What are sonic electric toothbrushes?
Sonic electric toothbrushes is a newer type of electric toothbrush introduced to the United Kngdom’s market in 1992. Sonic toothbrushes are electronically powered toothbrushes that operate at a frequency audible to the human ear and has been proven to be five times more efficient in dental hygiene than normal tooth brushing technique. It was introduced under the Sonicare brand name is and is considered today to be the preeminent product that represents this type of toothbrush.
How do Sonic Electric Toothbrushes Work?
Sonic toothbrushes vibrate at about 30,000 to 40,000 brush strokes per minute which is equal to about 500 to 800 brush strokes per second – that’s some really supersonic speed- giving your teeth a better care than your hand can give.
The speed which they move, gives your teeth a better cleaning experience as they are very much able to reach areas manual brushing would not dare to reach. This is due to the action of the bristles present in the sonic toothbrush as the move along the surface of our teeth. This effectiveness depends on the distance the bristle has to cover- the lower the distance, the better they clean- and the number of strokes per minute or second.
The extreme vibration also helps to create a considerable amount of energy as well as the rapid motion powers mouth fluids such as saliva, toothpaste, and water into the areas between the teeth and gum line. This results in a considerable amount of attention given to an area that would have been inadequately attended to with a manual toothbrush.
The major characteristics of sonic toothbrushes are their speed. Sonic toothbrushes operate at a fast rate that is quite audible to the human ear with a humming sound.
Sonic toothbrushes are also capable of dislodging microorganisms from teeth’s without physically coming in contact with the affected teeth.
History of Sonic Electric Toothbrushes
The history of sonic toothbrushes has its roots in Davis Giuliani, an entrepreneur electrical engineer who pioneered the concept of a dental hygiene device that would utilize a multimorph transducer in dental cleaning. He pioneered his idea in 1987, but it was still a work-in-progress as at then.
After years of research and creating different prototypes for his dream device, Davis introduced his brain child- the Sonicare toothbrush- at a periodontal convention in Florida in the year 1992. The Sonicare toothbrush gained wide acceptance in the United States and by the last quarter of 2001, it had become the top selling rechargeable and electronically powered toothbrush in the Unites States. To help improve its brand recognition in the United States, Philips Electronics began a massive drive to rebrand the Sonicare toothbrush as the “Philips Sonicare”