Solar Toothbrush Cleans with Electrons, Not Toothpaste

Solar-powered toothbrush cleans with electrons, not toothpasteToothbrush technology just took a major leap forward with the introduction of a solar-powered toothbrush that cleans with electrons rather than toothpaste.

Canadian researchers teamed with a Japanese manufacturer to create the “Soladey-J3X,” which uses light to send electrons down the bristles. Plaque breaks down when the electrons react with acid in the mouth.

The brush is also designed to kill two types of bacteria involved in gum disease.

The researchers are about to begin testing the solar toothbrush on a sample of teenagers. It is not publicly available at this time.

Read more: Paste-Free Toothbrush Cleans With Solar Power

The Best Toothbrush, According to Dentists

Toothbrushes: conventional, electric and sonicWhen asked what they would recommend for a typical patient, dentists were evenly split between conventional, electric and sonic toothbrushes. However, some feel there’s little difference.

“Location, location, location,” advised one dentist. “If an area is missed, it doesn’t matter which kind of brush missed it.”

In this survey, 32% of dentists recommend an electric toothbrush, 31% recommend a sonic toothbrush, 28% recommend a conventional toothbrush, and 9% say any toothbrush is fine.

Here are some dentist comments:

  • “Patient diligence is more important than the type of toothbrush used.” (West Virginia dentist)
  • “Any toothbrush is fine. Just remember to floss.” (Oral surgeon)
  • “It depends on the patient and their motor skills.” (Indiana dentist)
  • “Many are fine, but I prefer that they use an antibacterial toothpaste.” (Georgia dentist)
  • “Most patients can do a better job with electric than manual.” (Florida periodontist)
  • “Soft bristles are best for conventional brushes. Electric is best overall.” (California dentist)
  • “If patients are doing fine with their conventional toothbrush, unless they ask, I won’t advise anything else.” (New York dentist)
  • “I give
    a Sonicare away with every scale and root plane/periodontal program.” (Texas dentist)

Read more: The Best Toothbrush: Whichever One You’ll Use, Say Dentists

How Brushing Your Teeth Can Be Bad for Your Dental Health

British Survey Finds Acid Erosion on Children’s Teeth

A recent survey of British dentists indicates children may be damaging their teeth by over-brushing.

Fully 79% of dentists reported seeing more acid erosion on kids’ teeth. The survey also found that just over half of fiver-year-olds suffer from acid erosion. (Conducted by toothpaste manufacturer Sensodyne, the data included British dentists and parents.)

So what’s to blame? Soft drinks and fruit juice are major culprits. Acidic foods and sauces only make the problem worse. And tooth-brushing often compounds the issue.

Though it’s no surprise to dentists, most kids and parents don’t know that over-brushing damages teeth. Since acidic food and drink soften tooth enamel, the worst time to brush is directly after eating or drinking something acidic.

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