed that anything liquid will start to get between the brush-head and the unit. While I wiped it dry with a tower after every use and I cleaned it weekly, as directed, by removing the brush-head and wiping down both the unit and the base, I noticed, after about two months, the metal tip that moves the brush-head was stained a rust-color. I tried removing it with no luck. And while it has not affected the performance of the unit, it is an obvious design-flaw since the unit must be turned upside down to charge and clean, thus letting gravity push the liquid that has seeped between the brush-head rubber and the brush-unit to collect at the base of the brush-head, leaving the metal head to sit in the goop. So now I make sure I clean it with a dry cloth more often and I use a q-tip to remove the saliva, toothpaste, and water that collects inside the brush-head.
Dental hygienists school programs usually require both general education courses and courses specific to the field of dental hygiene. General education courses important to dental hygiene degrees include college level algebra, biology, and chemistry. Courses specific to dental hygiene may include anatomy, oral anatomy, materials science, pharmacology, radiography, periodontology, nutrition, and clinical skills.
Dental fillings break down – fillings have a life expectancy of eight to 10 years. However, they can last 20 years or longer. When the fillings in your mouth start to break down, food and bacteria can get underneath them and can cause decay deep in the tooth.
At minimum a concern involving the possibility of repair would be if the water-tight nature of the brush is compromised. If so, it’s only a matter of time until internal problems develop. We would think Sonicare customer service would be the right place to start with your issue.
Although there is insufficient clinical evidence to support that bacterial growth on toothbrushes will lead to specific adverse oral or systemic health effects, a common-sense approach is recommended for situations where patients may be at higher risk to infection or re-infection by various microbes. Examples may include situations where a patient or family member:
Did you have a fascination with the tooth fairy as a child? Or always looked forward to going to the dentist? Then perhaps a career as a dental hygienist is right for you. Dental hygienists play an integral role in every dentist’s office, and are responsible for everything from cleaning teeth to taking x-rays and helping patients feel at ease. Check out the pros and cons of pursuing this profession:
I have used an electric toothbrush for almost 7 years. I have had three total – two Sonicares and the Oral-B recommended in this post. The $$ involved for electric toothbrushes gives me pause but I cannot go back to manual (goosebumps).
I know you mean well however, I don’t think you are able to wrap your head around the fact that in some rural areas in the US there are no dental schools or affordable dental care available. Full stop. Considering the time and money required to actually visit a dentist when you are working a minimum or low wage job in areas with limited or no public transportation options, dental cleaning one or two times a year are not feasible. Don’t criticize people for seeking other options.
I’d encourage you to check out the video of all the toothbrushes vibrating, they’re all labeled so you can hear what the 2 Series sounds like compared to everything else. In my experience, it was significantly quieter than any of the Oral Bs and hardly different from the rest of the Sonicares. And yes, the 2 Series’ battery is Ni Cd, which means it must be recycled in a particular way, as with Li-ion batteries. Glad you liked the guide, though!
The main draw of an electric toothbrush for kids in a digital age is the ability to use a toothbrush with an app (read: game). The Sonicare app is our favorite because it actually pairs with the toothbrush. In contrast, the Oral-B app is simply a timer meaning kids can log brushing sessions even if they don’t have a toothbrush in hand. In addition, a parental pin code on the Sonicare allows you to access the parent’s dashboard where you can track the progress of your kids’ brushing and even set up additional rewards. For example, if they brush 10 days in a row, you can set a personalized reward. Our tester’s parent reported “the Oral-B was more engaging for her than the Sonicare — she looked at the app a lot more.” This may be because the Oral-B uses popular Disney characters and plays songs when it’s time to switch from the top teeth to the bottom.
(This is why your dentist encourages you to brush and floss each day. This is also why people treated for gum disease frequently get their teeth cleaned every 3 months instead of every 6. These interventions disrupt bacterial colonies, thus interfering with their population shift toward more virulent strains.)
If you are on the market for a high-end, feature-packed electric toothbrush, then you should definitely check out the Pro 8000 by Oral-B. This model comes with Bluetooth connectivity and a user-friendly smartphone app that is designed to improve your brushing habits and experience. When combined with 48,000 oscillating strokes per minutes, this toothbrush is not just fancy, but also extremely effective at reaching the inner depths of your mouth and destroying plaque completely.
Dental hygienists are preventive oral health professionals who have graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program in an institution of higher education, licensed in dental hygiene to provide educational, clinical, research, administrative and therapeutic services supporting total health through the promotion of optimum oral health.
Never share a toothbrush. Your mouth needs a healthy flora of its own bacteria, but it’s not good to introduce bacteria from someone else. That’s why Dr. Kahn says you should never share a toothbrush, especially with your children. “That’s when they are acquiring their normal flora,” she says.
My second time purchasing this item. Does a great job! I discarded the first one, after about a year of use. Was getting moldy, and dirty inside the base; and would have been time-consuming to clean; if that was even an option. Not 100% certain the UV light works, but love how it cleans my teeth. In the future, I will wipe down the toothbrush, after each use, to prevent the unsanitary build-up inside the base.
This is definitely the best brush for the buck since it uses new click style and have full cleaning power. I wouldn’t consider older Essence model at all due to lack of brushhead choices and difficulty of cleaning. I’m surprised they are still selling them considering Essence+ is out.
I much prefer the smaller circular heads as they are much easier to maneuver around your mouth and especially for spot scrubbing and getting behind the very back molars which is always a problem for me.
This older Oral-B model is still available and still being manufactured. Thus, it comes with a two-year warranty and is about 4 times cheaper than Oral-B’s high tech 7000, 8000 and 9000 series. If you are looking to stay under $60, but still want an electric toothbrush, we highly recommend the Pro 1000 series.
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.
I’ve decided to go all-out and use a combination of electric (sonic) toothbrush and a Waterpik. I noticed that Waterpik sells a combo package that appears to be targeted at consumers like myself. Do you have any comments on the Waterpik brand sonic toothbrush?
Sonic toothbrushes have longer heads that resemble traditional toothbrushes and vibrate up to 40,000 strokes per minute. Dr. Glassman told us they also incorporate “fluid dynamics which is a secondary cleaning action that extends the brush’s reach.” Translation? A sonic toothbrush’s scrubbing can reach farther than its oscillating counterpart’s (even if it does tickle a bit on the way).
Purchase a UV toothbrush sanitizer. These nifty gadgets work by combining steam with dry heat to sanitize your toothbrush. However if you don’t want to shell out the money, studies show that soaking your toothbrush in Listerine works almost just as well.
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Many children and adults still go without simple measures that have been proven effective in preventing oral diseases and reducing dental care costs. For example, fluoride prevents tooth decay, and the most cost-effective way to deliver the benefits of fluoride to all residents of a community is through water fluoridation; that is, adjusting the fluoride in the public water supply to the appropriate level for decay prevention. Dental sealants, plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where most decay occurs, are another safe, effective way to prevent cavities. However, only about one-third of children aged 6–19 years have sealants. Although children from lower income families are almost twice as likely to have decay as those from higher income families, they are only half as likely to have sealants.
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So, you can expect that the DiamondClean and Flexcare models (both of these models at one time were Sonicare’s “top” brush) run more quietly than brushes at the other end of the price scale like the Easy Clean or Sonicare 2.
Use baking soda. This is one of the oldest natural remedies for home plaque removal. Simply shake a small amount of baking soda into a bowl, wet your toothbrush, then dip the bristles into the baking soda to coat. Brush your teeth as normal. If you like, you can also mix a pinch of salt into the baking powder.
The availability of loan funding has caused RDH schools to mushroom. The training may be good, but with the resulting oversupply of graduates, the chances of becoming successful in hygiene are approaching the chances of becoming well off by being a professional athlete, going into acting, or taking up writi.g fiction.
You can even make your own mouthwash: You will need one-half cup baking soda, one cup water, 10 drops essential lemon oil, 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin, and 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel. Mix all the ingredients and store in a bottle; use once or twice a day for a combination of nice-smelling breath and plaque removal.
No, it’s not. Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate and while baking powder contains some sodium bicarbonate, it also contains cream of tartar and some type of starch. They are both used as leavening agents. Hope this helps.
The toothbrush itself does not breathtakingly eye-catching. It will not give a futuristic look to your bathroom cabinet. But, with 31,000 vibration movements per minute, it will do the job. In addition, you get 3 brushing modes: Clean, Soft, and Massage. That is, 2 more mode than you get for the similarly priced Sonicare 2 Series.
Small question from someone who doesn’t live in the US: Does the Oral-B Deep Sweep 1000 mentioned in the article happen to be called the Oral-B TriZone 600 outside of the US? I’ve tried searching for the Deep Sweep, but I can’t seem to find it, and this one (http://oralb.co.uk/en-GB/productdetail/oral-b-trizone-600-rechargeable-toothbrush/) appears to be the one most similar to the Deep Sweep 1000. It might be the TriZone 2000 (http://oralb.co.uk/en-GB/productdetail/oral-b-trizone-2000-rechargeable-toothbrush/), but the product manual of that one says that is has the ‘gums cleaning mode’ shenanigans, so I don’t think so. That same product manual also mentions a TriZone 1000 model, but I don’t see that mentioned anywhere else.
NiMH batteries, on the other hand, are not only bigger in size, but also tend to gradually lose their ability to fully recharge. A phenomenon referred to as “memory effect”, a situation that does not affect Lithium Ion batteries.
The other problem with the Cochrane report is that though it’s conducted by a nonprofit, it includes in its survey studies that are conducted by companies testing their own toothbrush products. Unsurprisingly, we’ve never found a study published by P&G’s Oral-B that has found its electric toothbrushes inferior to another brand; the same goes for Philips’s Sonicare. This doesn’t necessarily apply to every study, but it applies to a gross majority of the toothbrush research available. But caveats about biased research aside, scientists do consistently find that an electric toothbrush is significantly better at removing plaque and reducing gingivitis in the average person’s mouth.
However, and once again like with the 2 Series, comments we’ve read on large retailer websites seem to suggest that first-time buyers tend to be relatively satisfied with this brush (as compared to using their manual one).
In short, you get the brush head, these work very well! Only less money. I would recommend these for the compatible Sonicare toothbrush. Thanks to this, I don’t have to buy expensive official brush head products anymore.
Ease of using the brush: We also asked our testers to rate how easy the toothbrushes were to maneuver. We wanted toothbrushes that would help us maintain proper technique — holding the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums with short tooth-wide strokes. Some, like the Jim Ellis, made our tester’s hand tired and came with a circular handle that was “difficult to maneuver or twist around.” (Note: we were curious about this comment, so we ran some additional tests on handle comfort and found that slightly more square handles — pretty standard for most models — are actually much easier to handle). Our testers reported that others, like the Fairywell, were “lighter and a bit less rounded so it was easier to maneuver around and hold for the duration of cleaning.”
Dr. Durrant is a dentist in Sugarhouse. Of these toothbrush cleaning techniques, he recommends soaking your toothbrush in mouthwash. “It gives your toothbrush a fresh taste,” he says. If you are looking for the best dentist in Sugarhouse, Dr. Durrant is your guy. However, if you are looking for the best dentist in Utah, any one of our Platinum Dental dentists could qualify. At Platinum Dental Care, we only hire the best doctors and staff to serve our patients in Utah. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist or general dentist in Utah, give Platinum Dental Care a call at 801-466-1212.
Was sold a counterfeit product by Office Supply Experts. The heads rubber seal broke much sooner than normal, and the fit with the toothbrush was loose. Upon further inspection, I see the heads say PHILLIPS sonicare on them, but the official ones are supposed to say E-series. BEWARE!
Dexterity. Dental hygienists must be good at working with their hands. They generally work in tight quarters on a small part of the body, requiring fine motor skills using very precise tools and instruments.
Customer support – How responsive and helpful was support regarding our inquiries. Also, what channels were supported available on (phone, email, etc…). We also considered availability days and hours.
Thank you for this no nonsense comparison. I don’t need toothbrushes with LCD readouts and 5 different settings. Simpler is better. Because of this article I am getting the EasyClean. After 10 years with my basic Essence model, I need an upgrade and the DiamondClean brush heads will be an improvement too. Again, thank you so much!
Take advantage of this by being a model patient. Brush and floss regularly. Eat a healthy diet, filled with plenty of fruit and vegetables. And keep up with regular check-ups and appointments, because your visits to the dentist are what determine whether you need a quick clean or a more extensive treatment. To make the former more likely, give your teeth the tender love and care that they deserve.
I have been using the Deep Sweep for about 6 months now and while I agree it’s better than the Sonicare I previously had, I’m surprised you don’t mention how filthy it gets. Maybe I need to work on my brushing etiquette but I find the handle gets super gunky and on top of that, is hard to rinse because of the crevices.