WATER FLOSSERS V. SONIC TOOTH BRUSHES
World Health Organization depicts dental cleanliness as flexibility from oral and throat growth, oral contamination and wounds, periodontal (gum) sicknesses, tooth rot, tooth misfortune and different infections and clutters that cutoff an individual’s ability in gnawing, biting, grinning, talking and psychosocial health.
In 2016, the FDI Dental World Federation in a different approach defined oral health as being multi faceted and includes the ability to speak, smile, taste and touches, chew, swallow and convey a range of motions through facial expression with confidence and without pain, discomfort and disease of the craniofacial complex.
Good dental practices are important to having healthy teeth and gum. You need to develop practices which would keep this area that is the teeth, gum and tongue, infection free. Some of these practices include:
- Brushing at least twice a day; in the morning and after bedtime.
- Flossing at least once a day to get rid of food particles and plague that might have been missed during brushing
- Changing tooth brushes after usage for about three to four years
- Eating a balanced diets
- Avoiding tobacco products and smoking
- Regular visits to the dentist for dental check up
- Limit eating snacks in between meals.
WHAT ARE SONIC TOOTH BRUSHES AND HOW DO THEY WORK?
Sonic tooth brushes are technically electric powered brushes that use sonic vibrations technology that is, vibrating speed of about 20 to 20,000 Hz to clean the teeth. Sonic brushes are extremely effective, fast and they make the brushing experience quite fun. Making an average of about 30,000- 40,000 strokes per minute. They employ two methods in cleaning the teeth. The first is that they move in the back and forth motion recommended by dentists for cleaning the teeth and the second way which is a technology solely available in sonic brushes is by exciting the fluid around the teeth which could either be saliva or water in between the teeth and below the gum line to loosen the hold of plague. So the bristles of the brush do not actually have to touch the teeth to clan it in this mode. With sonic brushes you enjoy less bacteria build up guaranteeing great dental and oral health.
WHAT ARE WATER FLOSSERS AND HOW DO THEY WORK?
Flossing removes plague and food particles which might have even left behind after brushing. Some parts of the teeth especially the back is hard to reach and food article might get stuck in there, eventually breeding bacteria and causing tooth disease. Flossing helps to eliminate all of these. It is quite essential particularly in the prevention of cavities and gum diseases.
Water flossers use the pressure and pulsating water to dislodge plague formed on the teeth. The tip usually attached to a nozzle, shoots out a jet of water which dislodges plague on the teeth. Water losers are also very effective in removing bio film, which is much tougher to remove. Preferable to the traditional string flossing, water flossers allow users a lot of ease, enabling them to choose the pressure mode which can be anywhere from soft to pulse. Water flossers come with tips which are attached to the nozzle. Some of the available brands have designed tips especially for people with braces, dental implants and sensitive gum.
I would share some of the features of sonic brushes:
- They are usually designed with a range of cleaning modes.
- They are accompanied by charging mediums.
- They use electricity and are usually rechargeable
- Ergonomic design for easy grip and handling
The average water flosser has the following features:
- A nozzle head
- Different tips adapted for different functions
- A charging medium
- Storage pack for the tips
- Water unit or reservoir
- It could either be accompanied by a cord or it could be cordless.
I consider some of the following thing when making my choice of sonic brushes:
- Cost. The brush should be moderately priced and very affordable.
- The number of brush strokes per minute.
- The extra features like the timer.
- Brush heads and the available adaptations and options.
- Charging unit, is it adapted for travel?
- The size. I am partial to products that are compact and very suitable for travelling and vacations. The product must take very little counter space.
Here is a review of some of the sonic brushes I have used.
- Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean: Retailing for about $30, if you love simple and avoid complicated devices, this would be a great hit will you. The tooth brush assumes a very basic and minimal approach to sonic brushes. It is quite large and makes a bit of noise when compared to newer versions. The brush comes in the basic variation that is the standard. The brush is attached in a screw on maneuver which could leave gaps for accumulation of tooth paste and dirt. It is accompanied by a conventional charger stand and a full charge of the battery will last for a period o about two weeks. It is a pretty cheap sonic brush.
- Pursonic high power rechargeable sonic toothbrush, with bonus 12 toothbrushes heads included: The rechargeable tooth brush can produce 40,000 strokes per minute. It is great for hard to reach areas and works splendidly to remove plague and tartar. It has a 2 minutes timer that gives of an alerting beep every 30 seconds to inform you to move on to the next section of your teeth, allowing an even brushing experience. My favorite thing about this product has to be its color coded 12 extra brush heads, which is great for sharing with family and friends. It has different cleaning modes, ranging from power/clean to soft/gentle and massage modes guaranteeing a perfect option for everyone. It is a great buy.
- Waterpik Complete Care 9.0 Sonic Electric Toothbrush : This product here is the grand master. A combination of a sonic tooth brush and water flosser, it is the very thing for your dental hygiene. With additional extensions like plaque seeker, orthodontic, pik pocket tips, a covered reservoir and tip storage unit and a premium hard sided tooth brush travel case, all your dental care needs are solved. It is such a convenient and multifunctional item, it can make remembering to brush and floss very easy and the fact that it takes up very little counter space is also a bonus. It retails at about $119.99, a little pricier than most but very decent pricing for the double value it gives.
Sonic brushes and water flossers are essential tools in achieving great dental health. They are not substitute products seeing that they do different things. The choice of picking either one of the product depends greatly on the user. Find products that are durable and will give consistent and effective results and your teeth will thank you for it.