Dental tips about sonic toothbrushes are provided by Burnaby Dentists at North Burnaby Dental Group.
Proper brushing is part of an effective way to help keep your mouth and teeth clean and healthy. Even if you are excellent at brushing your teeth, did you know that a sonic toothbrush can remove more bacteria than a manual toothbrush? Effectively removing bacteria goes a long way to help prevent a host of potential dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, gingivitis, tartar buildup and bad breath.
What Is a Sonic Toothbrush?
A sonic toothbrush is an electric toothbrush that typically has frequencies that range from 200 to 400 Hz, that is 12,000 – 24,000 oscillations or 24,000 – 48,000 movements per minute. Source Wikipedia
Why Sonic Toothbrushes Are Effective at Cleaning Teeth
The advantage of a sonic toothbrush over a manual toothbrush is that they clean teeth in two different ways. The first is the same as how a manual toothbrush cleans is having the bristles make contact with the teeth and scrubbing bacteria, food debris and plaque off the teeth. A sonic toothbrush can create about 100 times more strokes per minute than a manual toothbrush, which results in a more thorough cleaning job.
The second way a sonic toothbrush cleans the teeth is by agitating the fluids that surround the teeth (water, saliva and toothpaste) at an intense vibration. This fluid is forced along the gum line, as well as against and in between the teeth, helping to dislodge bacteria and even breaking up plaque. Since this action does not require direct contact with teeth, this also helps remove plaque from hard to reach places.
According to Clinical Studies by Philips Sonicare, evidence supports that using a sonic toothbrush is more effective when it comes to removing plaque, reducing gingivitis and also stain removal.
Plaque Removal Study
Results: Removed significantly more plaque than a manual toothbrush overall and in all other regions, including hard-to-reach areas. Sonicare DiamondClean compact brush head removed 100% more plaque in hard-to-reach areas than a manual toothbrush.
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Results: Gingivitis was significantly superior to a manual toothbrush in reducing gingivitis and the number of sites with gingival bleeding over two and four weeks and significantly superior to a manual toothbrush in overall percent plaque reduction over two and four weeks.
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Stain Removal Study
Results: Sonicare DiamondClean power toothbrush removed significantly more surface stain than a manual toothbrush.
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Sonic toothbrushes are also beneficial if you have arthritis or manual dexterity issues as a sonic toothbrush may be more comfortable than a regular toothbrush. Since they provide excellent plaque removal between the teeth and hard to reach places they are also extremely helpful at getting your teeth clean if you have braces or crooked teeth.
Sonic toothbrushes range in price between approximately $100 – $300 and are manufactured by brands that you may be familiar with such as Philips and Oral-B. The toothbrush is an investment in your dental health. If used in conjunction with a good oral hygiene routine and regular dental check ups, you will see the value returned to you over a lifetime of healthy teeth.
The benefits of using a sonic toothbrush seem well worth looking into and a useful tool to help give you the dentist clean teeth feeling in between check ups.
If you have any questions about whether a sonic toothbrush would benefit you, please feel free to ask your Burnaby Dentist at North Burnaby Dental Group.