Best Electric Toothbrush

Best Electric Toothbrush For A Brighter Smile – 2012 Reviews

Top 10 electric toothbrushes : our readers favorites

In this post, I will share the top 10 best selling electric toothbrushes according to readers on this site.

Philips Sonicare FlexCare Rechargeable Sonic ToothbrushWhen I recently asked readers what their favorite electric toothbrush was, there were no doubts, Philips and Oral-B stole the show this year. The gold this year goes to the high-end Philips Sonicare FlexCare Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush. The Flexcare model with the sanitizer, is just as good, maybe even more better, but it’s pricier cost puts it in second place. The  FlexCare models were far the most popular and preferred electric toothbrushes, and, according to our customers, the best overall. Nevertheless, it is worth mentioning that Oral-B Care SmartSeries 5000 is another favorite and, to our opinion, probably of equal quality to its Flexcare competitor.

1. Philips Sonicare FlexCare Rechargeable Sonic Tooth brush BEST OVERALL

2. Philips Sonicare FlexCare Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush with Sanitizer

3. Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000

4. Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean Rechargeable BEST FOR SMALL BUDGETS

5. Philips Sonicare HX9332/05 Diamondclean BEST FOR TRAVELERS

6. Oral B Triumph 9900 with Smart Guide

7. Oral-B Triumph Professional Care 9400 Power Toothbrush

8. Philips Sonicare Essence e5500 Power Toothbrush

9. Philips Sonicare Essence 5300 Power Toothbrush

10. Philips Sonicare Elite e7300 Power Toothbrush

So here’s the list, starting with our #1! Surprisingly the Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean was shy of the third position this year, which is probably due to, like a customer nicely reminded me, “can’t beat the price”. Oral-B again did very well with the Oral-B Triumph Professional Care models # 9950 and 9400. But this is no surprise as Oral-B seems to have been catching up with Philips over the last years to produce great quality electric tooth brushes. This is a good thing as it gives customers plenty of great quality electric toothbrushes at different price range to choose from. Finally, travelers and geeks will love the Sonicare HX9332/05 Diamondclean which comes with a usb charging travel case (!!).


Best Rated Electric Toothbrush – Our Top 3

When it comes to oral hygiene, you should always opt for the best oral products. Healthier gum and teeth will bring you a high quality of life, and a white smile is always what people notice first when they see you. This is why electric toothbrushes are the number one item when it comes to people who really care for their teeth and gum.

What are they scored on?

Good electric toothbrushes will give you the after-dentist clean sensation after only one use. When used properly, they can also give you whiter teeth and keep your gum healthier. Also, because their heads are slightly smaller than manual ones, electric toothbrushes tend to make easy to clean those hard-to-reach areas, such as the teeth located at the very back on the mouth. The more precise mechanism allow to brush each teeth better, or to reduce the amount of pressure and injuries caused on the gum.

Cost: They don’t have to break the bank

When choosing between the best products, it is better to invest a little bit more money, a product that will give you the best results for its value. Of course, you can buy a 10-20 dollars electric toothbrush at your local grocery store. However, these cheap models  are barely a step up from manual brushing. Also, because they are often not rechargeable, you may end up paying much more just in batteries. On the other hand, you certainly do not have to spend 200 dollars to get quality results. Good electric tooth brushes come in different price ranges, and it is up to you to decide whether additional features are important to you.

To help you make an informed decision, we’ve put together what we think are the three bestselling electric toothbrushes currently available of three popular brands: Sonicare, Oral-B and Waterpik. Each brand has its advantages and disadvantages, but are three overall great choices.

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Best Rated Electric Toothbrushes

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Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000 Rechargeable Toothbrush

Best Rated Electric Toothbrushes Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000

In a lifetime, chances are that you have used a manual Oral-B toothbrush. If you thought they were good, wait until you try the electric Oral-B toothbrush.

Being one of the favorite, this awesome product uses an impressive technology that combines both oscillations and pulsations. They have smaller head brushes, which make them the favorite for people with a smaller mouth. What really makes wowed me in first place with the SmartSeries 5000 is the pressure sensor, which automatically detect if you are putting too much pressure on the toothbrush. If the amount of pressure detected is too high, the toothbrush simply stops, preventing you from damaging your teeth and gum over time. The visual timer is also a great addition to a regular toothbrush, at it allows you to visualize exactly when to change side when brushing. If you think it is a bulky gadget to have in your bathroom when not in use, you will be happy to learn that it can also be used as a clock when you are not brushing.

 

 

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Philips Sonicare FlexCare Plus, Rechargeable

Best Rated Electric Toothbrushes Philips Sonicare FlexCare Plus

One of my favorite of all electric tooth brushes has always been the Sonicare Flexcare by Philips. A few months ago, Philips has announced its newer model, the FlexCare Plus, which is fancier version of the FlexCare. The Sonicare FlexCare offer an amazing brushing with the patented sonic technology. With this technology, the bristles move so fast that it remove every little bits of food stuck to your teeth. This awesome toothbrush is highly recommended by many dentists, and will have your dentist or dental hygienist wonder where the cavities and plaque went in so little time. Although it doesn’t have the visual quad timer the Oral-B has, the Sonicare has a built-in quadpacer, which is basically a beep every 30 seconds to let you know that it is time to switch to the other side of the jaw. The Sonicare Flexcare Plus also comes with a sanitizer, which kills most, if not, all the bacterias and germs left on your toothbrush head.

By the way, although the Flexcare Plus offer some nice upgrades, if you already have the Flexcare, I would suggest you stay with it until it is time to change your toothbrushes, as the changes are minimal enough that you do not need to invest another chunk of money in the slightly upgraded model.

 

Waterpik Sensonic Professional Toothbrush

Best Rated Electric Toothbrushes Waterpik Sensonic

My last pick is the Waterpik Sensonic Toothbrush, which is one of the best option out there if you don’t want to spend over 100 dollars on a toothbrush. If you are looking for a less pricey model, you might want to consider this one. The Waterpik Sensonic is very similar to the Sonicare. It uses a sonic technology as well, uses similar brushes (the square/rectangular ones) and has a built-in quadpacer that beeps every 30 seconds. But the Waterpik is not only a copy of the well loved Sonicare, it has some great features of its own, such as the use of two different types of brush heads for superior cleaning. As a matter of fact, the toothbrush comes with a standard head brush and the “interdental brush head”, which was created to help you brush between your teeth.

The Waterpik may not be the high end models the Oral-B 5000 or the Sonicare Flexcare Plus are, but is an overall good product for its price. Plus it is so much affordable!

 

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Dental health

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1. What does this mean?

Dental health includes all aspects of health and how our mouth works, especially regarding our teeth and gum. Other than to allow us to eat, talk, laugh (think about white smiles), our teeth and gum also have to find infections and bacteria, which can cause cavities, gum inflammation, teeth decay and bad breath.

Cavities is a hole that appear in the teeth and is the most common dental health problem. Cavity prevention consists in a good oral hygiene combined with the use of fluoride and the consumption of food that will not cause cavities.

Just like the nose of the Sphinx, teeth can also erode. This is normal and is part of tooth aging. The tooth enamel can deteriorate following exposition to acidic substances other than the the one made by dental plaque.

Wearing out and abrasion are other form of tooth erosion. The wearing out of the teeth is caused by the natural contact of teeth between each other. Erosion is caused by external mechanical factors, such as bad brushing technique.

Paradontosis is the inflammation of the gum and other deeper structures. The most common type of paradontosis is gingivitis, which is the result of infection and inflammation of the gum and other dental tissues. Extreme cases of paradontosis can lead to tooth loss.

2. Why is dental health  so important for the well-being and the overall health?

Mouth health and teeth care are closely connected to general health and to the well-being. The ability to chew and swallow is essential to get all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Moreover, lacking dental health can also impact on the speech and, which can possibly affect self-confidence. Dental diseases and problems also lead to financial and social issues, because they are costly to fix. Furthermore, dental pain due to poor dental health is also the cause of many miss school or work days.

3. The how and the why of cavities

Cavities are the result of acid generated erosion caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque. Those bacteria creates a sticky coat, the dental plaque. Those bacteria eat sugars and secrete acidic products. Those acidic products dissolve minerals such as calcium and phosphorus found in teeth. This is demineralization of teeth.

Cavities can be fixed. Saliva wash off the food in the mouth and neutralize the acidic products released by the bacteria. This process is essential for teeth remineralization. Saliva also brings the fluoride found in the toothpaste or other dental cleaning products to the teeth. Fluoride is used to help control cavities by helping tooth remineralization by inhibiting the production of acids by the bacteria, therefore slowing teeth corrosion.

Fortunately, the formation of cavity doesn’t occur easily. It usually happens once there is an unbalance between demineralization and remineralization.

4. What can increase the formation of cavities

There are several factors that can influence the development of cavities. The susceptibility to cavity varies between people and between each tooth in the mouth. The shape of the jaw and of the mouth, the structure of the teeth, saliva quantity like quality are all factors that will influence predisposition of tooth decay. For example, some teeth may have more hollows or cracks, that allow bacteria and acids to get in more easily. Sometimes, the structure of the jaw or the dentition structure make toothbrushing, flossing or cleaning of some area more difficult.

How much saliva is produced and its quality give a good idea of how teeth remineralization. For instance, cavities usually don’t form at the front of the mouth, where teeth are more exposed to saliva flux.

The type and number of bacteria in the mouth is also an important factor to tooth cavity. All bacteria can ferment sugars into acidic products, but some species of Streptococcus and Lactobacilli produce more. Therefore, a higher presence of those strains in the dental plaque increase the risk of erosion. Some people have higher concentrations of those bacteria on their teeth, generally due to poor dental hygiene.

This is why it is important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime, with your electric toothbrush, floss your teeth every day and reduce you consumption on high in sugar food, such as candies.

Mouth Guard for Grinding Teeth – a Teeth Saver

Teeth Grinding Prevention

Are you grinding your teeth away at night? Find out how you can really stop grinding your teeth.

The role of night guards

mouth guard for grinding teeth Day Night Mouth Guard KitOne of the most popular night guard is the Dental Hygiene Preferred Complete Day/Night Mouth Guard Kit. Easy to wear, it comes with two guards, a small one for a small mouth and a larger one to fit a bigger mouth. To soften them, you need to boil them first to allow them to take the shape of your dental line when you bite in them. In the event you’ve done it wrong the first time, and find that that the bite does not fit your mouth perfectly on the first night, you can put the guard back in boiling water to correct it.

With a good dental night guard, you will be able to sleep a lot better. Make sure that when you try your new mouth guard for grinding teeth, that it stays nicely in place all night long and that it protects your jaw and teeth without bothering your sleep. If you notice any pain in your jaw, face or temples from over clenching your jaw, it is important that your seek the help of a dentist or orthodontist.

If your are not satisfied with your first product, try other brands and models, as every mouth and teeth are different, and you may prefer a brand over another one. Remember that it is important to take care of your teeth. Most people forget that dental care can involve more than just brushing and flossing. Excessive grinding of the teeth or bruxism can cause damages the teeth and it is important that your seek for therapies or treatments, and that your consult your dentist to know more about the different options for you, such as a mouth guard you wear at night.

FAQs about Bruxism

What is it?

Teeth grinding also called bruxism happens when you involuntary clench, grind and gnash your teeth, usually at night, when asleep. A lot of people (about 50%) do grind their teeth, but only 5% are forceful teeth grinders and bruxe on a regular basis.

When awake, the reason for people to grind they teeth can be the result of physical stress, caused by reasons such as anger, concentrating on a something very intensively or simply anxiety. While the problem can be easily stopped during day time, at night, people who teeth grind in their sleep can’t generally realize it. The problems can be so severe that the the noise can sometimes wake up the spouse, partner or roommate who shares the same bed or bedroom.

Common signs of bruxism or teeth grinding can be:

* Grinding sounds when the person is asleep

* Recurrent headaches, jaw joint and/or ear pain

* Teeth aches, especially after waking up in the morning

* Face stiffness or aches, especially after waking up in the morning

* Jaw aches or stiffness when eating and chewing at breakfast

* Clenching of the jaw caused by anger, anxiety or concentrating

* Teeth that are more sensitive to variation in food temperature

* Chipped or cracked tooth enamel

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* Mobile teeth.

Excessive teeth grinding and clenching can cause permanent damages to the teeth, including cracked tooth enamel, excessive wear and tear on the teeth and even broken teeth or restorations, leading to hundreds of dollars of repairs at the dentist office. If you suffer from day bruxism, seek help and tips to stop clenching your jaw when stressed. At night, it is more difficult, even impossible for you to realize that your are grinding your teeth. Bruxism night guard are a great and cheap alternative to the costly custom fitted mouth guard.


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