The Best Toothbrushes

When it comes to your teeth, you should really spare no expense to ensure you are properly cleaning and maintaining your mouth. But with so many different brands and toothbrush styles, it is becoming increasingly more difficult for everyday people to find the proper toothbrush. I found a comprehensive article which breaks down some of the best toothbrushes available right now and I thought I should share some of what they found. Here is a list of 5 toothbrushes that you should consider using.

1 – Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 SmartSeries with Bluetooth

This toothbrush offers five different brushing modes, including both a sensitive and massage setting. The brush head actually simulates the cleaning action of professional dentistry tools. The toothbrush even lights up when you brush your teeth too hard. This pack includes a travel case, wireless SMartGuide, family toothbrush head holder, and a small-footprint charging station.

2 – The Original Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush By Smilex

This toothbrush combines sonic and ultrasonic technology to remove food and plaque above and below the gum line. This technology promotes variation in cleaning, which thoroughly cleans the teeth and destroys potentially harmful bacteria on toothbrush bristles without using ultraviolet or other sources. Although it is the most expensive option on this list, it offers a thorough cleanser that helps to improve your oral health.

3 – Pursonic High Power Rechargeable Sonic

This toothbrush has three brushing modes, stain-fighting technology, and sonic wave technology for deep cleaning. This pack comes with 12 brush heads, so you get a great value for the price. You also get a storage base that holds up to six color-coded brush heads at a time, which means that multiple people could use this toothbrush by just swapping out the brush head.

4 – Health HP-STX Ultra High Powered Sonic

This toothbrush offers three brushing modes and a comfortable, waterproof handle. It also has a feature that automatically shuts off the brush after two minutes. THe toothbrush even activates an automatic alert when the same area is brushed for over 30 seconds. This pack includes 10 colored toothbrush heads as well making it perfect for multiple users.

5 – Philips Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Toothbrush

This toothbrush is a more cost efficient option that does an excellent job. This toothbrush does a great job for people with braces, dentures, veneers and other dental work. It offers a two-minute smartimer as well which helps to enforce the recommended brushing times. For new users, the Sonicare’s easy-start option slowly increases the toothbrushes power over the first 12 usages to help you adjust to a power toothbrush. This product includes a charger base and a soft travel case and travel cap.

 

How to Get Whiter Teeth

Whiter teeth means good health and personal hygiene, and it is also a big confidence booster and a smile-encourager.  If you’re a serious coffee drinker, smoker, or your teeth just simply aren’t as white as you’d like them to be, there are some at-home remedies you can try to try to get the perfect shade of pearly-white.  Just be sure to speak with your dentist before you try any of these at-home remedies in order to make sure you won’t damage your teeth.

First and foremost, make sure you are brushing your teeth once in the morning and once at night, if you want you can brush your teeth after lunch, but that is at your own convenience.  You should purchase a toothpaste with tooth-whitener in it.  Arm&Hammer works really well because it has baking soda in it, which, chemically speaking, works as an amphoteric.  This means it is able to react with both acids and bases, making it great for neutralizing acids produced by bacteria in plaque.

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Predictably, brushing your teeth is a huge (and obvious) tip.

Second, find whitening strips.  These should be approved by the ADA, American Dental Association, and should not contain chlorine dioxide.  Make sure you check the package labeling to be sure of this, because chlorine dioxide can damage your enamel.  You can usually find whitening strips at your local drugstore, and they shouldn’t cost more than $40.

Next, invest in a whitening rinse. Crest 3D Whitening Mouthwash will not only give you a visibly whiter smile in about two weeks, but it will also freshen your breath and protect your teeth against new stains.  It’s always a good idea to add a mouthwash into your daily dental hygiene routine, even if it doesn’t contain whitener in it.

Lastly, always floss.  Flossing removes any kind of build-up that will prevent your teeth from being whitened.  It removes plaque in between your teeth and helps make sure the total surface area of each tooth can be whitened.  You don’t have to floss every single day, but aim for three times a week.  Many people get lazy when it comes to flossing, but it really does help your teeth get clean and white so that you can have the smile you’ve always wanted.

For more detailed tips, please read more over at wikihow.

What’s Best Teeth Practice?

University College London recently engaged in research to uncover the best practices for brushing teeth.  However, their findings, which were published in the British Dental Journal and were recently summarized in an article by Science Daily, were troubling.  In their research, they looked at brushing advice from toothpaste and toothbrush companies, dental textbooks and information provided by dental associations in ten countries.  The team of researchers found a wide range of recommendations on methods on brushing, particularly in how often and how long to engage in the activity.

In essence, there was no consensus between any authorities in the dental industry on how brushing should be completed. That the lack of consistency was “worrying,” according to Aubrey Sheiham, first author on the study and Emeritus Professor of Dental Public Health at UCL’s Epidemiology and Public Health department.  with such conflicting reports on how often to do so, Sheiham claims that many consumers are confused on how to best brush their teeth. She suggests that individuals brush gently, with a horizontal scrubbing motion while employing a pencil grip on the brush to prevent being overly rough.

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There are conflicting reports on the best practices when brushing teeth. 

However, even with Sheiham’s suggestions, she acknowledges that some of the most complex and thorough brushing procedures offered by dental textbooks are often completely disregarded by practicing dentists.  Often, a much more simplistic method is offered—much like the suggestion she made.  But this disagreement hints at a significantly deeper problem, in Sheiham’s opinion.  She believes the only way to definitively decide on the best brushing practices would be to engage in research and experimentation.  The conflicting suggestions indicate that there is a severe disconnect between research and advice.  The easiest solution is to engage in experiments to provide some strong evidence to suggest one method over another.

Remineralization

It’s always worth reporting about leaps and bounds in different fields of medicine, and dentistry is no different. As reported by the Washington Post, researchers at King’s College in London have been working on a new method of treating minor lesions on the teeth, or cavities. Whereas older methods of treatment involves potentially painful drilling (barring the use of local anesthesia, of course), this new technology employs low frequency electrical currents. The currents are supposed to assist the “self healing process”.

Wait, “self healing”? Yes, you read that correctly. In case you didn’t know, when teeth begin to lose essential minerals, thus bringing on tooth decay, the tooth can replace those minerals with the ones that occur naturally in saliva or fluoride. It’s effective as an automatic process for what it’s worth, but for a while now researchers have been trying to figure out a way for that process to work deeper within the tooth. This technology is aiming to expedite that process.

Known as “electrically accelerated and enhanced remineralization” the new technology aims to eliminate the need for cavity fillings in the face of moderate tooth decay. Eventually, the team hopes that it will be able to assist in repairing damages caused by long term decay, too. On top of that, the technology needed for this procedure could be widely available to dentists in a number of years (the article says three). Nigel Pitts, a dentist and professor at Kings College, mentions that remineralization is no secret, and hasn’t been since the 1980’s. However, he acknowledges the challenges that came with developing a procedure that would replenish a tooth’s minerals after extensive damage had already been wrought by a cavity.

While saliva is a key component of natural remineralization, Pitts says this procedure depends on removing saliva and other tissues, leaving the tooth exposed to the introduction of replenishing minerals. Unlike fillings for cavities, remineralization is painless, costs less, and takes about the same amount of time. The greatest thing about it all, is that remineralization is a rather slow process, and the electrical current can deliver multiple weeks’ worth of  minerals in a matter of days.

With a majority of people worldwide suffering from cavities, Pitts hopes that the new process will put some people with dental fears at ease, since it’s such a painless procedure. Patient trials have been ongoing, and research is supporting the idea of this being a safe and effective procedure. However, there are tight regulations on health care in the United States, so it may be more difficult for the technology to be implemented here. However, Pitts and his team are working with international regulatory bodies to make such an introduction amenable.