Oral B SmartSeries 7000 With Bluetooth – A quick overview

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Similarly priced to the comparable Sonicare DiamondClean, The Oral B SmartSeries 7000 Toothbrush is definitely a brush made for people who are very serious about their personal oral hygiene.  A big selling point for this brush is it’s bluetooth connectivity allowing you to customize your brushing experience and even track brushing statistics.

A rubber grip on the back of the brush prevents slippage. Add to that pressure sensors in the brush which glow red if you press too hard, and you’ve got a brush built to clean and protect like never before.

Included with the brush are 4 extra brush heads for more brushing customization, along with a timer to keep you on track. Oral B has created an app, designed to sync with your bluetooth toothbrush, and give updates on your brushing status. The app provides warnings when you are pushing too hard, and adds tips to help make sure you are brushing as thoroughly as possible, which equates to less plaque, and less chance of cavities at your next visit to the dentist.

The app also asks you if you cleaned your tongue, flossed and rinsed. Over time it tracks the days, percentages, and efficacy of your oral hygiene habits.

One unique feature offered by the Oral B 7000 is called Focused Care. On your next dental visit, he can program into the app the areas which you need to focus on to have a cleaner mouth. The app then takes your dentists recommendations, and reminds you each day to focus on those areas.

At the end of the day, you can see that the Oral B 7000, when paired with a smartphone, can be a powerful tool to really focus your oral hygiene habits and create a longer lasting clean, and a healthier mouth.

For more comparisons of Sonicare Vs Oral B toothbrushes, click here.

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Sonicare DiamondClean – A quick overview

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At a whopping $220, the Sonicare DiamondClean definitely doesn’t earn first place for the cheap toothbrush award. But for those looking for an incredible brushing experience, this brush might just be the ticket.

For starters, it’s the first high-end electric toothbrush offering black, white, and pink color choices. This brush also offers 5 different brushing modes: Clean, Whiten, Polish, Gum Care, and Sensitive. This allows the user to customize the brush to whatever they need. After choosing a category, you will be guided by a timer built into the toothbrush, telling you when it’s time to switch to a different area in your mouth.

The brush also professes to lift up to 7 times more plaque in a week than a manual toothbrush would do. This is a big deal! The motions of the toothbrush bristles promotes a deeper clean as it pushes fluid and toothpaste into those hard to reach areas of your mouth, between the teeth and along your gum line.

Along with these great features, you’ll also find some incredible add-ons with this toothbrush. For example, a cup that you place your brush into acts as a charger, which will give your toothbrush enough juice to last for 3 weeks if needs be.

Shannon Jenest, director of marketing communications explained, “The glass charger is a great example of where functionality and beautiful design intersect, which is deeply rooted in our heritage.”  

If you’re the kind of person who wants the best of everything, this toothbrush is for you. For more of a breakdown comparing Sonicare Vs Oral B, click here. If you haven’t already switched to an electric toothbrush, you really are missing out!

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Fluoride – The Good and The Bad

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With a topic so hotly debated, it’s difficult to find unbiased information about fluoride, when it’s appropriate, and how it should be used. According to the American Acadamy of Pediatrics (AAP) fluoride should be prescribed as soon as teeth emerge.

A new report, released just 3 days ago by the AAP, lays out specific recommendations for children at each stage of development. This is the first time that the AAP has endorsed these guidelines through their own publications.

It is important to note that fluoride provides both risks AND benefits for its users. Pediatricians must be aware of both in order to provide the best possible care for the patients they treat.

Dental caries has long been known as the most widespread disease among children in the United States. It is also known to be widely preventable. Correct usage of fluoride provides the possibility of stopping the disease in its tracks.

A few of the risks that one should be aware of are fluoride poisoning and failure of tooth to mineralize properly. Fluoride poisoning has become much more common as fluoride becomes more widely available in the United States. Most of these cases are very mild, and include symptoms of slight striations in the teeth, or slightly opaque areas.

More severe cases can include pitting in the teeth, and weaker tooth structure over all, but these cases are quite rare in the US. By the time a child reaches age 8, the risk for fluoride poisoning (fluorosis) drops dramatically.

Among other recommendations in the report, the AAP suggested the following:

  • Supervision for small children using fluoride
  • Prescriptions should not exceed a 4 month period
  • Fluoride toothpaste is recommended for all children at the time of tooth eruption
  • Toothpaste should be no bigger than a grain of rice up to age 3, and no bigger than a pea after age 3
  • Fluoride varnish should be applied every 3-6 months starting at tooth eruption
  • Over-the-counter fluoride product should not be used by children under 6 years of age

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Dangerous levels of Fluoride found in Maine drinking water.

file000439115492Federal guidelines are certainly not always the best measure of safety, but if you are going by federal standards, there are many New England residents who are drinking water that contains twice as much fluoride as recommended by these standards.

After testing drinking wells from an undisclosed quantity of towns and wells, officials found wells in ten different towns who’s fluoride levels were vaguely described as, “higher than hoped for.”

This study’s results were posted just last week by Dina Fine Maron, who stated that an absence of regulation is to blame. She went on to proclaim that this lack of regulation was putting thousands of innocent citizens in a dangerous position with such high quantities of fluoride consumption.

The main source of water in Maine comes from private wells, which makes it much more difficult to monitor and regulate fluoride levels in the water. These private wells are not accessed by public officials, and are therefore not tested the way a public water source would be tested.

While officials have come out with many statements which encourage homeowners to test their water regularly, citizens are simply not taking action. Apart from high fluoride levels, this lack of regulation may also lead to unhealthy levels of bacteria, minerals, and other foreign attackers penetrating the water source and launching an attack on victims who simply wanted a glass of water.

The Environmental Protection Agency has set a certain level of fluoride in the water as the “Maximum acceptable level of exposure.”  Maron’s study showed that more than one of the wells contained more than double this limit.

In one of the worse towns, 37.8 percent of wells tested were beyond the established limit according to state guidelines. Excess amounts of fluoride can cause many health issues including brittle bones, oral health problems, and according to one source in China, decreased intelligence.

The levels detected in this China source were similar to the levels which have been detected in some of the Maine wells, according to  a local toxicologist, Andrew Smith.

Granite found in Maine’s soil is believed to be the main culprit in the increased levels of fluoride, most evident in Hancock County, where the most alarming results were discovered.

After studying one fourth of all towns in main, a total of ten demonstrated “dangerous” levels of fluoride.

Needless to say, it is a good idea for residents of Maine and other areas using water wells to have their water tested regularly to check levels of fluoride, and even more importantly, arsenic and deadly bacteria.

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Monkey Selfie – Copyright laws fail to satisfy monkey

After a drawn out battle with photographer David Slater, United States copyright regulators determined that a selfie taken by a monkey with a stolen camera in the jungle could not be copyrighted. Slater, the owner of the stolen camera, said the monkey should be treated as his assistant. While laws according to man have been satisfied, the monkeys rights have been completely neglected.

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The monkey’s terrible oral hygiene has been exploited, and he’s upset. In an interview yesterday, the monkey raged, “People think that because I’m a monkey I don’t have feelings. Now I’m the laughing stock of my tribe.”

As repulsive as it may be, this photo is being liked and shared like a bong in a frat house. The monkey later placed a direct threat on Slater. “I’d stay out of the jungle if I were you, David Slater. Unless you wanna have one mad monkey on your hands. Watch your back, man. Watch your back.”

When asked if he would be taking Slater to court for the damage done, the monkey stated that the revenge he seemed could not be achieved in the courtroom.

After the interview, the monkey stuck his finger up his bum, sniffed it, and ran away.

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You won’t believe what a toothbrush can do for your overall health!

Perhaps you’ve heard before that the oral cavity is a gateway to the rest of our body. You probably haven’t heard that poor oral health is indicative of and can lead to heart disease, respiratory disease, pneumonia, clogged arteries, endocarditis, and sepsis just to name a few. “Good dental health isn’t just about having beautiful teeth, it also reflects on our overall health”, stated one local dentist.

When you visit the dentist, the examination consists of much more than the teeth. Your dentist does a thorough check of your oral cavity, looking for signs of the above mentioned diseases as well as cancer and others. When they find a problem, they can then refer you to your primary care provider or specialist as the case may dictate.

Many of these diseases, such as Pemphigus Vulgaris, show their first symptoms in the oral cavity, thus allowing your dentist to catch them in their earlier stages, making treatment much easier and more effective.

For cancer detection, dentists utilize fluorescent blue light devices to detect otherwise invisible symptoms. These devices have stopped cancer in its tracks countless times, all because the patient was visiting the dentist regularly.

Dentists do more simple things, too, to make sure their patient’s overall health is in good standing. Your dentist may check your blood pressure and refer you to your primary care provider if necessary.

One dentist recalled a patient earlier on in his career, high blood pressure, diabetes, and periodontal disease. The dentist treated her periodontal (gum) disease, and the blood pressure and sugar levels stabilized. After learning of this link, her physician began referring patients with similar symptoms to their dentists for gum disease treatment.

It wasn’t until more recently that clearer evidence has been provided showing the association between gum disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. The problem that oral health faces is that the majority of the population only pays close attention to their oral health when they are experiencing pain or discomfort. Once the pain goes away, so does the patient’s preoccupation with their oral health.

The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body and keeping your oral cavity clean is conducive to a healthy lifestyle. “Keeping your mouth clean is easy and doesn’t take much time” stated one local hygienist. She continued, “The three keys to oral health are brushing (preferably with an electric toothbrush), flossing, and using a mouthwash to kill the remaining bacteria in your mouth.

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