The easiest way to keep your toothbrush clean is to rinse it with hot water (hot water cleans and kills germs easier) before and after brushing. Use your thumb and move it back and forth against the bristles while underneath or in water. It is important to do it before brushing as well as after because airborne bacteria or other particles such as dust may have settled on the toothbrush since your last brushing.
Hello I am in my first semester of dental hygiene school. I am 31 years old with a prior college degree. It is not like the normal college experience at all. Very stressful program and very intensive. The skill is very hard to learn and you either have it or you don’t. It can be frustrating at times. It is not easy, you will earn your money in this profession. And hard to leaen and practive on live patients. The money attracted me, at first I didn’t know what I’ve gotten myself into when I saw how difficult this program is, but it is kind of growing on me. .. Still not sure if I will make it through.
Compatible with ProResults Diamond Clean, FlexCare , FlexCare. Does NOT include Sonicare Toothbrush. Includes toothbrush heads only. Reminder bristles let you know when to change brush heads Special i…
This is an all-round great tip, not just one for keeping your teeth healthy. Whether you like them or not, vegetables are a super ingredient. They are great for physical health and the teeth are no exception. Start munching on apples, celery sticks, carrots, and peppers to get your teeth looking strong and healthy in no time.
We’ve tested electric toothbrushes since 2014, focusing on user experience, handle comfort and battery life. Based on the results of our most recent tests, we believe the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum is the best electric toothbrush for most people. It’s comfortable to hold and lightweight, and it left our testers’ teeth with a satisfied, clean feeling. It also comes with a travel charger and case as well as an additional brush head. The model we tested includes a UV sanitizer for the brush heads, and while there’s little hard data on the efficacy of these sanitizers, they provide some peace of mind.
If you had read a lot of reviews of Sonicare toothbrushes at Amazon,like I did,I don’t think you would be recommending the Series 2 and 3.Apparently,from what I can tell,Philips came out with these,which are lower quality, much noisier,more vibration,to offer a lower price point.Seems like the best choices would be the older,proven Essence or higher end,like Healthy White,etc.Also,don’t drop the Healthy White,or similar models,on the brush end or a metal piece will break(very common problem) and Philips won’t sell you that part.So,my conclusion is that the older Essence with the screw on head would be the absolute most reliable,best choice.
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.
Our view is that these apps are fun, but for a short period of time. After a while, they become repetitive and monotone. So, if a person’s attachment to tooth brushing is associated with the app, it will quickly disappear. Therefore, not creating long-term discipline.
There are certain accessories, such as charging stations and power cords, which all electric toothbrushes come with. Some models come with extra brush heads, which could be useful because eventually, you will have to replace them. But, other accessories, such as travel cases, can prove to be quite expensive and end up never being used.
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 🙂
Toothbrushes are a fertile breeding ground for a number of strains of viruses and bacteria including the ones that cause the common cold and influenza. For this reason, the National Dental Association suggests that you replace your toothbrush every three months and clean it thoroughly at least once a week. Here are a few ways to do that:
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.
Sonicare brushing features – An outline of the various brushing modes different Sonicare models have, and what we think of each of them. It explains the importance of having the 31,000 strokes-per-minute brushing action.
Cleaning methods beyond those outlined above are not supported by the currently available clinical evidence. While there is evidence of bacterial growth on toothbrushes, there is no clinical evidence that soaking a toothbrush in an antibacterial mouthrinse or using a commercially-available toothbrush sanitizer has any positive or negative effect on oral or systemic health. Some toothbrush cleaning methods, including use of a dishwasher or microwave oven, could damage the brush. Manufacturers may not have designed their products to withstand these conditions. The cleaning effectiveness of the brush might be decreased if it is damaged.
The Sonicare 2 and 3 Series toothbrushes don’t fit that mold. These models were introduced as “cheaper alternatives,” evidently to cover specific price points in the line up. And it seems that their design, as mentioned above, tends to reflect that.
This toothbrush is ideal for anyone, any age, and even for those with sensitivity, with gum recession, or undergoing orthodontic treatment or gum therapy because it gently massages the gums without any pain or bleeding. The colors in your pack of three toothbrushes will vary. This is an Amazon best seller and has nearly 600 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is frequently recommended by dentists, particularly for those with extra-sensitive gums and teeth.
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 DiamondClean Smart line has been introduced. These brushes can be considered to be Sonicare’s top-of-the-line models, with a hefty price to match. As you’d expect, they can be used with a Sonicare brushing app on your smartphone.
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.
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Oil pulling also does wonders. I am a firm believer that there are natural ways to aid in clean and healthy teeth instead of all the chemicals dentists use. My teeth are cavity free and clean and shiny from oil pulling. If you haven’t tried it, I suggest you look it up and try for a couple weeks. Amazing results. No harm in trying, right?
Before signing up for classes, you will want to meet with an academic advisor. Together you will lay out a program and career path that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.
As we noted earlier in this guide, brush heads are a matter of personal preference of size, shape, and material. A number of third-party brands make replacement heads for Oral-B toothbrushes that tend to be much cheaper. There are some reports in user reviews that these aftermarket brushes sometimes do not fit or are of a lower quality than branded brushes, and the heads tend to be rated lower. Pay close attention when shopping for brush heads to what is “Oral-B” vs. “Oral-B compatible.”
Your “clinical evidence” consists of one set of articles from one set of authors in one month’s special issue of one particular publication. The “researchers” are all from one company (P&G). They hijacked one publication for one month (September 2012, “special edition”). They referred to Oral-B as “novel,” which is highly inappropriate for any professional publication, while at the same time, they referred to Sonicare as “marketed,” as if Oral-B’s products aren’t marketed. They offered no validation of the data, meaning that it could have all been made up.
With this model, we already see some design improvements in terms of weight loss. This is a more comfortable to hold model than the Essence. It feels and looks sleeker and more glamorous. And, it comes in 6 color combinations: Blue/White, Black, Coral, Coral/White, Guacamole, Steel Blue. In case you wonder, I also thought Guacamole was a Mexican dish served with delicious nachos. Turns out it is now also a color.
But a simple rinse doesn’t remove all traces of bacteria anyway, and a damp toothbrush is a fantastic breeding ground for bacteria to spend all night long multiplying. So by morning, your toothbrush still looks clean – but it’s far from sanitary.
As you begin your journey toward a dental hygiene education, it can be beneficial to shadow a dental hygienist in your area. Not only will the experience give you a chance to see the ins-and-outs of the profession, but some schools will value (and sometimes require) this additional step.
My current sonicare died and I was very confused about the differences between the many, many models. Your excellent review helped me make up my mind as to a replacement. After perusing ebay (be careful about “used!”) I’ve ordered a replacement that was a good bit less expensive than the price quoted in your article. Thanks again!
It’s been a couple years since the first app-connected, or “smart,” electric toothbrushes became available, but they still don’t offer enough capabilities for their added cost for us to recommend them for most people. (They’re at least double the price of a standard electric toothbrush.) “Smart” brush capabilities vary widely, but mainly these devices automate the process of tracking your brushing habits, typically by connecting to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth. The most expensive “smart” models, like the Oral-B Genius and Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected can track where the brush is in your mouth.
The one thing I did notice is that the new unit came with brush heads that do not fit flush against the base of the handle. This once again allows water to seep inside the brush head and sit against the metal tip. I would have thought Tao by now would have fixed this issue with new brush heads. I know the newer replacement heads I bought earlier in the year had solved this, but I guess the replacement units still have the original heads. I will need to remove the head after every couple of uses to swab out the inside of the brush head and wipe down the metal tip to keep it from corroding the metal.
I’m not a dental hygienist but from what I gather, there is A LOT of memorizing involved and you’re basically becoming a tooth doctor, learning about the science of the tooth along with studies of different cancers that are often seen in different patients… I believe that going full time in dental hygiene in college will be too much to cram in just 2 years which is why I’m considering going for lesser credits a semester and making the goal for 3 years. They say for every hour in a college class, count on having 3 hours of homework! Go for three years because it’ll allow you to take things in a little slower and you’ll be better prepared for your future job!! Go for it!
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.
I am not a dentist, but I do have a powerful story about baking soda. I was visiting my next-door neighbor once, who was in her 80s and she was telling me this story about a time she was in the hospital to have surgery and the nurse said, “Mrs. Boswell, I need you to give me your teeth.” and she replied, “Well, I’d love to except their mine.” And the nurse said, “Now, Mrs. Boswell, you don’t need to be embarrassed. All people your age have false teeth.” My friend replied, “Well, you can try if you like.” The nurse then looked in her mouth and said, “For goodness sakes, those are your teeth!” to which Toggy replied, “I tried to tell you.” Afterwards, she told me that all she used to brush her teeth with her whole life was baking soda. This made more of an impression on me than any other advice could have. And from that day on, I began brushing my teeth with baking soda, and I love it.
We’ll mention that we actually consider price to be a valid way of making comparisons among the Sonicare brushes. Some years ago we leaned toward the lower-priced Sonicare 2 and 3 Series brushes as being best choices/best values. But website visitor feedback regarding their opinion about mechanism refinement and reliability helped to guide us toward deciding that the HealthyWhite made the better choice.
Thank you for adding the link about the waterpik toothbrush, above. I bought the Waterpik about two years ago because there was a 50% discount at the store… I really like it, and it is quieter than the the Sonicare I use for travelling. I do not use the Waterpik for travelling, because you need to pack the whole unit (waterpik, toothbrush, and holding container) which takes up a lot of space. Additionally, once the battery goes, you need to replace the whole unit if you want the toothbrush back—you cannot buy one separately—or you buy an independent sonic toothbrush anyway (or break into the unit and solder in new batteries, like I did…) Also, you may have difficulty finding the brush heads; I live in Canada and must order them through a US post-box, even though the units are sold in Canada! Would I do this again, I would buy an independent sonic toothbrush that has all parts available locally, and a compact waterpik unit. That said, my dentist thinks my teeth & gums are the best they have ever been.
As for the strange silicone bristles of the Foreo, Dr. Glassman revealed that “silicone is non-abrasive, which makes it impossible to put too much pressure on your teeth, thus preventing gum recession and sensitivity.” Our experts also explained that unlike standard nylon bristles, silicone is nonporous which leaves less room on the bristles for bacteria to grow. While this makes the Foreo sound perfect, Dr. Glassman warned us that “there is not a lot of literature or clinical studies on their effectiveness with removing bacteria” from teeth. Dr. Lawlor agreed and explained “the bristle size is too thick for the silicone at this point, it’ll be too bulky to slip under your gums. There’s hope for the future, but it’s important to not give up important designs.” For now, the regular bristles of our top picks are the most effective way to go.