We also looked at reviews from popular American stores, such as Target and Walmart. These stores are good because they allow consumers to freely express their opinion and return merchandise if it is not up to their standards.
For their study, Fiala and colleagues isolated immune cells from blood samples taken from Alzheimer’s patients and healthy volunteers for comparison. The immune cells they were interested in are known as macrophages: these go around gobbling up waste products like amyloid beta that can otherwise clog up the spaces between cells and interfere with cell-to-cell signaling.
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.
Actually, this study did not perform this test. However, one would have to assume that when in direct contact with the surface of a tooth that most modern conventional electric toothbrushes are very effective plaque removers. (There are plenty of studies that have suggested this.)
There are a number of ‘travel case’ style units, but this one is much better made than most of them. It’s also FDA registered. Note: this works well for both electric brush heads as well as regular toothbrushes. It’s designed to be for travel purposes, but you can of course use it at home too – it’s got little feet that mean it doesn’t slide around so won’t easily get knocked off the counter top. As a travel unit it runs only from batteries (2 x AAA). The UV treatment starts as soon as you close the case and runs for about 5 to 6 minutes. You should get at least a months use out of 1 set of even average batteries.
The UV cleaners will do most of the work for you in ensuring that harmful microorganisms are terminated. However, to give them a chance of working to their best, there are a few things you can do to help them out. These things are even more important if you don’t UV treat your brush.
Brush in small circular or tooth-wide motions. Many people brush across their teeth in large sweeping motions. However, Dr. Glassman explained “you can improve your brushing technique by using a circular motion.” Our other experts agreed, with Dr. Friedman adding, “gently move the brush back and forth in short tooth-wide strokes.” Note: the DiamondClean will actually alert you when you move past tooth-wide strokes.
“I’ve never spent more than $15 on a toothbrush before, even then, that’s rare, as I kind of always just used the ones my dentist provided for free every visit. I’ve never even seen a toothbrush like this or would’ve ever imagined one could be so expensive. So I looked at the reviews and pried away my wallet that was holding onto me for dear life, and decided to invest in this. And it’s changed my world (or at least the cleanliness of my teeth). Every time I brushed my teeth, it felt like going to the dentist and having them cleaned professionally. The first three times I used this, my gums bled like it was no one’s business. But the instant I was done, I could already feel that my teeth were smoother than the guy that invented pickup lines. I still haven’t figured out how to use the timer, or how to get the app, or even figure out why it has or how to use the Bluetooth, but I love this toothbrush.”
Dental hygienists work primarily in dentist’s offices, removing plaque and tartar from the teeth of patients. Dental hygienists also take X-rays, apply fluoride and sealants to patient’s teeth, and instruct patients about how to care for their teeth. Most hygienists have an associate degree in dental hygiene, and must become licensed before obtaining work.
While these programs generally take between 15 and 18 months, students are often allowed to take courses at their own pace. This flexibility will come in handy if you’re juggling a full-time workload and other obligations.
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.
Security: The services that dental hygienists provide are needed and valued by a large percentage of the population. There is currently a great demand for dental hygienists. Employment opportunities will be excellent well into the future. Due to the success of preventive dentistry in reducing the incidence of oral disease, the expanding older population will retain their teeth longer, and will be even more aware of the importance of regular dental care. With the emphasis on preventive care, dentists will need to employ more dental hygienists than ever before to meet the increased demand for dental services.
The difference in reality, to a great degree at least, comes down to complexities of testing and probably also a fear from manufacturers of not being sued. How do you prove 100% eradication of all types of bacteria? That means you have to have tests that reliably cover all possible forms! Which is totally impractical. So in real life a 99% reduction is of course perfectly fine and is exactly what we’re looking for. It’s possible these products could be ‘sterilizing’ your toothbrush – you just won’t find manufacturers claiming it is.
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This works 2 ways – firstly by covering your brush head to keep germs away from it, and second by using various essential oils known for killing bugs (e.g. tea tree, clove, peppermint). These are designed to be disposable however, so you are supposed to replace them every 3 months. It’s not my personal choice, but a lot of people swear by these. They cost around $4 each RRP but you can get multi-packs, which can bring the price down a lot.
Sherry, that’s a very good point. I live in Switzerland and it’s GMO free so I don’t have to worry about that, thankfully, but I need to remember that many readers are in the US and should use organic as much as possible. Thanks for the reminder 🙂
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018-19 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Dental Hygienists.*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
The Cybersonic 3 Complete Sonic and Cybersonic Classic came up in our product searches, but we decided not to test them because they have a very limited selection of brush head options (with an optional and dubious-looking “free” replacement program that winds up costing $8 in shipping per brush head).
Whether you use a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, you ought to be changing the toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 months. To understand why, read the article, “How often should I change my toothbrush?” Whether or not you use these sanitizing techniques, you ought to be rinsing your toothbrush with clean water every day to rinse germs out of your tooth brush.
For the longest time I was convinced that these replacement heads (“E-series”) would not fit my old Sonicare brush base, which I think dates from before 2007. It is the kind where the brush head is perfectly veritical (no angle). From the Sonicare pictures I now think maybe it is one of the “Advance” series – I can’t tell from the markings on the brush base itself, and the packaging is long gone. (See photos I have posted which shows the old base and head.)
Removing plaque and tartar helps prevent you from developing dental caries, better known as cavities. If you remove plaque from your teeth right away through regular brushing and flossing, you can prevent the bacteria from secreting enough lactic acid to cause enamel demineralization. When you don’t brush, the bacteria continue to accumulate, creating a habitat for the anaerobes and facultative anaerobes that secrete the acid.
At the time of writing there are an extensive range of electric toothbrush models available from Sonicare, so it is understandable that it is not all that simple to understand which brush head is suitable for your toothbrush.
Hi Dental Staff – I wanted to reply to your message as I have now tried out the other models after initially getting a 2 Series. The 2 Series was nice, but I got the feeling it was not the full experience.
I’ve been using Sonicare brushes and brush-heads for a dozen years now and this is the first time (2014) I’ve experienced bad quality. Each of the two heads in the package (one I was using, the other – my son, in his identical E-series) experienced the same problem: only a couple of months into using it, the brush started making a strong noise and the vibration weakened significantly, to the point where it wasn’t cleaning at all. I looked carefully at the brush and noticed that the base of the head, which contains a couple of rare-earth magnets, seated on a steel plate, had become loose and was hanging on the plastic tab that protrudes from a hole in the plate (see accompanying pictures). The exact same problem on each brush-head, a clear sign of poor design and execution.
This page does accomplish that goal, using those sources. And while performing our comparison process the information we collected allowed us to form a distinct opinion about which features are important to have versus those that seem to offer just limited value.
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.
The Sonicare FlexCare comes with an interactive smartphone app that is compatible with iPhone and Android. Once you connect the toothbrush to the phone, you can start playing around with the location, pressure and scrubbing sensors. The idea of the app is to make brushing a more interactive process, as well as to help you improve your overall brushing technique.
Being equipped with a NiMH battery, the overall life expectancy of this toothbrush is over 2 years. In case it breaks down within that period of time, Philips will replace it. When we tested this model with its battery fully charged, it lasted 15 days. We used it twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. On the 15th day, the battery died during the evening brush. It still performed quite alright during the morning brushing activity.
If you’re ready to purchase one of our five finalists, check out the matrix above. But if you’d like to learn more about not just our top picks, but electric toothbrushes and oral hygiene in general, read on. Up ahead: clean, healthy teeth. Your mouth is going to thank you.
G3 Premium Gum Care – Absorbs excess cleaning pressure to protect the gums. 2 times more surface contact. Automatically selects optimal cleaning mode for the best results. (Best suited to BrushSync compatible handle)
Exactly. Baking soda and peroxide was always part of my dental regimen for over 35 years even with regular dental visits. Now that my insurance doesn’t cover dental, I am glad I stayed with the regimen. Still have all my teeth as well!!
Dentists recommend you brush your teeth for two minutes twice daily. A built-in timer, which either switches the toothbrush off at the two-minute mark or vibrates to indicate the time is up, makes it easier to achieve this goal.
Kids’ toothbrushes: Our experts advised us to be realistic about how invested kids will be in dental care. Dr. Lawlor explained “kids aren’t going to be lasering in on technique and if you’re a busy parent, you may not have time to ensure they brush perfectly.” Our experts agreed that an electric toothbrush is a valuable tool because it can make up for the lack of brushing technique while kids learn to brush properly. Dr. Friedman explained that “an electric toothbrush is a great option due to the fact that young children don’t have the dexterity to brush with the right technique.” Beyond that, it’s simply about finding the toothbrush that encourages them to brush.
Also, on that note, you can disinfect BETTER with first soaking in vinegar, than soak it in hydrogen peroxyde, but dont use them together (dont mix them in a container together, it could turn into acid…)
I find this very interesting. I have never had an electric toothbrush last more than a couple of years before the battery dies out (slowly at first, then completely). I am actually on this discussion board because the battery on the Oral B, bought approx. 2-3 years ago, now needs an every-other-day charge.
Whether this is something you have always suffered from or whether as a result of surgery or infection, then there are options which can ease the process of cleaning your teeth with a Sonicare electric brush, but still bring many of the benefits.
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.
The compact design also makes for a more comparable offering to Oral-B’s brush head design that typically is smaller than that of Philips Sonicare brushes. The technology and motion is still slightly different in how each head moves and cleans the tooth surface, but both still do an excellent job.
The majority of the more than 200,000 dental hygienists work in dental offices alongside dentists. Think of a dental hygienist as an insurance agent. “You see dentists when you have a problem,” says Kelli Swanson Jaecks, president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. “But you see dental hygienists for preventative health care.”
Thank you for the time you took to research and write this article. You answered every question I had and would have taken me hours to research on my own. I now know what I need and more importantly what I don’t need. Thanks again for all your help.
This model may not be heavy on the wallet, but it is heavy on the hand. At 7.4 ounces, this was one of the heaviest toothbrushes that we tested. We were hoping that this is because Philips has added a bigger Lithium ION battery that will last longer. But, we were wrong. After fully charged, the battery lasted only 7 days.
The Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 uses on-board sensors and “artificial intelligence” to track the brush head’s location as you move it around your mouth. (For more on our experience with the smart capabilities of the E1, see “Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 Review: Who Needs a Smart Toothbrush?”) The E1 vibrates but does not oscillate, and does so more quietly than most electric toothbrushes we’ve tested. Although it does have an on-board two-minute timer with quadrant pacing, this device lacks a pressure sensor (a possible dealbreaker for some), and it is compatible with only a single style of replacement brush heads, which can be purchased only from the Colgate website. Factoring in shipping costs, these replacement heads are among the most expensive we’ve considered, by far (a definite dealbreaker, in our opinion). The handle itself is among the lightest and most streamlined we’ve tested, featuring a single on-off button (Colgate doesn’t offer superfluous cleaning modes). As with other smart toothbrushes, we believe the E1 is overkill for most. However, if you’re interested in accurate brush head position detection along with automated habit-tracking, and would prefer not to grant another app access to your phone’s camera and/or microphone, the E1 performs well in these respects (and—replacement brush heads excluded—generally costs less than its closest competitors, the Oral-B Genius 8000 and the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected).
CVS Rechargeable Sonic (discontinued): Not too expensive as brushes go, but requires users to press the power button multiple times to cycle through the superfluous brushing modes to turn the brush off.
When it comes to keeping gums healthy, flossing is only part of the story. Gentle gum cleaning stimulates and rejuvenates them by improving circulation. With Philips Sonicare, you could see your gum health improve in just two weeks¹. Team up your gum care electric toothbrush with the AdaptiveClean brush head; this adapts to the contours of your gums and teeth for a deep but gentle clean.
Enjoy the complete power of your Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush with a Sonicare brush head. Because every smile is unique, we have brush heads that help you focus on your personal oral health goals: from plaque removal, to gum health, to teeth whitening. No matter which Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush you use, simply click on the brush head that suits you best.
About 95 percent of dental hygienists were employed in dentists’ offices as of 2011, where they earned an average of $33.69 an hour and $70,070 a year in 2011. The few employed by outpatient care centers made an average of $69,220 a year, and those working in physician’s offices made an average of $64,160 a year. Nearly 600 dental hygienists were employed directly by the federal government in 2011, reporting a relatively low average salary of $53,960 a year.
Unfortunately, our website doesn’t have the resources of a big organization (like Consumer Reports for example) who might run dozens of each model for weeks on end to evaluate reliability. Or scientifically measure how the brushing action of one compares to another. So, actually quantifying model differences isn’t really something we can do.