Dentists Reveal the Truth About Silicone Toothbrushes

Foreo silicone toothbrush

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The dental trade is without doubt one of the few well being and sweetness areas the place there hasn’t been a lot by way of innovation in the previous couple of years. Sure, Sonicare will launch a cool new brush colour now and again or Crest will launch a brand new tooth whitening system, however whenever you get right down to it, every part “new” is kind of the identical previous factor with slicker advertising and marketing. Now, 2 manufacturers are altering all that. Boie and Foreo have come out with disruptive takes on conventional toothbrushes.

Foreo silicone toothbrush electric

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Foreo’s brush is known as Issa and is available in each a full-size and mini model, each of that are electrical and fabricated from silicone. Issa’s battery lasts a 12 months and the toothbrush head must be changed simply as soon as each six months. For comparability, Sonicare lasts about 2 weeks and the comb must be changed each 2 to 3 months. Boie, then again, is a handbook brush and is produced from a newly developed medical-grade rubber. Its bristles, not like conventional nylon ones, have antibacterial properties and are supposed to be gentler on enamel (it’s widespread for folks to put on down their gums by constantly brushing too aggressively with their electrical toothbrush). Both brushes have ergonomic designs. As with the Issa, the Boie brush head lasts about six months and, not like different handbook brushes, you simply exchange the comb head, not the whole toothbrush.

“Silicone bristles are an interesting concept because they are nonporous and carry less bacteria,” says Dr. Victoria Veytsman, proprietor of Cosmetic Dental Studios. “I love that they come in different colors and the design is unbeatable. However, I have not seen much research or clinical studies backing their effectiveness in removing plaque.”

Veytsman underlines that the only most vital factor in terms of toothbrushes is how nicely they’ll attain all of the surfaces of the tooth and take away plaque and micro organism. “This is even more important than the toothpaste you’re using. My question would be, can those silicone bristles reach all the nooks and crevices between the teeth and every surface of the tooth? Once I see more data on that, I would happily recommend them to my patients. For now, there are electric toothbrushes with plenty of clinical research supporting their effectiveness.”

Boie USA silicone toothbrush

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Dr. David Frey, creator of Revitalize Your Smile, whereas additionally hoping for extra analysis on the newfangled brushes, is intrigued by the innovation. “The Foreo toothbrush is electric and uses sonic waves to dismantle plaque and bacteria from the tooth’s surface. It’s innovative and sleek and seems especially appropriate for children, handicapped and manually disadvantaged people who have a hard time removing plaque effectively.”

In the identical vein, New York City-based beauty dentist Dr. Brian Kantor of Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor highlights that the Issa is extra ergonomic than a number of the different toothbrushes available on the market and it permits you to successfully attain each a part of the mouth. “I also like that the Issa uses silicone bristles that are nonabrasive and soft, providing a gentler, more comfortable brushing experience. Another benefit is that the bristles are nonporous silicone, which is resistant to bacteria buildup. I typically recommend that my patients use a soft-bristled electric toothbrush with a timer, like the Issa, because they remove plaque and stains more effectively while still being gentle on tooth enamel and helping to prevent gum recession.”

Kantor says that what it in the end comes right down to is that the affected person must be comfy with no matter brush they use or they received’t use it correctly. “I do think the claims are legit and the Issa is worth the investment. This is one of the first big innovations in the toothbrush category that I have seen since the introduction of the Sonicare toothbrush.”

As for the Boie, it operates on the identical precept as Issa, with an antibacterial and BPA-free bristle, nevertheless it’s a handbook different. Dr. James Scapillato says that if you’re going to go for a handbook brush, it’s at all times higher to make use of a soft-bristled brush to scale back harm to enamel and tissue, which is one thing the Boie has going for it. “Stiff-bristled toothbrushes can further damage tissue and teeth and are falsely promoted to last.”

Dr. George Kirby of Downtown Dental Services, who has been practising for 46 years, wouldn’t suggest the Boie. While he says he’s intrigued, he’s troubled by the dearth of literature supporting its precise effectiveness. “I have come to the belief that 75 percent of the population would benefit from an electric brush,”  he says. “I always withhold that recommendation until after their first recall appointment when I can assess their home care. I am partial to Sonicare because of the ultrasonic action and head size, though Oral-B now offers that also.”


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Kirby can be involved in regards to the dimension of the Boie head, which is considerably giant. He recommends a smaller head so it’s going to match into tight areas behind the higher and decrease entrance enamel. “You must remember that these manufacturers can claim anything, but it is clinical trials that will prove or disprove their effectiveness,” he says.

Innovation in any area is thrilling, so let’s hope it’s not lengthy earlier than Foreo and Boie get some medical proof behind these new gadgets in order that we are able to have a greater understanding of all the professionals and cons of utilizing a silicone toothbrush.

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