Dr Tung's Ionic Toothbrush Product Review
Posted on 14 February 2017 by Henley Grove
In recent times dental hygiene and tooth care has taken a fairly large step forward by way of ionic toothbrushes. These simple to use toothbrushes make use of the laws of attraction as found in nature. In this review I will briefly explain the science behind these toothbrushes and my experiences in using Dr Tung's Ionic Toothbrush.
From an early age we are encouraged to care for our teeth and gums with regular, careful brushing, with the focus being on removal of maximum amounts of plaque. Plaque is a filmy buildup on the surface of the teeth, and contains bacteria which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. For good dental health it is necessary to remove plaque often and regularly with brushing and flossing.
Plaque and Polarity
The reason plaque sticks to the teeth is due to the polarity, or charge, of plaque compared with the polarity, or charge, of the tooth surface. Everything in nature has a charge, either positive or negative. Like charges repel from each other, whereas opposite charges are attracted to each other. With regard to dental health, it is known that the tooth surface by default is negatively charged, and that plaque is positively charged; therefore plaque sticks to the teeth. If you've ever gone a day or more without brushing, you'll be familiar with the “furry” feeling your teeth end up with. Your teeth have become a “magnet” for plaque and only brushing it off will restore that slick clean feeling. Now, unfortunately, sometimes the gaps between the teeth are not completely brushed clean of plaque, leaving bacteria in these gaps and contributing to tooth decay, bad breath, and gingivitis. This is where an ionic toothbrush can help enormously.
How it Works
Dr Tung's Ionic Toothbrush looks and feels like a regular manual toothbrush, although within the handle is a power supply (long life battery) connected to a metal plate/band on the handle and a metal rod which leads up into the head of the toothbrush. By holding the toothbrush in your hand with contact on the metal plate and applying the brush head to teeth a circuit is created via the saliva which leads to a change in the polarity/charge of the surface of the tooth. This is only temporary, and does no harm to teeth, gums, or anything else. So the tooth surface, which normally carries a negative charge, is changed to a positive charge. As plaque is also positively charged, the plaque is repelled away from the teeth. This is especially useful in removing plaque from between the teeth where the brush bristles may not reach properly. This provides a much more thorough and complete clean than using an ordinary toothbrush, and enables the teeth to continue to stay clean for longer after brushing.
Using Dr Tung's Ionic Toothbrush
As far as actual use goes, I have been using the Dr Tung's Ionic Toothbrush for a couple of months already. It's recommended to use a wet hand to hold the brush, as this provides better conductivity between the hand and the brush handle. Initially I found having to focus on keeping my thumb/fingers on the metal band was a bit distracting, but that was only because it was something new. I am now comfortable with handling the toothbrush. Along the handle there is a small button and red LED to check battery power on your toothbrush. I've found the shape and size of the handle to be slightly smaller than a lot of modern regular toothbrushes. If you have large hands it might be a bit awkward to hold, although I found it ok. It would be an easy toothbrush for children to hold.
The toothbrush's bristles are quite soft - ideal for those with sensitive teeth/gums, and interestingly, the bristles are of different lengths. The toothbrush head is quite small, which makes it easy to get to back teeth, and with the different length bristles it feels like it's getting in between teeth better. The toothbrush heads are replaceable and come with a spare brush head in the pack. Each toothbrush head is meant to last approximately 3 months. Surprisingly, mine is still in very good condition and I’ve been using it for over two months already. None of the bristles are fraying or degrading so I imagine I’ll get a few more brushes out of it. I spend the same amount of time brushing my teeth with the ionic toothbrush as with any other type - between 2 & 3 minutes.
My Experience with Dr Tung's Toothbrush
Overall my experiences with Dr Tung's Ionic Toothbrush have been quite positive so far. I’ve found my teeth maintain a slick, clean feel for longer than they used to. A big difference I’ve noticed is in regards to flossing after brushing. I continue to floss regularly as I always have, although I have found a lot less junk on the floss after using the ionic toothbrush. This is especially encouraging for me, as my teeth are far from perfect (I probably should have had braces when I was younger) and I have a couple of places that are problematic and really do need floss to stay clean. These areas have been my main gauge of how the ionic toothbrush is going, and the result is excellent. I will continue to use my Dr Tung's Ionic Toothbrush and evaluate its benefits over time; at this point it seems to have been a worthwhile investment in the future health and longevity of my teeth so I would recommend it, especially to anyone who has similar imperfect teeth like mine which require extra attention and care.
About the Author
Henley is a photographer with a passion for natural beauty and uniqueness only found in the imperfection of nature. He openly admits to being a fan of acid jazz music, loves vegan food and lavishes a good natural men's skin care product. Just don't mention the word 'hipster' and all will be well.
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