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What Is the Best Electric Toothbrush and Why Do You Want It?

What Is the Best Electric Toothbrush and Why Do You Want It?

Dentists will recommend that you use an electric toothbrush over a manual or battery-powered toothbrush because they are healthier for your teeth. What does an electric toothbrush do that a regular one doesn’t? An electric toothbrush creates fast, automatic bristle motions as either back-and-forth oscillation or rotation-oscillation to clean teeth. Movement at sonic speeds or below are done through a motorized base. When you use ultrasonic toothbrushes, the ultrasonic movements are produced by a piezoelectric crystal. Unlike battery-powered brushes, electric toothbrushes use a rechargeable battery that reloads when it sits on the base between toothbrush uses and is plugged into an outlet.

Electric toothbrushes are categorized by the frequency (speed) of their motions. You can get power, sonic or ultrasonic toothbrushes. A brush is put into a category on whether its motions are below, at, or above the audible range 20–20,000 Hz or 2,400–2.4 million movements per minute, respectively.

Toothbrush Companies

While most companies offer a battery-powered toothbrush, only two main companies sell true electric toothbrushes: Oral B and Phillips. Both companies have a range of products on the market that fit any price and consideration to patients. Below, you will get some information about the quality brushes offered today.

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Oral B Deep Sweep 1000

Experts and owners have listed the Oral-B Deep Sweep 1000 as the best electric toothbrush because of its great cleaning, long-term durability, and versatile, affordable, line of brush heads. When you use Deep Sweep after a manual brush, you notice a remarkable difference. The brush lists the most important features you need in an electric toothbrush. It also is not on the high-end of the price spectrum.

Philips Sonicare for Kids

Children often do not like the electric toothbrushes because they feel strange on the teeth. However, the Philips Sonicare for Kids is designed for children ages 4 and older, which makes it more palpable for children to use. The brush comes with a smaller and softer toothbrush head. Your children will move toward the two-minute brushing routine gradually over a 90-day period. You get 10 different stickers to put on the handle and an interactive application that keeps kids on track to good oral health. However, the app isn’t well-liked and is not available for Android phones.

These are the best in their category, but you might want to try these depending on your budget:

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Philips Diamond Clean Sonicare

This is the top of the line for electric toothbrushes, costing about $220. The brush features a way to clean up to seven times more plaque than other brushes, five modes of operation, charging travel case and a charging glass, and the diamond head for best whitening prowess.

Philips FlexCare Platinum Sonicare

You get 10 times the plaque removal and healthier gums in two weeks. It has three modes of operation and three intensity settings. Alerts to tell you that you are brushing too hard. Different brushes can give you a deep clean. The price is around $180.

Philips Two Series Plaque Control Sonicare

You will see six times more plaque removal than other brushes. It offers one mode of operation and is priced around $70.

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Oral B Products

Oral B has four lines of electric toothbrushes that range from $25 to $150 depending on the features you seek. They all remove plaque and help protect your gums from gum disease. Some connect to Bluetooth technology. They are competitive with Philips for cleanliness.

Why does the toothbrush matter?

Most people say that Americans are not as disciplined when brushing as they could be. A number of reports found that people brush for only 30 to 60 seconds, which is half the time recommended by dentists. It’s not enough time to enable the fluoride in toothpaste to do its job.

Electric toothbrushes have built-in timers that make people brush longer. They use either rotating brush heads that spin 360 degrees or rotating-oscillating heads that move from side to side, not making a full circle. Sonic toothbrushes vibrate from side to side at a very rapid speed. All types of electric toothbrushes are effective at improving oral health. You should use the one that is most comfortable to you and your budget. The main goal is to keep brushing regularly.

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Featured photo credit: Toothbrush via lifehack.org

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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