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Toothbrush Focus

A reference guide to the manual and power toothbrushes currently available, including handle and bristle design and unique features.

Product recommendations are an important part of our role as dental hygienists. With the immense selection of toothbrushes on the market today, advising patients on which one is best for them can seem overwhelming. Hence, the Toothbrush Focus. We have compiled a list of many of the manual and power toothbrushes available along with their performance features. Our hope is that these tables will help you in your everyday interaction with patients by providing an easy reference tool that illustrates what features are available on what brushes. Keeping up-to-date on product information is key. If you have questions, contact the manufacturer. Most manufacturers would relish the chance to discuss their products with you.
—Anna M. Pattison, RDH,  MS, Editor In Chief

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Power Rechargeable Toothbrush


Boston, introduces the new Sonic Complete™ power rechargeable toothbrush. The Sonic Complete offers patient customization and design features along with three brushing modes: clean, soft, and massage. It has a slim, lightweight handle, soft gum bumpers, and Oral-B’s CrissCross™ bristles. It comes with two brushheads, a travel case, and a storage tower charger. The Sonic Complete will be available to dental professionals in June 2004. (800) 44-ORALB; .

Sunstar Butler,

Chicago, introduces the new Delicate Toothbrush, designed for postsurgical cleaning, periodontal disease, mouth irritations, extractions, implants, grafts, and apthous ulcers. Part of the GUM® line of oral care products, the Delicate brush offers ultra-soft, .004 inch-diameter nylon bristles. The brush also has a comfortable thumb-grip handle. (800) JBUTLER;

Sonic Toothbrush

Philips Oral Healthcare,

Snoqualmie, Wash, offers the Sonicare Elite. Its patented second generation sonic technology uses a combination of high frequency bristle motion and dynamic cleaning action. The Sonicare Elite’s slim, angled neck and tapered brush head focus powerful cleaning action in hard-to-reach interproximal, subgingival, and posterior areas. Its contour-fit bristle design surrounds teeth for precision cleaning, and a new ergonomic grip improves brushing maneuverability. (800) 676-SONIC;

Toothbrush for Sensitive Tissue

Osseo, Wis, offers the RX Ultra Suave® for highly sensitive oral tissues that often occur postoperatively and in patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. The brush is designed to allow cleaning in areas that may get overlooked because they are too delicate. (715) 597-3935;

From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. May 2004;2(5):30, 32, 34-35.

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