At Diamond Dental, we pride ourselves on keeping up with the ever-evolving industry and technological advances driving best dental practices. To that end, we are delighted to announce the arrival of the latest in the electric toothbrush lineup: the Oral-B Genius. This product is sure to energize even the most sluggish when it comes to routine oral hygiene. Granted, your vintage-style manual toothbrush will still get the job done, but there is room for user error with traditional toothbrushes that just don’t exist when you go electric. Allow us to explain…

Which is Better: Old-School Style or the Electric Evolution?

If you ask the professionals – after all, they should know – it turns out there really is no “better” option between manual and electric toothbrushes. However, although the American Dental Association (ADA) contends that these two are on equal playing fields when it comes to getting the job done, the real proof in the pudding involves how well you brush. In other words, it’s less about the brush and more about the hand that’s wielding it.

And honestly, that’s not a judgment call as much as a painful reality for some people. If you suffer from joint pain, either from arthritis or another condition, effective brushing might prove difficult for you if you rely on a manual toothbrush. The rest of us don’t really have an excuse aside from laziness. Or, in the words of Kimberly Harms, DDS, “If you are a wonderful brusher and a wonderful flosser…then the manual toothbrushes are just great.” Did you get that? Wonderful brusher AND flosser…

Now, if you really are thoroughly brushing your teeth – and that means a minimum of twice a day for a minimum of two minutes both times – and flossing, then more power to you. An electric toothbrush is not for you. So, you two readers can go about your business while the rest of us get real and get up to speed on the Oral-B Genius.

Speaking of speed, that’s where electric toothbrush efficacy really comes into play. An electric toothbrush is basically a concentrated collection of bristles that rotate at very high speeds. The result is a high-shine polish in a flash. While electric toothbrushes might seem brand new, the fact is they have been in development for a considerable amount of time.

Exploring a Brief History of the Electric Toothbrush

Perhaps a quick glimpse at the development of the manual toothbrush will make the electric evolution even more exciting. Author Dulce Zamora published some interesting research for WebMD, in an article entitled, “Ordinary vs. Powered Toothbrushes. Stroke of Genius.”

Consider this: if you had some serious coin during the Middle Ages, you could afford a toothbrush. A twig, really. But a twig pulled from only the sweetest-smelling trees. Imagine that.

Fortunately, not long thereafter, an emperor in China devised of a bone handle with hog bristles attached to one side. Well, good news travels fast and before long, this hog-bristled handle became all the rage in Europe. How neat. Of course, money talks and if you didn’t have enough of it, you and your family were relegated to sharing one of these devices. Because that’snot gross at all.

Flash forward to 1954 and Europe – Switzerland, to be exact – gets with the program in an inventive way. Dr. Philippe Guy Wong developed the “Broxodent,” the first real electric toothbrush that was actually consumer-worthy. In other words, people actually used it, despite the fact that it required live voltage in order to operate. Hmm…what could go wrong?

GE caught up with the electric toothbrush craze, releasing a version that resembles the electric toothbrushes we see today. Cordless and rechargeable, GE’s electric toothbrush was the first that did not require an outlet. Safety first, right? Genius!

Speaking of genius…

Meet the Oral-B Genius, Available Now at Diamond Dental

From the twig, to hog bristles, from plug-in to rechargeable battery-operated, the toothbrush has evolved considerably over its lengthy history. Never before has it been so impressive or technologically-driven. To start with, Oral-B is the #1 toothbrush brand recommended by dentists around the world. One could argue that the Oral-B Genius has a mind of its own…but not in the scary robot way.

Rather, this electric toothbrush will understand your dental habits and coach you into better brushing. What does that mean? Well, let’s say you are wrapping up your day, one eye on the news as you get ready for bed. Something sets your blood boiling and without even realizing it, you start to exert too much pressure on the surface of your teeth. With a manual toothbrush, you’d likely never know that you were stressing your teeth, compromising your enamel, and possibly inflaming your gums. But, the Oral-B Genius will actually alert you via an audible cue that you are being too rough on your teeth.

Its design is meant to mimic professional dental tools, so the brush head is rounded, which provides a super snug fit around each tooth for a more thorough cleaning. But get this – thanks to the Oral-B Genius’ Position Detection, you’ll get brushing guidance, courtesy of facial recognition technology. All you have to do is access the Oral-B app on your smartphone and leave the rest to the Genius.

What about that two-minute twice a day brushing rule? With the Oral-B Genius, you’ll never again have to wonder if you’ve brushed enough…or are falling short of that two-minute benchmark. Thanks to its own timer, you’ll get an alert after you’ve brushed for just the right amount of time. The Genius is like the Goldilocks of the electric toothbrush realm.

Want one of your own? You’ve come to the right place…

Diamond Dental Has Your Oral-B Genius

Not surprisingly, Diamond Dental is among the first of the dental offices in your area to stock the Oral-B Genius for our patients. When you’re ready to learn more, simply call the office or stop in for a quick tutorial on how the Genius is really a no-brainer when it comes to your best smile.