My favorite toothbrush is the Sonicare electric toothbrush by Philips. I personally use it and highly recommend it. I was not initially convinced that an electric toothbrush would clean that much better than manual brushing as I felt I brushed thoroughly. But I was wrong. Several years ago, I finally decided to test out a Sonicare to see what all the hype was about. After giving it a try for a few days, I was sold. I did not like the vibration at first. I got used to it after a few days, especially after I realized how effective it was at removing plaque. It was amazing. The brush head moves at such a fast pace that you could never move your hand or wrist to move it as many times in such a short time. My teeth feel glassy smooth after brushing now.
However to get the full benefit and the cleanest result, I would recommend using it for the full 2-minute cycle with gentle pressure.
The method I use is:
- Wet the brush head.
- Set it on the clean setting.
- Brush the biting surfaces first.
- Then slowly move it back and forth at the gumline areas on both the inner and outside surfaces of the teeth.
- Finally, move the brush up and down the sides of the teeth.
The full 2 minutes will allow plenty of time to brush thoroughly. Do it slowly and even go back over areas that you may tend to miss. The result will be very clean and glassy smooth teeth! The Sonicare really does all the work for you. You just need to guide it.
I find that most patients tend to brush too fast and miss areas. Also, they tend to brush too hard. Just remember to brush slower and make sure your brush touches every surface that you want clean.
As for which model to buy, that is entirely up to you as they all work great. I find that the basic model works fine as I mainly just use the clean setting to do the 2-minute brushing. You may want to try the more expensive models with all the bells and whistles. However, I found after having a model with all the extras that I really just used the clean setting.
When I travel, I pack my Sonicare. Patients have told me that even when they have traveled for up to 3 weeks, a Sonicare will hold its charge. The length of time of holding a charge may depend on the model that you have and how old it is. I just can’t leave home without it.
FYI Using the Sonicare does not mean you don’t have to floss. Flossing at least once a day, preferably twice a day, is still recommended to get the cleanest mouth. How you clean between your teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach is by flossing. You will find that the Sonicare does create sonic waves that will tend to flush out some food particles that are between the teeth but it cannot remove the plaque that is there. Plaque is sticky and has to be physically removed.
I have been reading about an alarming trend that some people are using Mr. Clean Magic Erasers to whiten their teeth. The Erasers are made of non-toxic melamine which in its solid state is a delicate but strong abrasive which makes it great for household cleaning. But if used on your teeth, it will wear your enamel down. The enamel layer is what gives teeth their whiteness, but the underlying tooth core called dentin is generally darker. As you wear off your enamel, you will eventually start to see your teeth getting darker,
Remember, once the enamel is gone, it will need to be restored with veneers or bonding as it will not grow back. You may even experience increased sensitivity and problems with cavities without enough enamel protection. I will say the Erasers are great for household cleaning, but not for teeth whitening.
These are precautions and protocols that we have put into place:
- Patients are asked to wear a mask when entering our building and while in the office.
- Appointments are required.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers are available throughout the office for your use.
- Our waiting room will no longer offer magazines and other items which cannot be properly disinfected.
- We are scheduling one patient at a time. Appointments are managed to allow for social distancing between patients.
- We are also using Germ Guardian air purifiers in the office.
- Patients are asked to come alone if at all possible.
- Upon arrival, we will be doing a temperature check and screening for any symptoms.
- After each patient, we remove the plastic coverings. Then we disinfect the room with Cavicide followed by HOCL (hypochlorous acid) and then replace the plastic coverings.
- CaviCide is a convenient, ready-to-use, intermediate-level surface disinfectant that is effective against TB, HBV, HCV, viruses (hydrophilic and lipophilic), bacteria (including MRSA and VRE), and fungi.
- Hypochlorous acid – It’s actually the same substance your white blood cells produce to fight infection and it’s as effective as bleach. Given how effective it is at killing microbes without leaving behind harmful residues, hypochlorous acid is also used for preserving fresh produce.
- We are following the CDC guidelines to ensure patients and staff remain safe.
We hope this message finds you and your family in good health. Los Angeles has been through a lot over the last few months and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal lives. While many things have changed, one thing at Tamura Dentistry has remained the same: our commitment to your safety. As you may have seen during your visits to our office, infection control has always been a top priority for our practice. Our strict processes have made the care you receive at Tamura Dentistry both safe and comfortable.
Private care offices like ours don’t have a waiting room full of sick people. If you’ve been here, you’ve probably never seen my reception room full of waiting patients. That’s been by design since I started my practice. We see one patient at a time and run our schedule accordingly. Our reception room is usually empty, because the scheduled patient is in the chair.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (323) 937-0197 .
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends in the safest possible way.